Using a time-geographical diary method in order to facilitate reflections on changes in patterns of daily occupations

Kristina Orban, Anna-Karin Edberg, Lena-Karin Erlandsson

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Abstract

Objective and methods: Time-use methodologies have been proposed to be established research techniques when exploring aspects of daily occupations. In this study, two graphs illustrating the time arrangement of occupations as they appear in a continuous sequence were used in order to encourage individuals to reflect on their everyday life. The aim was to investigate the usefulness of a time-geographical diary method (using illustrative graphs) in combination with stimulated-recall interviews, to facilitate reflections on how patterns of daily occupations change over time and the causes that lie behind these changes. The study had a qualitative design. The participants were two working, married mothers, i.e. individuals considered to have highly complex patterns of daily occupations. The data analysis was performed by using thematic content analysis. Results: The results showed that the stimulated-recall interviews, based on the graphs, facilitated new insights that came to light concerning the scope of the participants' daily life. The method enabled the participants to reflect on their patterns of daily occupations and become aware of changes relevant to explain the causes for engaging in occupations the way they did. Conclusions: The method thus seems useful in research and practice for occupational therapists working with individuals with a need to change lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages10
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Health Sciences (303)

Keywords

  • everyday life
  • lifestyle change
  • qualitative content analysis
  • stimulated-recall interview
  • time-geographical diaries

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