Eudaimonic well-being: Its importance and relevance to occupational therapy for humanity

Hayward, C and Taylor, JA 2011, 'Eudaimonic well-being: Its importance and relevance to occupational therapy for humanity' , Occupational Therapy International, 18 , pp. 133-141.

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Contemporary critique of the philosophy and theory of occupational therapy has asserted that the mainstream of the profession holds a westernized view of the world and that occupational therapy has been shackled to notions of health/illness and the medical establishment for too long, hampering movement into social and political spheres. Strategies and developments have been proposed to combat these biases, which have included increased cultural relativism and a re-focus on the subjective experience of occupation. The value placed on "being" in occupational therapy philosophy is described alongside the related terms of occupational integrity and spirituality. Drawing on theory and research from psychology, this paper proposes the construct of eudaimonic well-being as both relevant and valuable to occupational therapy in re-conceptualizing the profession, countering some of the central tensions in the identity of the profession and re-asserting that well-being through occupation is for all and for humanity. Finally, the paper proposes that well-being, in a eudaimonic sense, should be advertised and evidenced as a routine outcome of occupational therapy and consolidated into occupational therapy models as a relevant and meaningful concept.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Journal or Publication Title: Occupational Therapy International
Publisher: John Wiley and Son Ltd
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0966-7903
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Jackie Taylor
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 15:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 04:58

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