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dc.contributor.authorBoland, LM
dc.contributor.authorCunningham, M
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-22T12:42:41Z
dc.date.issued2018-09-11
dc.identifier.issn1442-7591
dc.identifier.issn2158-1576
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/12184
dc.description.abstract

This comment piece is the result of our critical reflections, observations and discussions in relation to occupation and homelessness, inspired by our participation in the fourth conference of Occupational Science Europe and informed by our research and experiences in the field. Whilst we acknowledge the growing contribution of occupational therapy and occupational science to homelessness, our practices have led us to identify a number of complex factors that impact on this work. In this article we discuss issues that influence the participation of homeless persons in everyday life and make suggestions to support occupational participation. At the macro level, we recognise the importance of definitions and categories of homelessness, how legislation can frame the responsibility of homelessness on individuals and poverty as a causal factor. At the meso level, we explore how charity and power differentials within homelessness services influence participation and propose an occupationally informed approach to homelessness services to enhance meaningful participation. Finally, at the micro level, we focus on interactions with individuals and examine the notion of occupational choice for homeless persons and critique traditional rehabilitative approaches. This comment reflects our own critical awakening as occupational therapists situated within a neoliberal society and the value of collaboration between occupational science and occupational therapy. It reinforces the essential role that critical occupational science plays in knowledge generation by attending to the complex structural, cultural and social factors that influence the choices and occupations of homeless persons, which in turn enhances occupational therapy practice.

dc.format.extent308-315
dc.languageen
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
dc.subjectPoverty
dc.subjectHomelessness
dc.subjectOccupational science
dc.subjectOccupational therapy
dc.titleHomelessness: Critical reflections and observations from an occupational perspective
dc.typejournal-article
dc.typeEditorial Material
plymouth.issue2
plymouth.volume26
plymouth.publication-statusPublished
plymouth.journalJournal of Occupational Science
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14427591.2018.1512006
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plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Health
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Health/School of Health Professions
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plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups/Institute of Health and Community
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dcterms.dateAccepted2018-07-17
dc.rights.embargodate2019-9-11
dc.identifier.eissn2158-1576
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rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1080/14427591.2018.1512006
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-09-11
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