Title

Changing occupational roles for the young adult with cancer: A longitudinal case study

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

Volume

69

Issue

3

First Page

243

Last Page

254

PubMed ID

35040159

Publisher

Wiley

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Comments

Wallis, A., Meredith, P., & Stanley, M. (2022). Changing occupational roles for the young adult with cancer: A longitudinal case study. Australian occupational therapy journal, 69(3), p. 243-254.

https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12786

Abstract

Introduction:

Young adulthood is a period of rapid occupational role development. While the impact of a cancer diagnosis at this time is likely to be substantial, little research has addressed this topic. The aims of this study were to gain insights into the impact of cancer on occupational roles throughout the cancer disease trajectory, from diagnosis to the palliative stage, for one young person.

Methods:

A longitudinal case study design was used. Five semi-structured interviews, layered with photo elicitation, were conducted over 3 years. Qualitative data were analysed thematically.

Results:

Three themes emerged: the adjusted plan, establishing rules, and damage control and self-preservation. Challenges impacting participation in, and meaning of, and the occupational roles themselves shifted over time.

Conclusion:

Findings provide knowledge of occupational adaptation, and the reconstruction of occupational role identity and participation, of the young adult living with cancer along the disease trajectory.

DOI

10.1111/1440-1630.12786

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