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Title: Occupational balance: What tips the scales for new students?
Authors: Wilson, L
Wilcock, A
Keywords: Occupational balance;New students
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Citation: British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 68 (7) 319-323, Jul 2005
Abstract: The open question, ‘What prevents you from reaching occupational balance?’, was posed within a questionnaire aimed at exploring the meanings of occupation, health and wellbeing with a cohort of first-year occupational therapy students during their initial few weeks at university. Their written responses to the question about occupational balance were analysed and are discussed in this paper. Not surprisingly, occupational balance appeared to be achieved by only a few and more by chance than design. People, time and money factors were identified as the main impediments to achieving occupational balance, with psychological and emotional pressures being at the forefront. Interestingly, despite these barriers, the overall educational benefit of considering the occupational balance question in this way raised the students’ awareness of its relationship to health and wellbeing. This increased awareness might have longer-term health benefits, both personally and professionally, which would be worthy of further research.
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Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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