I think of my family, therefore I am: perceptions of daily occupations of some Albanians in Switzerland

Heigl, Franziska; Kinébanian, Astrid; Josephsson, Staffan (2011). I think of my family, therefore I am: perceptions of daily occupations of some Albanians in Switzerland. Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, 18(1), pp. 36-48. London: Taylor & Francis 10.3109/11038120903552648

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to increase the understanding of the relationship between culture and occupation by exploring the perceptions of current daily occupations of some immigrants living in Switzerland. Semi-structured interviews with eight healthy Muslim Albanian men doing blue-collar work were analysed in a comparative manner followed by an interpretation. Three themes were identified: "Everything I do I do for my family"; "Where do I belong?"; and "Doing something for myself". These themes reflect the occupational perceptions of the participants. The findings are discussed in relation to the ongoing discourses on individualism and collectivism. To offer occupational therapy appropriately to a multicultural clientele the findings indicate the necessity to be conscious of the differences between one's own and the client's attitudes regarding individualism and collectivism.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Rheumatology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology

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04 Oct 2013 14:11

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