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An Understanding of Religious Doing: A Photovoice Study

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School of Health Professions, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BH, UK
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Department of Occupational Therapy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland G8 0BA, UK
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Religions 2019, 10(4), 269; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10040269
Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 15 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theology and Practical Life)
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Abstract

The ability to participate in everyday activities that hold meaning and value is a determinant of health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists work with people when health and social barriers limit this valued participation. However a challenge persists in including religious practice or ‘doing’ within therapy, with many occupational therapists feeling ill-equipped and reluctant to address religious doing. The study reported here examines religious doing within the lives of participants from a number of faith traditions. A photovoice method is used, with participants discussing photographs that they have taken to describe their religious doing. Data are analyzed using a phenomenological reflective lifeworld approach. Findings are grouped into six themes and are explored using both verbatim quotes from transcripts and some of the photographs taken by participants. A reflective description of the core aspects of participants’ practical religious doing is constructed from the data, with the intention of providing occupational therapists with a basis from which to begin to consider practical religious doing within the lives of their clients. It is proposed that occupational therapists do not need an in-depth knowledge of theology and doctrine but rather an understanding of key and familiar occupational principles such as person-centred habits and routines, and community connectedness. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious practice; doing; occupational therapy; occupation; participation religious practice; doing; occupational therapy; occupation; participation
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Eyres, P.; Bannigan, K.; Letherby, G. An Understanding of Religious Doing: A Photovoice Study. Religions 2019, 10, 269.

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