Next Article in Journal
Fighting for What? Couples’ Communication, Parenting and Social Activism: The Case Study of a “Christian-Muslim” Families’ Association in Brussels (Belgium)
Next Article in Special Issue
Listening to the Powerless: Experiences of People with Severe Intellectual Disabilities in an Evangelical Church
Previous Article in Journal
Deity Citadels: Sacred Sites of Bio-Cultural Resistance and Resilience in Bhutan
Previous Article in Special Issue
Interfaith Chaplaincy as Interpretive Hospitality

An Understanding of Religious Doing: A Photovoice Study

School of Health Professions, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BH, UK
Department of Occupational Therapy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland G8 0BA, UK
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Religions 2019, 10(4), 269;
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)
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
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Eyres, P.; Bannigan, K.; Letherby, G. An Understanding of Religious Doing: A Photovoice Study. Religions 2019, 10, 269.

AMA Style

Eyres P, Bannigan K, Letherby G. An Understanding of Religious Doing: A Photovoice Study. Religions. 2019; 10(4):269.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Eyres, Patricia, Katrina Bannigan, and Gayle Letherby. 2019. "An Understanding of Religious Doing: A Photovoice Study" Religions 10, no. 4: 269.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop