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The lived experience of memory impairment in daily occupation after acquired brain injury
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2007 (English)In: OTJR (Thorofare, N.J.), ISSN 1539-4492, Vol. 27, no 3, 84-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective of this study was to identify what characterized the lived experience of memory impairment in daily occupations during the first year after acquired brain injury. Four participants were interviewed on four occasions during the year after the brain injury. The data were collected and analyzed using the Empirical Phenomenological Psychological method. The findings revealed four main characteristics that described the individual's experiences during the year of rehabilitation: a chaotic life-world, struggling for coherent doing in new contexts, conscious strategies in new contexts, and achieving new habits. After the brain injury, the life-world changed from a taken-for-granted existence to a chaotic world that was difficult to understand. The routine performance of daily activities and the habit patterns had broken down, so it was mostly the familiar activities that were already integrated in the ""habit-body"" that enabled coherent doings in everyday life during the year. The findings contribute to an understanding of how to use familiar and meaningful occupations as a therapeutic medium in the rehabilitation of clients with memory impairment following acquired brain injury.

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2007. Vol. 27, no 3, 84-94 p.
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memory impairment, phenomenology, rehabilitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55888ISI: 000247920300002OAI: diva2:407612
authorCount :4Available from: 2011-03-31 Created: 2011-03-30 Last updated: 2011-03-31Bibliographically approved

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