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The unpackaging of routine in older women

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Author: Ludwig, F. M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1998


Objective. A qualitative research design using grounded theory procedures and techniques was used to explore how routine changed in later adulthood for seven Caucasian, college-educated middle-class women who were not employed and who were free of major functional impairments.Method. In-depth-interviews, observations, an autobiography, and researcher-generated memos provided data. Data analysis involved concurrent information, concept development, and conceptual modification and integration. Data collection and analysis were concurrent iterative, reflective, and reflexive.Results. Although the participants used routines to facilitate their well-being, they reported doing so to a lesser extent than when they had children living at home or when they worried. These participants unpackaged routines and molded them into increasingly flexible time-use strategies in response to age-related changes in their ecocultural niche, philosophy of life, and physical status.Conclusion. That the participants sought less obligation and more freedom as they aged may influence the way they respond to a health care practitioner advocating for an increase in routine. Interventions with older women must be compatible with existing routines and family themes and directly linked to well-being.

Further Details

Publish Dates: Mar
Full Title: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy
Pages: 168-175
Volume: 52
Issue: 3
Accession Number: December, 2010
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 12/07/2013
Keywords: olderageingQualitative methodtimewomen
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