Journal Club Discussion #20: Occupational Deprivation Among Refugees

Hey readers! It has been a while since I have posted a Journal Club Discussion, and I have decided to change up the format. The goal of these blog posts is to start a conversation about topics in occupational therapy that interest me and my readers. It is really important to practice evidence-based OT for the well-being of our clients and patients and also for the improvement of our profession. For this reason, I hope that eventually these conversations will occur in real life, as well! Instead of summarizing articles, I am going to provide a link to an AJOT article for AOTA members to easily access along with discussion questions to spark conversation online and in person. Feel free to bring these articles and discussion questions to your school or place of practice to engage in research with your classmates or colleagues! If you have a request for a specific topic or article for following Journal Club Discussions, please comment below and I would be happy to include them.

Today’s topic is occupational deprivation among Syrian refugees displaced in Jordan. I thought that this was a fitting topic because a few of my classmates are actually in Jordan right now working with and providing services to refugees. Occupational deprivation diminishes a person’s autonomy by restricting the amount of choice and participation he/she has in meaningful occupations. The title of today’s article is “Exploration of Occupational Deprivation Among Syrian Refugees Displaced in Jordan” by Wesam B. Darawsheh. See below for full citation and link.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is occupational deprivation?
  2. How does occupational deprivation impact a person’s autonomy, mental health, and well-being?
  3. How does occupational deprivation impact health?
  4. What is occupational therapy’s role in working with individuals who have experienced or are experiencing occupational deprivation?
  5. What lost occupations and roles can occupational therapists support refugees in performing? How?
  6. How can occupational therapists advocate for individuals who are experiencing occupational deprivation?
  7. What is the impact of trauma on individuals who experience occupational deprivation?
  8. How can occupational therapists support refugees in gaining meaningful work, social participation, and leisure occupations?
  9. How does displacement and occupational deprivation impact child refugees? How can occupational therapists step in here?
  10. How does culture relate to occupational deprivation and meaningful occupation for refugees?

Citation: Darawsheh, W. B. (2019). Exploration of occupational deprivation among Syrian refugees displaced in Jordan. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73. Doi: 10.5014/ajot.2019.030460

AOTA members can access the article here!

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