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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


RICHARDS, Leigh-Ann  and  GALVAAN, Roshan. Developing a socially transformative focus in Occupational Therapy: insights from South African practice. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2018, vol.48, n.1, pp.3-8. ISSN 2310-3833.

Social and political contexts are known to influence people's opportunities to engage in occupations. Occupational therapy in the domain of community development practice addresses the social determinants of health by contributing towards social transformation. Socially IH transformative practice refers to occupational therapy practice that strives to and addresses the social determinants of health and social Π I injustice through drawing on critical perspectives. Educators applied an autobiographical form of study, data were generated firstly through keeping a written reflective journal and audio recorded reflections on practice. Secondly, written comments and feedback to students ~\ during their community development practice placements were also included in the data set. Data were thematically analysed, yielding (/) I a theme and two categories. The theme: Towards socially responsive practice revealed the value of adopting a critical and collaborative approach to practicing occupational therapy in various domains of practice. Working towards social transformation was demonstrated as possible through the categories of being able to See and Feel the invisible and enabled as Equals working for change. The findings suggest that critical reflexivity together with implementation of participatory practices are necessary requirements towards addressing the conditions of people's health and occupational well-being.

Keywords : Occupational therapy practice; social transformation; participatory practice; Occupation-based community development.

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