Everyday technology use for men with multiple sclerosis: An occupational perspective

Brocha Z. Stern, Yael Goverover

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Abstract

Introduction: Everyday technology has the potential to increase quality of life for individuals with disabilities. In a society that relies on technology for participation, exploring everyday technology use is a fundamental part of understanding lived experiences of occupation. The meaning and roles individuals with disabilities ascribe to technology may be influenced by sociocultural considerations, such as gender. This interpretive phenomenological study aimed to present an occupational perspective of everyday technology use for men with multiple sclerosis. Method: Three middle-aged men (50–57 years old) with multiple sclerosis participated in an individual semi-structured interview. Data were analysed using a hermeneutic approach of close reading. After the initial analysis, superordinate themes were examined relative to an occupational framework. Findings: The identified themes were ‘searching online as means and end’ (doing); ‘connecting to others and society’ (belonging); and ‘seeing present and future self’ (being and becoming). Conclusion: The meaning of occupational experiences of everyday technology for men with multiple sclerosis are influenced by master narratives of masculinity. Since everyday technology is intertwined with multiple dimensions of occupation, facilitating its use may promote health and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-716
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume81
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • Everyday technology
  • gender
  • interpretive phenomenology
  • multiple sclerosis
  • occupation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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