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Developing social contact and participation insocial activities: Seniors’ experiences from asocial internet-based intervention process
Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Umeå University.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0341-6197
Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Umeå University.
2017 (English)In: Gerontechnology, ISSN 1569-1101, E-ISSN 1569-111X, Vol. 16, no 2, 101-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective To explore seniors’ experiencesof the intervention process after participating in a social internet-based occupationaltherapy intervention. Method A qualitative interview study was conducted.Twelve women and 3 men (66–87 years old), from the completed intervention studyparticipated. The study was placed in northern Sweden. Data were collected throughsemi-structured interviews. The interviews were analyzed using the constant comparativemethod, and two categories with subcategories were generated in the analysis. ResultsThe seniors experienced a need to participate in social internet-based activities (SIBAs)due to their decline in social activities and the ever-increasing digitalization of society. Inthe intervention process, the seniors’ experiences reflected two divergent directions. Thefirst consisted of seniors who had experiences of being hampered in participating in theSIBAs in the intervention process. They did not completely reach their intervention goals,but they did describe increased ability to use SIBAs and increased self-reliance. The otherdirection of the process reflected experiences of reaching their goals in the intervention,and they developed habitual participation in SIBAs as well as increased participation insocial activities outside the Internet. Conclusion The social internet-based interventioncan support seniors to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from participating inSIBAs. By participating in SIBAs, the seniors might enrich their social activities and socialcontacts both on the Internet and outside, if the intervention is individually targeted tomeet their needs.

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International Society for Gerontechnology , 2017. Vol. 16, no 2, 101-108 p.
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Occupational Therapy
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Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65333DOI: 10.4017/gt.2017.16.2.005.00OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-65333DiVA: diva2:1136181
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Validerad;2017;Nivå 1;2017-08-28 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-08-25 Created: 2017-08-25 Last updated: 2017-08-28Bibliographically approved

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