Engagement in occupation and adaptation to low vision

Theresa Marie Smith, Ferol Ludwig, Lori T. Andersen, Al Copolillo

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The purpose of this grounded theory study was to explore how engagement in occupation affects the adaptation process for older women with visual impairment. Data were collected and analyzed for seven participants using a constant comparative method. Nine categories emerged and were grounded in the data. A theoretical model was developed with the core category of adaptation. The interactions of participants' visual impairment, concurrent issues, threats to performance, losses, getting help, methods of doing, abilities, integration of losses and abilities, and adaptation. For these participants, the adaptation process was aided by getting help and finding methods of doing their preferred occupations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-133
Number of pages15
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptation
  • Occupational performance
  • Visually impaired

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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