Immigration and its Impact on Daily Occupations: A Scoping Review
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Occupational Therapy International
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 185–203, December 2012
How to Cite
Bennett, K. M., Scornaiencki, J. M., Brzozowski, J., Denis, S. and Magalhaes, L. (2012), Immigration and its Impact on Daily Occupations: A Scoping Review. Occup. Ther. Int., 19: 185–203. doi: 10.1002/oti.1336
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 8 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 25 AUG 2011
- daily activity;
- occupational therapy
Immigrants often adopt new and unfamiliar occupations in an attempt to adapt to their new culture. Occupations provide a means for participation in the host country and play a significant role in formulating a person's identity. This scoping review sought to identify the current knowledge on immigration and its impact on occupations. A scoping review for peer-reviewed articles published between 2000 and 2010 in English or French was completed. Thirty-six articles met the inclusion criteria. Four themes were identified: 1) role change; 2) work; 3) identity; and 4) health and well-being. Limitations include the lack of a consistent definition of occupation, research primarily being conducted in the North American context and the limited number of occupational therapy based articles. Future research should focus on a systematic review of the lived experiences of immigrants and their occupational contexts, and how this can inform policy development. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.