Further explorations into the conundrum of flow processes

Wright, Jonathan, Sadlo, Gaynor and Stew, Graham (2007) Further explorations into the conundrum of flow processes Journal of Occupational Science Today, 14 (3). pp. 136-144. ISSN 1442-7591

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This study builds on previous research that has aimed to clarify uncertainties regarding what happens before, during and after a ‘flow’ experience, a psychological state that appears to arise during optimal human experience. A phenomenological approach was taken to examine the flow experiences of seven participants. The method included participants keeping journals and semi-structured interviews. The flow process seemed to vary between challenge-skills, enjoyment, positive distraction and mindfulness experiences. These experiences had similarities, as all participants described them as positive psychological states that were a consequence of being absorbed in an occupation, but differed in relation to prior affect and the degree of challenge an occupation presented. This research has highlighted the importance of meaning and the essential role occupation may have in protecting well-being. Occupations may lead to optimal experience when they lead to altered and ordered states of consciousness.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B600 Health Research
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/14427591.2007.9686594
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Health Professions
Depositing User: editor health
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 14:10
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/6301

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