Rebecca Aldrich's research while affiliated with University of Southern California and other places

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Among individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 around the world, there is a substantial number who would need support in finding their way back to meaningful and productive work. The aims of this paper are to demonstrate the multitude of factors that shape return to work (RTW) practices across and within several countries, and argue for the nee...
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There have been marked policy shifts within many nations towards ‘extended work lives’, with such shifts often underpinned by an assumption that individual aging citizens can make the responsible choice to prolong work and thereby avoid dependency on the state. However, possibilities for extended work lives are inequitably distributed, and older wo...
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This article draws on empirically derived illustrations of return to work and unemployment to critically explore how a narrow understanding of work pervades contemporary social policies and programmes. This is particularly relevant in economic and labour market transitions aligned with neoliberalism that individualise the social problem of unemploy...
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This article proposes that ‘meliorism’—a philosophical belief in people’s abilities to improve lived experience through engaged problem-solving —is a useful concept to describe and orient occupational science research, given the challenges of our time. This proposal derives from an intensive period of discussion through occupational science seminar...
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Date Presented 04/05/19 Primary Author and Speaker: Rebecca Aldrich Additional Authors and Speakers: Brianne Tabios, Natasha Strickland, Vidhisha Nair, Daniel Park
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When designing international educational collaborations, occupational science and occupational therapy educators must consider how occupational justice can be a linchpin for students’ learning. This article describes an international collaboration involving 52 undergraduate occupational science students in the United States and 41 undergraduate occ...

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... what knowledge is and how the world works, and to transform oppressive conditions that perpetuate an inequitable status quo (see Farias & Aldrich, 2021 for further explanations and lists of various critical theories). Scholars have suggested that engaging with critical theoretical perspectives can make knowledge about occupation more inclusive (Kiepek et al., 2014;Magalhães et al., 2019;Simaan, 2020;Whiteford & Hocking, 2012) and generate occupationfocused practices that contribute to social transformation Laliberte Rudman, 2014). ...
... En las últimas décadas, y cada vez con más fuerza, el pragmatismo ha sido una epistemología reconocida por la terapia ocupacional como parte de sus bases fundacionales (Breines, 1986(Breines, , 1987Hinojosa, 2017;Hooper & Wood, 2002;Ikiugu, 2001;Ikiugu & Schultz, 2006;Morrison, 2017;Pollard et al., 2009;Serrett, 1985aSerrett, , 1985b. Situación similar ha ocurrido con la ciencia ocupacional, donde las publicaciones que refieren al pragmatismo en la construcción de esta disciplina (Lawlor, 2021), y más específicamente al transaccionalismo, han sido reconocidas como de suma importancia (Aldrich, 2008;Cutchin, 2004;Cutchin & Dickie, 2012Dickie, 2010;Dickie et al., 2006;Fritz & Cutchin, 2017;Kuo, 2011;Lavalley, 2017;Reed, 2017b) e incluso considerando al meliorismo (parte del pragmatismo) como una idea central para el desarrollo de la ciencia ocupacional contemporánea (Baranek et al., 2021). Así, se evidencia cómo, desde las bases constitutivas de ambas disciplinas, el pragmatismo tiene un importante rol y que subyace en la teoría y la práctica, al igual que a sus principios y valores que entregan un marco de referencia que permiten una práctica más reflexiva. ...
... Work has been conceptualized in diverse ways within occupational science literature, for example, as inclusive of formal and/or informal economy engagements (Dickie, 1996(Dickie, , 2003). Yet, return-to-work (RTW) has received less attention in occupational science and occupational therapy literature than the topic of work (Asaba et al., 2021). Occupational science scholarship regarding RTW has mainly focused on the aspects that facilitate or hinder the employment of people with disabilities, the relationship between barriers to entry to employment and concepts such as occupational injustice and occupational adaptation (e.g., Jakobsen, 2004Jakobsen, , 2009Soeker, 2011). ...
... The ten studies reported on activities that included students in nine different countries. Students from the United States were included in nine studies, South African students in three (Aldrich and Grajo, 2017;Aldrich and Peters, 2019;Wimpenny et al., 2016), Swedish students in two (Aldrich, 2015;Aldrich and Johansson, 2015), Indian students in two (Asher et al., 2014;Sood et al., 2014), with Philippines (Cabatan and Grajo, 2017), Cyprus (Psychouli et al., 2020), Greece (Zadnik et al., 2019) and Belgium and United Kingdom (Wimpenny et al., 2016) reported in one study each. ...