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WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, international journal which publishes high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work. The journal's subtitle has been deliberately laid out: The first goal is the prevention of illness, injury, and disability. When this goal is not achievable, the attention focuses on assessment to design client-centered intervention, rehabilitation, treatment, or controls that use scientific evidence to support best practice.
WORK occasionally publishes thematic issues, but in general, issues cover a wide range of topics such as ergonomic considerations with children, youth and students, the challenges facing an aging workforce, workplace violence, injury management, performing artists, ergonomic product evaluations, and the awareness of the political, cultural, and environmental determinants of health related to work.
Dr. Karen Jacobs, the founding editor, and her editorial board especially encourage the publication of research studies, clinical practice, case study reports, as well as personal narratives and critical reflections of lived work experiences (autoethnographic/autobiographic scholarship),
Sounding Board commentaries and
Speaking of Research articles which provide the foundation for better understanding research to facilitate knowledge dissemination.
Narrative Reflections on Occupational Transitions, a new column, is for persons who have successfully transitioned into, between, or out of occupations to tell their stories in a narrative form. With an internationally renowned editorial board,
WORK maintains high standards in the evaluation and publication of manuscripts. All manuscripts are reviewed expeditiously and published in a timely manner.
WORK prides itself on being an author-friendly journal.
WORK celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015.
*WORK is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)* *WORK is endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA)* *WORK gives out the yearly Cheryl Bennett Best Paper Award*
Abstract: Objective: To explore the work transitions of Chilean women. Participants: Observations and dialogue of Chilean women and their experiences in current and past work. Method: A personal and historical reflection to understand the experiences of work for Chilean women. Results: Exploring work transitions requires an understanding of the macro level historical impact on the participation of women in work in Chilean society. Conclusions: Macro level factors such as participation in the free labour market economy ultimately…impacts on the individual choices of the women of Chile regarding their opportunities to transition into productive paid employment. The understanding of work transitions must consider the influences of the labour market economy.
Keywords: Labour market economy, work transitions, gender
Abstract: Objective: The September 11, 1973 Pinochet military coup marks the anniversary of a changed way of life for everyone in Chile and has influenced people around the world. This paper provides a reflection on the social, political, and personal injustices faced by the women of Chile during a vicious dictatorship, through the depiction of an Arpillera. Participants: This paper unfolds the women's experience of occupational transitions and how they shared their stories of injustices to the…world at a time when almost all other voices of protest had been silenced. Method: A narrative and historical reflection is used to offer an interpretation of the experiences of transitions among these women. Conclusion: Through the art of survival and a shared mission, the women of Chile worked outside of the traditional political system to effect political change.
Keywords: Occupational transitions, occupational injustice, social injustice, occupational work transitions
Abstract: Objective: This paper offers a reflection on temporal routines that underscore daily work life and work transitions. Participants: This reflection includes views of a Canadian student who examines work transitions through lived experiences and observation of the Chilean work/home routine. Method: A narrative reflection on lived experience is used to examine 9 to 5 work transitions. Results: There is a blending of work and daily life routines that provide a balance for workers in Chile…and there are differences across countries in the valuing of work and daily life routines. Conclusions: Narrative reflections about work and work transitions can highlight differences at the macro level that can yield personal insights into challenges in transitioning into work for new immigrants.
Abstract: Objective: This paper is a reflection on work transitions in an international context. Participants: Seasonal employees and employer of the winery Emiliana. Methods: The following is a personal reflection by a Canadian occupational therapy student after a recent trip to Chile. Results and conclusions: The commitment to social responsibility by the winery Emiliana guided the reflection on work transitions of seasonal employees and the employer's provision of services to improve employee's…quality of life.
Keywords: Commitment to social responsibility, quality of life, seasonal work