Occupational alienation and the mental health of university students
Nañagas, Maria Lucia; orcid: 0000-0003-4869-8519
Kantartzis, Sarah; orcid: 0000-0001-5191-015X
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Cadernos Brasileiros de Terapia Ocupacional, volume 30, issue spe
Abstract Mental health, especially in the youth, has been a prevailing concern in recent years. University students are a particularly high-risk population for mental health problems. Changing perspectives in the field of mental health present the opportunity to explore this concept through an occupational justice lens – specifically that of occupational alienation. Through a brief review of relevant literature, this critical essay will explore the relationship among the concepts of alienation from both a sociology and occupational science perspective, and consider the insights that may be obtained through application of this concept to understanding the mental health of university students. The use of an occupational justice lens provides an opportunity for an alternative perspective when considering factors potentially contributing to the mental health problems in this population.