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Healthcare professionals' lived experiences of conversations with young adults expressing existential concerns
University of Borås, Sweden.
University of Borås, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8115-5359
University of Borås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4319-4584
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2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 136-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: This paper describes first-line department healthcare professionals’ experiences of conversations with young adults (16–25 years) who express existential concerns. Existential concerns encompass questions about the meaning of life and the choices people must make, and they are sometimes expressed during the period in which a child is becoming an adult. Sometimes the transition to adulthood can be difficult, and many young adults seek support from people in first-line departments, such as primary care providers, youth guidance centre personnel and student health service employees in high schools and universities. Conversations in which existential concerns are recognised may be important for preventing mental illness in the future.

Aim: The study aimed to describe healthcare professionals’ lived experiences of conversations with young adults who express existential concerns.

Approach and methods: This qualitative study utilises thematic meaning analysis. Interviews were conducted with healthcare professionals working in first-line departments, and data were analysed based on the principles of reflective lifeworld research. The study followed ethical codes of conduct and conformed to the ethical guidelines adopted by the Swedish Research Council.

Findings: The results are presented in three themes of meaning: searching for innermost thoughts requires being present, uncertainty about the unpredictable and awakening of one’s own existential concerns.

Conclusions and implications: Healthcare professionals are affected when young adults express their existential concerns, and they need more support to strengthen their ability to stay present and create inviting atmospheres.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 33, no 1, p. 136-143
Keywords [en]
caring, caring science, conversations, existence, existential, healthcare professionals, lifeworld, reflective lifeworld research, thematic meaning analysis.
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77461DOI: 10.1111/scs.12612ISI: 000462154100014PubMedID: 30152541Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053204338OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77461DiVA, id: diva2:1243218
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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