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The influence of living conditions on adolescent girls' health
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. University of Skövde.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7368-953X
University of Skövde.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9194-3244
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 7, 19059Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Adolescence is described by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare as the healthiest period in life. However, adolescent girls differ in that they self-report that their health decreases with age. The aim of this hermeneutical study was to describe the meaning of living conditions in relation to adolescent girls' health. Guided by principles of reflective lifeworld research, 15 interviews with adolescent girls were analysed. The result section consists of four narratives with their existential interpretations illustrating different ways of approaching living conditions and their meaning for health and wellbeing. The narratives are: Approaching everyday life in a balanced way-feeling harmonious; approaching everyday life with ambiguity-feeling confused; approaching everyday life as an intellectual project-striving for control; approaching everyday life as a struggle-feeling forlorn. In addition, a comprehensive understanding was developed by using the lifeworld dimensions: lived body, lived room, lived time, and lived relations. These dimensions may deepen the understanding of important parts of those living conditions which are meaningful for the girls' health and well-being. By using the dimensions, complex living conditions have been explored and the meaning of different parts clarified. The girls' thoughts and feelings are often ambiguous and sometimes contradictory, depending on the situation. The health of adolescent girls needs to be understood against the background of their experiences of living conditions. One way to support their health and well-being seems to be to supply them with forums where they can talk about their living conditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 7, 19059
Keyword [en]
Child, teenage, youth, female, women, personal circumstances, well-being, experiences, lifeworld dimensions, existential
National Category
Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38040DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v7i0.19059ISI: 000312063000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-38040DiVA: diva2:761363
Available from: 2014-11-06 Created: 2014-11-06 Last updated: 2016-07-07Bibliographically approved
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2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö, Kalmar: Linnaeus University Press, 2014. 61 p.
Series
Linnaeus University dissertations, 177
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38328 (URN)9789187427923 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-10, Wicksell, Hus K, Växjö, 10:30 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2014-11-25 Created: 2014-11-25 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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