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From rocking horse to rocking chair in good health: research methods for intergenerational knowledge sharing in health promotion
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
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The overall purpose of this presentation is to discuss research methods for data collection togive voice throughout the lifespan including children, adults and elderly. More specifically,the aim is to present research methods to capture intergenerational experiences ofpsychosocial well-being, and transformation of knowledge between age groups. Subjectivewell-being is people’s positive evaluation of their lives including pleasant emotions,fulfillment and satisfaction. The methods are based on the concept of salutogenese, focusingon empowerment combining written and oral, individual and group methods to access variousforms of communication. The focus is on self-determination, ability to influence andparticipation as dimensions of empowerment, which lead us to an approach that is solutionfocusedwith a starting point in the participants’ own experiences of psychosocial well-being.First reflective narratives – open letters – are offered to the children, adults and elderly as away to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas on how to amplify health and well-being.Then participants meet in different constellations, focus groups, to share their healthpromoting experiences first with each homogeneous group; children, adults and elderly, thenin mixed age groups. The purpose of the heterogeneous focus groups are to develop the openletters, with health promotion ideas the individual participants have written, in order todeepen the understanding of how health promotion activities can be designed in differentcontexts. The purpose of the homogeneous focus groups are to make knowledgetransformation possible between different age groups, both as a way to enrich the discussionabout the topic as well as to empower the participants. Based on research showing thatpsychosocial well-being increase when people are listened to, taken seriously and have thepossibility to participate, these research methods may not only be ways to collect researchdata but promote health and well-being as well.

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Health Science; Physiotherapy
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32054Local ID: 669b9968-8a3c-4261-89ee-816486298abfOAI: diva2:1005288
World Conference on Health Promotion : 25/08/2013 - 27/08/2013
Godkänd; 2013; 20130306 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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