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”En kärvänlig, tillgiven vovve vid sin sida”: Hundägares erfarenheter av hälsa och välbefinnande tillsammans med sin hund
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine dog owners experiences of well-being together with their dog. To collect data a qualitative method was used consisting of open letters. The open letters were collected in paper format and digitally using an anonymous online service. Twenty-two women and men participated and shared their experiences by writing an open letter. The text material was analysed with a qualitative latent content analyse. The result of the open letter resulted in the creation of four themes. My four-legged personal trainer, Nose for health, Mans best friend and Dog treats for the health. The four themes included of all four aspects well-being dimensions of the health definition namely; physical, physcological, social and existential. Each theme has two subthemes further illuminating the dog owners experiences. Examples of these were the dog-owners experienced physical well-being with their dogs during daily walks in the nature. The friendship between dog and dog-owner was experienced as something that improved the dog-owners social well-being. To learn and develop toghether with the dog was an important part of physcological health. To experience harmony and inner peace gave the dog-owners a feeling of tranquility which improved the extential well-being.

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Keyword [sv]
Medicin, Hälsopromotion, husdjur, hälsa, hund, hälsovägledning, hundägare
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-52331Local ID: 974ef709-038b-424a-a5bb-d5bef0dfe083OAI: diva2:1025701
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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Health Promotion, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20160623 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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