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Use of the model of Inner Strength for analysing reflective interviews in a group of healthy middle-aged adults
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2929-9248
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5965-5368
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2019 (English)In: Safety, ISSN 0036-3375, E-ISSN 2050-3121, Vol. 7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Inner Strength has been described as a human resource that promotes well-being linked to health. The aim of this study was to explore how Inner Strength and its four dimensions are manifested in interviews in a group of middle-aged healthy women and men.

Methods: Retrospective reflective interviews with middle-aged healthy women (n = 5) and men (n = 4) selected from a population study were content analysed deductively.

Results: The following themes and their constituents were found in the respective dimensions of the Model of Inner Strength. Firmness: having a drive to act, being purposeful, having trust in one’s competence, and having a positive view of life. Connectedness: being in community, receiving and giving support, and, receiving and giving care. Creativity: changing unsatisfactory life situations, seeing new opportunities, and realizing dreams. Stretchability: balancing between options, and extending oneself.

Conclusions: Expressions that were interpreted as belonging to Inner Strength could be referred the different dimensions of Inner Strength. The Model of Inner Strength is suitable for analysing Inner Strength among middle-aged men and women. The findings indicate that Inner Strength can be identified in human beings’ narratives if asked for.

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SAGE Open, 2019. Vol. 7
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Nursing, mental health, psychiatry, Inner Strength, content analysis, deductive
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161455DOI: 10.1177/2050312119856812ISI: 000471113000001PubMedID: 31217970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-161455DiVA, id: diva2:1336659
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 259-2012-37Available from: 2019-07-10 Created: 2019-07-10 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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