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Modern Meaning-making: Adolescent understanding of existential aspects in Health-related quality of life [HRQL]
Uppsala universitet, Religionspsykologi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5892-1158
Uppsala universitet, Centrum för klinisk forskning, Västerås.
2017 (English)In: IAPR Conference in Hamar 2017: Culture, Context and Existential Challenges, 2017, p. 30-30Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Aims: Present results from focus interviews concerning existential aspects related to the adaptation of the WHOQOL-SRPB(BREF) for Swedish adolescents.

Background: Exploring existential aspects of HRQL are important when mental ill-health is increasing among adolescents in a secular context. WHO introduced WHOQOL-SRPB in 2002 for measuring HRQL, including Spiritual, Religious and Personal beliefs [SRPB]. It is validated for Swedish adults. Now it requires adaptation for youth, even internationally.

Methods: Pupils (age 15–19) in four groups were interviewed following WHO instructions for cognitive interviewing. Content analysis of the transcribed interviews was conducted.

Results: The pupils considered existential aspects important for HRQL. The items: Meaning, Awe, Wholeness, Peace and Hope were comprehensible for them. Faith and Personal beliefs were related to e.g. insecurity, individualism:”To believe in yourself” and traditional aspects:”I personally believe in Jesus but I do not believe in God”. Spiritual Strength and Spiritual Connection did not require transcendence and could relate to various ideas e.g. nature or popular culture:”The first thing that pops up is the Lion King that talks to Simba in the clouds. It is his inner spirituality”.

Conclusion: Results show the importance of adaptation of existential aspects in HRQL to the cultural (secularized) context.

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2017. p. 30-30
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adolescents, existential, health related quality of life, WHOQOL-SRPB
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Psychology of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-349DiVA, id: diva2:1353188
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The International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Conference 2017
Available from: 2019-09-20 Created: 2019-09-20 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved

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