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Vårdande och icke-vårdande tröst: Caring and non-caring consolation
Linneaus University,Växjö, Mälardalen University, Västerås . (University College of Harladsplass, Bergen, Norway)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
2005 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the thesis is, from a caring science perspective including a caring theology perspective, to illustrate the meaning of the phenomenon consolation and how consolation relates to suffering and care. Two studies were completed where staff and elderly care receivers were interviewed and a third study focused on an analysis of consolation as it is presented in the Book of Job in the Old Testament. These studies deal with carers’ experiences of consolation and consoling, elderly care receivers’ experiences of consolation, and Job’s experience of consolation. Phenomenology and hermeneutics form the basis for the methodological approach. A phenomenological-hermeneutic method, inspired by Paul Ricoeur, has been used for the text analyses. The thesis alsocovers significant aspects of poetical and religious texts. The metaphors that occur in the interview studies with the carers and the elderly are analysed in order to take care of the excess of meaning that, according to Ricoeur, can be expressed in metaphors. The result show five overall meanings: The contradictory consolation, The bonding consolation, The mute and rigid consolation, The uncontrolled consolation and The restful consolation. A caring consolation is contradictory in the sense that it entails that the sufferer on the one hand passes on his or her suffering to someone else and on the other hand that the suffering can be returned to be suffered. Consolation can thus entail suffering. The bonding consolation is present, i.e. is with the sufferer and is based on that person’s suffering. This consolation is characterised by a close fellowship, a feeling of being understood at a deeper level. The results also reveal a consolation that is mute and rigid. This consolation does not respond to the sufferer’s experience of his or her suffering, is shapeless and therefore unable to follow the suffering. An example of a mute, rigid and non-caring consolation is the consolation of the friends in the Book of Job. This consolation is not capable of consoling because it does not correspond to where Job is, i.e. in his experience of his suffering. A caring consolation is also uncontrolled because it is on the one hand spontaneous and on the other hand helps the sufferer to lose control over the suffering. To lose control entails, amongst other things, the sufferer giving up trying to understand suffering and instead lets that which is incomprehensible be incomprehensible. A consoling and health-bringing rest in or from the struggle with suffering presents itself by giving up what in various ways is tied to the suffering. The result as a whole is interpreted from a caring science perspective with the following important concepts: caring relationship, faith, health and sacrifice. Consolation as health is considered on the basis of a theoretical model inspired by Katie Eriksson’s ontological health model. The research is also illustrated from a philosophical-ethical perspective, mainly based on the work of Emmanuel Levinas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Åbo: Åbo Akademis Förlag, 2005. , 187 p.
Keyword [sv]
Vårdvetenskap, vårdteologi, tröst, lidande, vård, offer, hälsa, vårdgemenskap, tro
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-22664ISBN: 951-765-234-8OAI: diva2:573606
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Åbo Academy Vasa (Swedish)
The theis also includes 10 pages summary in Enligh, p. 153-163
Available from: 2013-01-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2016-03-04Bibliographically approved

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