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Spring för livet: Löpning som en bidragande faktor till en god hälsa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of my research was to analyze how three female running bloggers describe that running contributes to an improved health from an existential physical and mental health dimension, and furthermore if running in nature has health improving impacts. My analysis was based on a deductive method and the research was based on a transversal text analysis supported by OpenCode. Melder’s operationalization of the existential health dimension and WHO’s operationalization of the physical and mental health dimension was used to categorize and structure the material, as well as researcher Kaplan’s Attention Restoration Theory. Part one was based on Melder’s existential health aspects to analyze whether the aspects recur in descriptions of the bloggers’ running. Part two and three of the analysis was based on WHO’s operationalization of the physical and mental health aspects and whether those are present in the bloggers’ descriptions and expressions of running. The analysis of part one, two and three showed that all existential, physical, and mental health aspects were included in the bloggers’ descriptions of running. Part four dealt with the relation between existential and physical health aspects while part five examined whether the existential and mental health aspects are interrelated. The result of analysis four and five showed that the existential health dimension indeed affects and contributes to both a physical and mental health dimension. The final analysis uses the Attention Restoration Theory to examine how the bloggers’ express that running in nature contributes to improved health. The result of this analysis shows that running contributes to improved health.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
HQOL, existential dimension, physical dimension, mental dimension, nature, running.
Keyword [sv]
HQOL, existentill hälsodimension, fysisk hälsodimension, psykisk hälsodimension, natur, löpning
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296690OAI: diva2:939428
Subject / course
Psychology of religion
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-19 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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