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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title To be content with one's present situation. Young women's perceptions of everyday life
Author(s) Élgan, Carina ; Fridlund, Bengt
Date 2009
English abstract
The aim of this study was to describe young women's perceptions of lifestyle and how it was experienced in their daily lives. Traditionally, the outlook on illness and health is pathogenic, i.e. preventing illness and disease in order to achieve health, by focusing lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity and smoking. Lifestyle based on a salutary perspective cannot be measured or observedfrom the outside but must be described by the individual since lifestyle is an aspect of one's life situation. Little is known about how lifestyle is perceived and what it means in ordinary people's lives. Data were collected through interviews with 25 women selected by strategic sampling and analyzed using a phenomenographic approach. Three structural aspects emerged: enjoying life, living life, and balancing everyday life. Women described how they used lifestyle as a tool for achieving a sense of satisfaction, relaxation and happiness in everyday life. Lifestyle was also perceived as a never-ending balancing act between different personal needs and the expectations of others and society. It involved how the women used their time or lack of time as effectively as possible in order to organize their day. Lifestyle seems to be a tool in which intrinsic behaviors may be central to enhance quality of life and health. Intrinsic behaviors should be encouraged in salutary health promotion work.
Publisher Vård i Norden
Host/Issue Nordic Journal of Nursing Research & Clinical Studies;2
Volume 289
ISSN 0107-4083
Pages 14-8
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) adult
descriptive research
disease prevention
disease control
health behavior
health promotion
patient satisfaction
physical activity
qualitative studies
quality of life
time factors
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Caring sciences::Nursing
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Health and medical services in society
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