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Sjöberg, Marina
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Sjöberg, M., Beck, I., Rasmussen, B. H. & Edberg, A.-K. (2018). Being disconnected from life: meanings of existential loneliness as narrated by frail older people. Aging & Mental Health, 22(10), 1357-1364
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Being disconnected from life: meanings of existential loneliness as narrated by frail older people
2018 (English)In: Aging & Mental Health, ISSN 1360-7863, E-ISSN 1364-6915, Vol. 22, no 10, p. 1357-1364Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES: This study illuminated the meanings of existential loneliness (EL) as narrated by frail older people.

METHOD: Data were collected through individual narrative interviews with 23 people 76-101 years old receiving long-term care and services. A phenomenological hermeneutical analysis was performed, including a naïve reading and two structural analyses as a basis for a comprehensive understanding of EL.

RESULT: Four themes were identified related to meanings of EL: (1) being trapped in a frail and deteriorating body; (2) being met with indifference; (3) having nobody to share life with; and (4) lacking purpose and meaning. These intertwined themes were synthesized into a comprehensive understanding of EL as 'being disconnected from life'.

CONCLUSION: Illness and physical limitation affects access to the world. When being met with indifference and being unable to share one's thoughts and experiences of life with others, a sense of worthlessness is reinforced, triggering an experience of meaninglessness and EL, i.e. disconnection from life. It is urgent to develop support strategies that can be used by health care professionals to address older people in vulnerable situations, thereby facilitating connectedness.

Keywords
Existential loneliness, frail, interviews, older people, phenomenological hermeneutical method
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17090 (URN)10.1080/13607863.2017.1348481 (DOI)000455491500016 ()28714734 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-08-15 Created: 2017-08-15 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved
Sjöberg, M., Beck, I., Rasmussen, B. H. & Edberg, A.-K. (2017). Being disconnected from life - meanings of existential loneliness as narrated by frail older people. In: : . Paper presented at The 21ST IAGG World Congress of Gerontology & Geriatrics Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Being disconnected from life - meanings of existential loneliness as narrated by frail older people
2017 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17135 (URN)
Conference
The 21ST IAGG World Congress of Gerontology & Geriatrics Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice
Available from: 2017-08-28 Created: 2017-08-28 Last updated: 2017-09-05Bibliographically approved
Blom, L., Olsson, A.-C., Persson, I. & Sjöberg, M. (2014). Utveckling av betygskriterier till faktorer i bedömningsunderlag för verksamhetsförlagd utbildning samt att erhålla en samsyn i tolkningen av innehållet i bedömningsfaktorerna. Kristianstad: Högskolan Kristianstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utveckling av betygskriterier till faktorer i bedömningsunderlag för verksamhetsförlagd utbildning samt att erhålla en samsyn i tolkningen av innehållet i bedömningsfaktorerna
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kristianstad: Högskolan Kristianstad, 2014. p. 72
Series
PRO-CARE (Clinical Assessment Research & Education), ISSN 1654-1421 ; 39
Keywords
VFU
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11740 (URN)
Available from: 2014-09-19 Created: 2014-02-09 Last updated: 2014-12-07Bibliographically approved
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