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To be content with one's present situation: young women's perceptions of everyday life
Department of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing, Lund University. (IVHA)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7560-4691
Department of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing, Lund University.
2009 (English)In: Vård i Norden, ISSN 0107-4083, E-ISSN 1890-4238, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 14-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 observed from 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.

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2009. Vol. 29, no 2, p. 14-18
Keyword [en]
lifestyle, qualitative research, salutary, young women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-6699OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-6699DiVA, id: diva2:326016
Available from: 2010-06-21 Created: 2010-06-21 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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