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Inner strength as disclosed in narratives of the oldest old.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research. Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
2007 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 17, no 8, 1060-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to illuminate the meaning of inner strength when very old as narrated by women and men 85 and 90 years old. The authors used a phenomenological hermeneutical method to analyze interviews from 11 women and 7 men, aged either 85 or 90, who scored high on scales measuring phenomena related to inner strength. The following themes emerged from the analysis: feeling competent in oneself yet having faith in others, looking on the bright side of life without hiding from the dark, feeling eased and also being active, being the same yet growing into a new garment, and living in a connected present but also in the past and the future. The authors understood the meaning as Life Goes On--Living It All. To illuminate this meaning further, the authors related the findings to the Aristotelian virtues and the golden mean, and to developmental theory.

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2007. Vol. 17, no 8, 1060-73 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-507DOI: 10.1177/1049732307306922PubMedID: 17928479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-507DiVA: diva2:329954
Available from: 2010-07-14 Created: 2010-07-14 Last updated: 2016-12-05Bibliographically approved

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