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Health throughout the lifespan: The phenomenon of the inner child reflected in events during childhood experienced by older persons
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6068-821X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7812-321X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3876-7202
Number of Authors: 42016 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 11, article id 31486Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to describe and gain more knowledge of the phenomenon of the inner child, reflected in events during childhood experienced by older persons. Thirteen older persons aged 70 to 91 years old were interviewed. A hermeneutical phenomenological analysis of the data revealed two main themes: the inner child becomes visible and the inner child's presence through life. The participants' narratives showed that their understanding of the experiences included both positive and negative feelings, as well as ways to be creative, in which the inner child became visible. The participants' experiences indicated that the inner child was present throughout the lifespan, was found in challenges that occurred in life, and could turn something bad into something good. However, the presence of the inner child could also be a source for development throughout life and could interfere with the person. The findings from this study point to older persons' need to be recognized, acknowledged, and understood as a unique person living his or her own life. In addition, dimensions of well-being such as feeling safe, loved, supported, and creating space for fantasy and possibilities can be compared to the physical, mental, social, and existential dimensions of well-being found in WHO surveys and definitions of health. This calls for a holistic approach when caring for older persons.

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2016. Vol. 11, article id 31486
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Health Science; Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6033DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v11.31486ISI: 000381032600001PubMedID: 27317381Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84982766584Local ID: 439b54b5-c293-4bf0-81af-5ac729d9016fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-6033DiVA, id: diva2:978909
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Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 2016-06-27 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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