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The Meaning of the Lived Experience of Lifestyle Changes for People with Severe Mental Illness

Lundström, Sofie, Ahlström, Britt Hedman, Jormfeldt, Henrika, Eriksson, Helena, Skärsäter, Ingela
2017

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Abstract:

The aim of this study was to elucidate the meaning of the lived experience of lifestyle changes as perceived by people with severe mental illness (SMI). People with SMI who have experience in managing lifestyle changes were interviewed (n = 10). The interviews were analyzed with a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. The findings reveal three themes: (1) struggling with inner and outer limitations, (2) on one's own but together with others and (3) longing for living a life in harmony. The meaning of lifestyle changes can be understood as a person's internal and external endeavors to make well-considered decisions about lifestyle changes. Support should focus on strengthening the person's self-efficacy and should be based on the person's experiences. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Citera: Lundström, Sofie, Hedman Ahlström, Britt, Jormfeldt, Henrika, Eriksson, Helena & Skärsäter, Ingela, The Meaning of the Lived Experience of Lifestyle Changes for People with Severe Mental Illness, Issues in Mental Health Nursing., 38:9, s. 717-725, 2017