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Barriär mot smärta: Äldre om mänskliga relationers inverkan på det subjektiva välbefinnandet
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Forskning indikerar att det bland äldre existerar en starkare koppling mellan socialt nätverk och subjektivt välbefinnande än bland yngre grupper. Syftet med föreliggande studie var att utifrån äldres egna upplevelser kartlägga på vilket sätt mänskliga relationer anses skapa subjektivt välbefinnande. Sju deltagare i åldrarna 75-88, varav en man, intervjuades. Studien uppmärksammade ett dubbelriktat samband mellan hälsa och relationer. Hälsa, som både faktisk och upplevd kapacitet, är inte endast en grundförutsättning för vidmakthållna relationer utan bör även betraktas som ett resultat därav. Vidare framkom ömsesidighet som en viktig komponent, vilket åsyftade både deltagarnas bidrag till andras välbefinnande och känslan av vad andra gör för att öka deras välbefinnande. Indikationer pekade likaså på att familjen utgör toppen av relationshierarkin och att deltagarnas relationer hade påverkats positivt av åldrandet. Studien framhåller vikten av att betrakta äldres hälsa/välbefinnande inte endast utifrån fysiska och psykiska faktorer, utan även utifrån sociala aspekter.

Keywords: subjective well-being, elderly, social relationships, health

Abstract [en]

Research indicates that there is a strong connection between social network and subjective well-being even among elderly. The aim of this survey was to map out in what way human relationships are considered creating subjective well-being. Seven participants, aged 75-88, were interviewed. This survey emphasized a bidirectional connection between health and relationships. Health, as both actual and perceived capacity, is not only a prerequisite for sustaining relationships but should also be looked upon as a result thereof. Furthermore, reciprocity appeared to be of great importance, meaning elderly people´s contributions to other people´s well-being as well as the feeling of what others do in order to increase their well-being. Findings also suggest that family makes up the top of the relationship hierarchy and that the elderly people´s aging had influenced their relationships positively. The survey highlights the importance of also considering elderly people´s health/well-being from a social point of view.

Keywords: subjective well-being, elderly, social relationships, health

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2011. , 27 p.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12781OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-12781DiVA: diva2:431157
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-10-24 Created: 2011-07-15 Last updated: 2011-10-24Bibliographically approved

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