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  • 1.
    Lassenius, Oona
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Arman, Maria
    Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology.
    Söderlund, Anne
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Åkerlind, Ingemar
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Wiklund Gustin, Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Narvik University College.
    Moving toward Reclaiming Life: Lived Experiences of Being Physically Active Among Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities2013In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 34, no 10, p. 739-746Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is abundant documentation in research about the significant relationship between physical activity and mental health, but there is still more to be learned about what can enhance motivation to become more physically active. Fourteen persons with psychiatric disabilities were interviewed about their experiences of being physically active, and data was analyzed using a phenomenologicalhermeneutic method. Five themes emerged: Capability for Living, Liberation from a Heavy Mind, Companionship in Being in Motion, Longing for Living One’s Life, and Struggling with Limitations. The interpreted meaning of being physically active was to be moving toward reclaiming one’s life.

  • 2.
    Lassenius, Oona
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Arman, Maria
    Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
    Wiklund-Gustin, Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Söderlund, Anne
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
    Exploring the significance of interactive video games for physical activity among persons with psychiatric disabilities using experimental single case designManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Problem: Persons with psychiatric disabilities exhibit low levels of physical activity, which is a known general health risk factor. Nonetheless, physical activity is used far too little as health promotion in mental health care. Interactive video games are an emerging technology that can be used to increase physical activity levels. This study primarily aimed at exploring the significance of these games as a way to promote physical activity and health among persons with psychiatric disabilities.

    Method: Two participants played the interactive video game during an intervention for a period of 15 weeks. The study was conducted as a pilot study with a single case design and with an applied mixed methods approach.

    Results: Both participants increased their playing time during the intervention, and playing the game was experienced as fun, stimulating, and evolving. Through the challenge that the game provided, the participants’ motivation to continue playing seemed to be reinforced. Playing the game was found to strengthen the participants’ sense of capability and provided an experience of companionship with oneself.

    Conclusions: Being physically active in this manner enabled experiences of evolvement and competence, which could be considered an essential driving force of recovery and reconnection with one’s own life. The technique can therefore be regarded as an enabling tool for physical activity — however, the value of the support from another human being cannot be overlooked.

  • 3.
    Lassenius, Oona Bettina
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Karolinska Institutet.
    Being physically active — A bodily anchorage on the journey for recovery in mental ill-health2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Lassenius, Oona
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Åkerlind, Ingemar
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Wiklund Gustin, Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Arman, Maria
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Söderlund, Anne
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Self-reported health and physical activity among community mental healthcare users2013In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 82-90Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to survey the self-reported health and physical activity in a sample of community mental healthcare users in a city of Sweden. The study was conducted through a cross-sectional design with participants requested to fill out a self-report questionnaire. Participants (n =103) were persons with psychiatric disabilities living in residential psychiatric settings and/or participating in daily activities provided by community mental healthcare services. The results showed that the group is affected with serious risk factors, such as high body mass index, low rated extent and frequency of physical activity and low self-estimated general state of health. Even though some difficulties associated with the answering process of this questionnaire emerged, these self-reported results clearly confirm the fact that persons with psychiatric disabilities constitute a vulnerable group in need for health-promoting caring activities and interventions.

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