Experiences of purpose in life when becoming and being a very old woman
2009 (English)In: Journal of Women & Aging, ISSN 0895-2841, Vol. 21, no 2, 125-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to illuminate how very old women describe their experiences of purpose in life (PIL) in narratives about becoming and being very old. The participants comprised 30 women selected from 120 women who had answered the PIL test and had been interviewed about their experiences of being very old. The interviews were analyzed with qualitative content analysis, which revealed four themes: having a positive view of life, living in relation to God, having meaningful activities, and simply existing. Our findings show that very old women experience purpose in life both in their daily activities and in their contact with a spiritual world. It seems to be facilitated by a positive view of life. Although the results were dominated by a positive view of life, some of the participants saw their lives in terms of simply existing, and did not experience purpose in life.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 21, no 2, 125-137 p.
very old women, purpose in life, content analysis, gender aspects
Research subject Caring Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37901DOI: 10.1080/08952840902837145OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-37901DiVA: diva2:371055