An on-going gendered endeavour in silence: young women struggling with celiac disease
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Women with celiac disease are in the literature described as feeling exposed to negative emotions and experiences related to the treatment of celiac disease - the gluten-free diet. In order to explore the daily experiences of being diagnosed to celiac disease we interviewed seven Swedish young women diagnosed to celiac disease by screening in early adolescence. The semi structured interviews were analysed inductively by using content analysis. The analysis showed that the young women continued to strive with their treatment and their relations toward others, even years after diagnosis. The young women found themselves in an environment where their strict adherence to the dietary treatment was an obstacle and could prevent the feeling of connectedness. We argue that the emphasized/normative femininity that these young women relate to complicates their daily life diagnosed with celiac disease.
Compliance, gluten-free diet, gender, women’s issues, young adults
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Respiratory Medicine and Allergy Health Sciences
Research subject Food and Nutrition
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85864OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-85864DiVA: diva2:695796