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  • 1.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Feministiska perspektiv på omvårdnad - finns det?1998Ingår i: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 75, nr 1-2, s. 57-61Artikel i tidskrift (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 2.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinsk fakultet, Omvårdnad.
    Fråntagna sitt språk2007Ingår i: Invandrare och Minoriteter, nr 6, s. 32-5Artikel i tidskrift (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 3.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Resilience among old Sami women2016Ingår i: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 36, s. 1738-1756Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    There is lack of research on old indigenous women’s experiences. The aim of thisstudy was to explore how old women narrate their experiences of wellbeing andlack of wellbeing using the salutogenetic concept of resilience. Interviews fromnine old Sami women were analysed according to grounded theory with the followingthemes identified: contributing to resilience and wellbeing built up from the categoriesfeeling connected, feeling independent and creating meaning; andcontributing to lack of lack of resilience and wellbeing built up from the categoryexperiencing lack of connectedness. The old Sami women’s narratives showedthat they were to a high extent resilient and experienced wellbeing. They felt bothconnected and independent and they were able to create meaning of being anold Sami woman. Having access to economic and cultural capital were for the oldSami women valuable for experiencing resilience. Lack of resilience was expressedas experiences of discrimination, lack of connectedness and living on the borderof the dominant society. Analysis of the Sami women’s narratives can give wider perspectiveson women’s health and deepen the perspectives on human resilience andincrease the understanding of minority groups in a multicultural world.

  • 4.
    Alex, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Fjellman-Wiklund, Anncristine
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Sjukgymnastik.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Christianson, Monica
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Beyond a Dichotomous View of the Concepts of 'Sex' and 'Gender' Focus Group Discussions among Gender Researchers at a Medical Faculty2012Ingår i: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 7, nr 11, s. e50275-Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: The concepts of 'sex' and 'gender' are both of vital importance in medicine and health sciences. However, the meaning of these concepts has seldom been discussed in the medical literature. The aim of this study was to explore what the concepts of 'sex' and 'gender' meant for gender researchers based in a medical faculty. Methods: Sixteen researchers took part in focus group discussions. The analysis was performed in several steps. The participating researchers read the text and discussed ideas for analysis in national and international workshops. The data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The authors performed independent preliminary analyses, which were further developed and intensively discussed between the authors. Results: The analysis of meanings of the concepts of 'sex' and 'gender' for gender researchers based in a medical faculty resulted in three categories; "Sex as more than biology", with the subcategories 'sex' is not simply biological, 'sex' as classification, and 'sex' as fluid and changeable; "Gender as a multiplicity of power-related constructions", with the subcategories: 'gender' as constructions, 'gender' power dimensions, and 'gender' as doing femininities and masculinities; "'Sex and gender as interwoven", with the subcategories: 'sex' and 'gender' as inseparable and embodying 'sex' and 'gender'. Conclusions: Gender researchers within medicine pointed out the importance of looking beyond a dichotomous view of the concepts of 'sex' and 'gender'. The perception of the concepts was that 'sex' and 'gender' were intertwined. Further research is needed to explore how 'sex' and 'gender' interact.

  • 5.
    Alex, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lehti, Arja
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, Professionell utveckling.
    Experiences of Well-Being Among Sami and Roma Women in a Swedish Context2013Ingår i: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 34, nr 8, s. 707-726Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Our aim was to explore the experiences of well-being and lack of well-being among middle-aged and older women belonging to two national minority groups in Sweden. Interviews from nine older Sami women and four middle-aged Roma women were analyzed using grounded theory with the following categories identified: contributing to well-being (with the subcategories belonging to a healthy family, being spiritual, cultural norms as health promoting, and having had a life of one's own); and contributing to lack of well-being (with the subcategories living subordinate to the dominant society, living in a hierarchical family, and living in the shadow of tuberculosis.)

  • 6.
    Alex, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Wikberg, A
    Feministisk kritik av kurslitteratur inom ämnet professionell omvårdnad1994Ingår i: Omvårdaren, ISSN 0280-4123, nr 2, s. 24-27Artikel i tidskrift (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 7.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Att balansera mellan olika diskurser: konsten att leva som gammal samisk kvinna2008Ingår i: Människor i norr: samisk forskning på nya vägar / [ed] Sköld, Peter, Umeå: Centrum för samisk forskning , 2008, s. 287-301Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 8.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Resilience among very old men and women2010Ingår i: Journal of research in nursing, ISSN 1744-9871, Vol. 5, nr 15, s. 419-431Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    High resilience is characterised by qualities of equanimity, perseverance, self-reliance, meaningfulness and existential aloneness. The aims of the present study were both to explore how the oldest of old men and women with estimated high resilience talk about experiences of becoming and being old, and to discuss the analysis of their narratives in terms of the foundational concepts of the Resilience Scale (RS). Thematic narrative interviews collected from 24 old people were analysed using content analysis, and the following themes were identified: feeling connected, feeling independent and creating meaning. The themes can be seen as congruent with the underlying concepts of the Resilience Scale; however, the themes were markedly gendered. A combination of both quantitative and qualitative research may contribute to a new angle of approach towards our understanding of resilience. In nursing practice it is of importance to both stimulate social contacts in the present and listen to narratives from the past to increase resilience among the oldest patients.

  • 9.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Äldre människors berättelser om att bli och vara gammal tolkade utifrån genus- och etnicitetsperspektiv2007Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    The overall aim of the five studies that make up this thesis is to elucidate constructions of being old from the perspectives of gender and ethnicity. One of the studies uses quantitative data and four use qualitative data.

    The sample in study I consisted of 125 participants from the Umeå 85+ study, aged 85 to 103 years old, who were able to use Likert scales in responding to questions. Studies II and III involved content analysis of interviews with old persons scoring on the extremes of the resilience scale. In study IV, interviews with nine Sami women were analysed using grounded theory. In study V, four interview situations were subjected to discourse analysis.

    Study I showed statistically significant correlations between the scales measuring resilience, sense of coherence, purpose in life and self-transcendence. These scales were supposed to measuring a common dimension, which is here interpreted as “inner strength”. There was a significant correlation between women’s “inner strength” and perceived mental health.

    The femininities found were associated with “being connected”, “being an actor”, “living in the shadow of others” and “being alienated”. The masculinities found were associated with “being in the male centre”, “striving to maintain the male facade” and “being related”. The femininity associated with “being an actor” and the masculinity associated with “being in the male centre” were pronounced in those participants assessed as having high resilience.

    Old Sami woman were found to be balancing within various discourses, including being a reindeer owner versus not owning reindeer, being Sami versus being Swedish, speaking in Sami versus speaking in Swedish, dreaming about the past versus looking to the future, being equal to men versus living in the shadow of the male herders, and changing for survival versus striving to retain uniqueness as a Sami.

    Study V revealed that shifts in power between the interviewer and the interviewed can be related to the discourses of age, gender, education, body, ethnicity and ideology.

    This thesis presents a complex picture of what it means to be among the oldest old. The ageing, gendered and ethicised selves cannot be seen as socially and culturally fixed. For the women, the femininity expressed in “being connected” involved being satisfied, content and having positive relationships. “Being an actor” involved a stress on the person’s own strength and own choices. The femininities experienced as “living in the shadow of others” and “being alienated” generated narratives about dissociation and loneliness. For the men, it seemed important to relate to themselves and to other men. However, the masculinity expressed in “being related” involved an alternative form of masculinity, focusing on the importance of daily work, new relationships, and reflecting on the meaning of life. The Sami women showed strength in being able to position themselves between various discourses, but their narratives also showed tender sadness when they spoke of their longing for the past and for their mother tongue. The reflection on how narratives are constructed by both the interviewed and the interviewer in relation to their access to various discourses of age, gender, education, ethnicity and ideology in different interview situations can be important for increasing awareness of the role of these discourses. Various ways of constructing femininities and masculinities must be studied if we are to avoid ageism developing in society. Analyzing and reflecting on the importance of age, gender and ethnicity from a constructivist perspective may reduce stereotypical descriptions of the oldest old.

  • 10.
    Aléx, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Shift in power during an interview situation: methodological reflections inspired by Foucault and Bourdieu2008Ingår i: Nursing Inquiry, ISSN 1320-7881, E-ISSN 1440-1800, Vol. 15, nr 2, s. 169-176Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents methodological reflections on power sharing and shifts of power in various interview situations. Narratives are said to be shaped by our attempts to position ourselves within social and cultural circumstances. In an interview situation, power can be seen as something that is created and that shifts between the interviewer and the interviewed. Reflexivity is involved when we as interviewers attempt to look at a situation or a concept from various perspectives. A modified form of discourse analysis inspired by subject positioning was used to reflect on power relations in four different interview situations. The analyses indicate that reflection on the power relations can lead to other forms of understanding of the interviewee. The main conclusion that can be drawn from this study is that power relations are created within an interview situation and therefore it is important to be aware of dominant perspectives. Researchers and nurses face the challenge of constantly raising their level of consciousness about power relationships, and discursive reflexivity is one way of doing this. Thus, reflexivity is an important part of the qualitative research process.

  • 11.
    Aléx, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Women´s Experiences in Connection with Induced Abortion - a Feminist Perspective2004Ingår i: Scand J Caring Sci, Vol. 18, nr 2, s. 160-168Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
  • 12.
    Aléx, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Constructions of various femininities among the oldest old women2006Ingår i: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 27, nr 10, s. 853-872Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This study forms part of the Ume 85+ Study, and the aim was to explore various gendered constructions of femininities among the oldest old women. Femininities are seen as various ways of shaping oneself as a woman in relation to the impact of historical, social, and cultural circumstances. Thematic narratives were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Through interpreting these narratives in the light of gender theories, we were able to discern four femininities: “being connected,” “being an actor,” “living in the shadow of others,” and “being alienated.” The oldest old women displayed complex outlooks on femininities, and no femininity was interpreted as being in the center related to the other femininities. Further research is needed in order to disclose the complexity of femininities related to factors such as social class, ethnicity, and financial situation among the oldest old, and to acquire a greater knowledge of various femininities.

  • 13.
    Aléx, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin. Allmänmedicin.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Balancing within various discourses: the art of being old and living as a Sami woman.2006Ingår i: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 27, nr 10, s. 873-892Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
  • 14.
    Aléx, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Construction of masculinities among men aged 85 and older in the north of Sweden2008Ingår i: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 17, nr 4, s. 451-459Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    AIM: The aim was to analyse the construction of masculinities among men aged 85 and older. BACKGROUND: All societies have a gender order, constructed from multiple ideas of what is seen as feminine and masculine. As the group of men aged 85 and older is increasing in size and their demand for care will increase, we must recognize the importance of studying these men and various discourses of masculinities. DESIGN: Qualitative explorative. METHODS: Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse thematic narratives. Masculinity theories provided the point of departure for the analysis. RESULTS: The analysis coalesced into three masculinities. 'Being in the male centre', developed from subthemes as: taking pride in one's work and economic situation; being in the centre in relation to others; regarding women as sexual objects; and belonging to a select group. 'Striving to maintain the male facade' developed from subthemes as: emphasizing 'important' connections; having feelings of loss; striving to maintain old norms and rejecting the fact of being old. 'Being related' was formulated from subthemes as: feeling at home with domestic duties; being concerned; accepting one's own aging; and reflecting on life. CONCLUSIONS: Our study indicates the importance of being aware of the existence of multiple masculinities, in contrast to the generally unproblematic and unsubtle particular healthcare approaches which consider men as simply belonging to one masculinity. Relevance to clinical practice. Diverse masculinities probably affect encounters between men and healthcare providers and others who work with an older population and therefore our results are of importance in a caring context.

  • 15.
    Aléx, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lack of resilience among very old men and women: a qualitative gender analysis2011Ingår i: Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, ISSN 1541-6577, E-ISSN 1945-7286, Vol. 25, nr 4, s. 302-316Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    High degree of resilience has been described as an enduring positive view of life despite difficult circumstances during the aging process. How to become old and being old with low resilience have not been studied. The aim of this study was to illuminate experiences about becoming old and being old among very old people with low resilience. Interviews from very old women and men were analyzed using content analysis with the following themes identified: being out of it, emphasizing life experiences from the past, religious doubting, and accepting age. Except for religious doubting, the themes contained both similarities and variations between women and men. Our study showed that in spite of scoring low on the Resilience Scale (RS), very old persons can experience integration and well-being. However, the women seemed to be more vulnerable compared to men, and for them, it is important to strengthen social and relational possibilities for contributing to resilience.

  • 16.
    Aléx, Lena
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Reflections of men and women in advanced old age on being the other sex2010Ingår i: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 30, nr 2, s. 193-206Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The study reported in this paper is part of the Umeå 85+ project in Sweden. The aim was to investigate gender perspectives among ‘the oldest old’, by asking men and women in advanced old age living in a sparsely populated area of northern Sweden to reflect on how life might have been if they had been born the other sex. Thematic narratives from nine men and seven women were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The content of these narratives was resolved into eight categories in two domains, respectively men's and women's reflections about being born the opposite sex. The narratives of both the men and women indicated that they were satisfied with their actual birth sex. The men were aware that if they had been born female, they would probably have experienced more hard work and had a more restricted life, and they were conscious of both women's relative powerlessness and their greater ability to manage and organise work within the home. The women's narratives described a femininity characterised by longing for a state of being unconcerned when young, and their narratives also displayed awareness of women's physical strength and that men's lives had also been hard.

  • 17.
    Bergdahl, Ellinor
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering.
    Allard, Per
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, Psykiatri.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
    Gender differences in depression among the very old2007Ingår i: International psychogeriatrics, ISSN 1041-6102, E-ISSN 1741-203X, Vol. 19, nr 6, s. 1125-1140Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
  • 18.
    Choowattanapakorn, Tassana
    et al.
    Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Nygren, Björn
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Resilience among women and men aged 60 years and over in Sweden and in Thailand2010Ingår i: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 12, nr 3, s. 329-335Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to compare the level of resilience of people aged > or = 60 years in Sweden and Thailand. In a randomized sample of 422 people in Sweden and a convenience sample of 200 people in Thailand, the level of resilience was measured by using the Resilience Scale. A chi(2)-analysis was used for the differences between proportions. The relationships between the background variables and the resilience scores were analyzed by using stepwise multiple linear regression. The mean scores of resilience were 144 for the Swedish participants and 146 for the Thai participants. The two samples differed in their background characteristics. The Thai participants were more likely to be women, to be widowed, and to have more children, while among the Swedish participants, more women were married and more participants were aged > or = 80 years. Despite different background characteristics, the Swedish and the Thai participants' scores were almost the same on the Resilience Scale. More studies are necessary to address aspects of gender and ethnicity in relation to resilience.

  • 19.
    Christianson, Monica
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Fjellman-Wiklund, Anncristine
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Sjukgymnastik.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Sex and gender traps and springboards: a focus group study among gender researchers in medicine and health sciences2012Ingår i: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 33, nr 8, s. 739-755Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    We explored the difficulties that gender researchers encounter in their research and the strategies they use for solving these problems. Sixteen Swedish researchers, all women, took part in focus group discussions; the data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The problems reported fell into four main categories: the ambiguity of the concepts of sex and gender; traps associated with dichotomization; difficulties with communication; and issues around publication. Categories of suggested problem-solving strategies were adaptation, pragmatism, addressing the complexities, and definition of terms. Here the specific views of gender researchers in medicine and health sciences-"medical insiders"-bring new challenges into focus.

  • 20. Eivergård, Kristina
    et al.
    Enmarker, Ingela
    Livholts, Mona
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hellzén, Ove
    The Importance of Being Acceptable: psychiatric Staffs' Talk about Women Patients in Forensic Care2019Ingår i: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 40, nr 2, s. 124-132Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Currently, women comprise about ten percent of those sentenced to psychiatric forensic clinics in Sweden. Those who are sentenced to forensic care because of offending and violent behaviour have already taken a step away from the usually expected female behaviour. On the other hand, there are many women in forensic care who have not committed crimes, but who instead self-harm. Studies have identified a gender bias in diagnosing and care in psychiatric settings, but there are few studies conducted on women in forensic care. The present study therefore examined how the situation of women patients and female norms are expressed in the staff's talk about these women during verbal handovers and ward rounds at a forensic clinic in Sweden. The aim was to explore how psychiatric staff, in a context of verbal handovers and ward rounds, talk about women who have been committed to forensic psychiatric care, and what consequences this might have for the care of the patients. The content of speech was examined using audio recordings and a method of analysis that was inspired by thematic analysis. The analysis identified that the staff talked about the women in a way that indicates that they expected the women to follow the rules and take responsibility for their bodies in order to be regarded as acceptable patients.

  • 21.
    Elwer, Sofia
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Gender (in)equality among employees in elder care: implications for health2012Ingår i: International Journal for Equity in Health, ISSN 1475-9276, E-ISSN 1475-9276, Vol. 11, nr 1Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Gendered practices of working life create gender inequalities through horizontal and vertical gender segregation in work, which may lead to inequalities in health between women and men. Gender equality could therefore be a key element of health equity in working life. Our aim was to analyze what gender (in) equality means for the employees at a woman-dominated workplace and discuss possible implications for health experiences.

    Methods: All caregiving staff at two workplaces in elder care within a municipality in the north of Sweden were invited to participate in the study. Forty-five employees participated, 38 women and 7 men. Seven focus group discussions were performed and led by a moderator. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the focus groups.

    Results: We identified two themes. "Advocating gender equality in principle" showed how gender (in) equality was seen as a structural issue not connected to the individual health experiences. "Justifying inequality with individualism" showed how the caregivers focused on personalities and interests as a justification of gender inequalities in work division. The justification of gender inequality resulted in a gendered work division which may be related to health inequalities between women and men. Gender inequalities in work division were primarily understood in terms of personality and interests and not in terms of gender.

    Conclusion: The health experience of the participants was affected by gender (in) equality in terms of a gendered work division. However, the participants did not see the gendered work division as a gender equality issue. Gender perspectives are needed to improve the health of the employees at the workplaces through shifting from individual to structural solutions. A healthy-setting approach considering gender relations is needed to achieve gender equality and fairness in health status between women and men.

  • 22.
    Elwér, Sofia
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Health against the odds: experiences of employees in elder care from a gender perspective2010Ingår i: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 20, nr 9, s. 1202-1212Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Women-dominated elder care in Sweden is a low-paid, low-status job with a high prevalence of sick leave. Our aim was to analyze health experiences of employees in elder care from a gender perspective. All caregiving staff at two establishments providing care to the elderly were invited to participate in the study. A moderator led seven focus group discussions. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the transcribed focus groups. We identified two central themes in relation to the employees' health. "Working against the odds" describes gendered workplace stressors of a structural character, to a large extent triggered by societal processes outside the organization. "Making work matter" refers to gendered health resources with a relational character, constructed within the organization. Health-promoting programs directed toward women-dominated workplaces need to include a gender perspective, and focus on creating structural, supportive environments to avoid the negative health effects of the stressors.

  • 23.
    Hammarström, Anne
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Johansson, Klara
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Annandale, Ellen
    Ahlgren, Christina
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Sjukgymnastik.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Christianson, Monica
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Elwer, Sofia
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Eriksson, Carola
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Fjellman-Wiklund, Anncristine
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Sjukgymnastik.
    Gilenstam, Kajsa
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för kirurgisk och perioperativ vetenskap, Idrottsmedicin.
    Gustafsson, Per E.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Harryson, Lisa
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen.
    Lehti, Arja
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, Professionell utveckling.
    Stenberg, Gunilla
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Sjukgymnastik.
    Verdonk, Petra
    Central gender theoretical concepts in health research: the state of the art2014Ingår i: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, ISSN 0143-005X, E-ISSN 1470-2738, Vol. 68, nr 2, s. 185-190Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite increasing awareness of the importance of gender perspectives in health science, there is conceptual confusion regarding the meaning and the use of central gender theoretical concepts. We argue that it is essential to clarify how central concepts are used within gender theory and how to apply them to health research. We identify six gender theoretical concepts as central and interlinked-but problematic and ambiguous in health science: sex, gender, intersectionality, embodiment, gender equity and gender equality. Our recommendations are that: the concepts sex and gender can benefit from a gender relational theoretical approach (ie, a focus on social processes and structures) but with additional attention to the interrelations between sex and gender; intersectionality should go beyond additive analyses to study complex intersections between the major factors which potentially influence health and ensure that gendered power relations and social context are included; we need to be aware of the various meanings given to embodiment, which achieve an integration of gender and health and attend to different levels of analyses to varying degrees; and appreciate that gender equality concerns absence of discrimination between women and men while gender equity focuses on women's and men's health needs, whether similar or different. We conclude that there is a constant need to justify and clarify our use of these concepts in order to advance gender theoretical development. Our analysis is an invitation for dialogue but also a call to make more effective use of the knowledge base which has already developed among gender theorists in health sciences in the manner proposed in this paper.

  • 24.
    Harryson, Lisa
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    “An equal share, that’s my medicine”. Experiences of domestic work, health and illness from a gender relational perspective.Manuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Gender inequalities in domestic work have been shown to be related to mental illness among both women and men. The aim of this study was to analyse experiences of domestic work, health and illness among women and men from a gender relational perspective. Methods: A strategic section from the Northern Swedish Cohort of four women and four men living in couple relationships with children was included in the study. The strategic selection included variation socioeconomic class and perception of gender equality in the couple relationship. Interviews were conducted in 2012 when the participants were 47 years old. Data collection and analysis was performed with a Grounded Theory approach. Results: We identified three categories. “Living with the burden of domestic work –an obstacle for women’s health” was built on women’s experiences of having the main responsibility for everyday domestic work as burdensome, stressful and something that caused sleeping and mental illness problems. “Being trapped in an outmoded masculinity – a stressful situation” was built on men’s experiences of domestic work such as fixing things that were broken at home as well as having responsibility for the seasonal outdoor work, something that was connected to feelings of stress. “Negotiating gender equality” included women’s and men’s experiences of striving for gender equality in the couple relationship as a possible way to improved health. Conclusions: Gender relations are an important part of how the domestic work is unequally organized and related to experiences of mental illness. We found that gender constructions in the domestic sphere included various dimensions of gender inequality that were constantly negotiated in order to improve health.

  • 25.
    Harryson, Lisa
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Hammarström, Anne
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Epidemiologi och global hälsa.
    "I have surly passed a limit, it is simply too much": women's and men's experiences of stress and wellbeing when living within a process of housework resignation2016Ingår i: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 16, artikel-id 224Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Gender inequality within paid and unpaid work exposes women and men to different environments and responsibilities. These gender patterns shape living conditions for women and men, either negatively or positively, by affecting the prospect of good health. Most public health studies of gender and housework are quantitative, and knowledge about the relationship between housework experiences and health for women and men is limited. The aim of this study was to explore the housework experiences and practices of women and men and their experiences of stress and perceived wellbeing from a gender perspective.

    METHODS: We conducted thematic interviews with four women and four men living in Sweden, and performed an analysis using the Grounded Theory method.

    FINDINGS: We found that stereotypical gender practices in housework influenced experiences of stress and perceived wellbeing among women and men. Despite proposing gender equality in housework as a means of improving wellbeing, inequality was amplified by the way women and men handle the gendered division of housework. We call this recurring theme "The process of housework resignation", which also constitute the core category in our analysis. "The process of housework resignation" was theorised from the categories "Gender practices in housework", "Experiencing stress and wellbeing" and "Managing daily life".

    CONCLUSIONS: Stereotypical gender practices in housework can increase experiences of stress among women and men. Challenging stereotypical masculinities can be a key for breaking the process of resignation in housework and for facilitating improved health among both women and men in heterosexual couple relationships within a Swedish context.

  • 26.
    Hedberg, Pia
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Experiences of purpose in life when becoming and being a very old woman2009Ingår i: Journal of Women & Aging, ISSN 0895-2841, E-ISSN 1540-7322, Vol. 21, nr 2, s. 125-137Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    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.

  • 27.
    Hedberg, Pia
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
    Purpose in life over a five-year period: a longitudinal study in a very old population2011Ingår i: International psychogeriatrics, ISSN 1041-6102, E-ISSN 1741-203X, Vol. 23, nr 5, s. 806-813Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Few studies have specifically examined purpose in life among very old people, and we know of none that has used a prospective approach. The aim of this study was to examine changes in pupose in life over five years in very old men and women and to investigate whether depressed mood, malnutrition, inactivity in daily life, or cognitive impairment increased the risk for developing low purpose in life.

    Methods: The study includes data from 51 participants (42 women and 9 men) living in Northern Sweden who completed the Purpose in Life Test once at baseline and again five years later.

    Results: Purpose in life decreased over five years and the decrease was significantly associated with being a woman (p<0.001) and having depressed mood (p=0.009) or depression (p=0.002) at baseline. There were no differences in baseline PIL scores between depressed and not depressed, but those who had depression had significantly decreased PIL scores after five years (p=0.001).

    Conclusion: A strong purpose in life does not seem to prevent very old people from developing depression, and being depressed at baseline and living with depression over five years is associated with a loss of purpose in life.

  • 28.
    Hedberg, Pia
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
    Alèx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Depression in relation to purpose in life among a very old population: a five-year follow-up study2010Ingår i: Aging & Mental Health, ISSN 1360-7863, E-ISSN 1364-6915, Vol. 14, nr 6, s. 757-763Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To investigate the relationship between purpose in life and depression and, in a five-year follow-up investigate whether purpose in life, adjusted for different background characteristics, can prevent very old men and women from developing depression. Methods: A cross-sectional study included 189 participants (120 women and 69 men) 85–103 years of age living in a county in northern Sweden. Those who had not been diagnosed as depressed at baseline were included in the five-year follow-up study (n=78). Depression was assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale-15, the Organic Brain Syndrome scale, the Montgomery–Åsberg Depression Rating Scale, and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV criteria. Purpose in life was assessed with the Purpose in Life (PIL) scale. Results: In the cross-sectional study, 40 participants out of 189 (21.2%) were depressed, and those with depression had significantly lower PIL scores (mean score 107 vs. 99, p=0.014). In the follow-up study, 78 persons were available for the assessment of depression. Of those, 21 (26.9%) were diagnosed as depressed and their mean PIL score at baseline was 106 (SD=17.4) versus 108 (SD=16.0, p=0.750) among those not depressed. Using multivariate logistic regression analysis controlling for possible confounders, we found no association between purpose in life and the risk of developing depression after five years (OR=1.0, 95% CI 0.97–1.03). Conclusions: The results show a significant inverse relationship between purpose in life and depression in the cross-sectional study; however, a high PIL score does not seem to serve very old people as a protection against the risk of developing depression.

  • 29.
    Hedberg, Pia
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Purpose in life among very old men2013Ingår i: Advances in Aging Research, ISSN 2169-0499, Vol. 2, nr 3, s. 100-105Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to illuminate very old men’s experiences and reflections of purpose in life. The participants were 23 men who were interviewed and answered a specific question about purpose in life. The answers were analyzed according to qualitative content analysis, which revealed three content areas: the purpose of one’s life as a whole; purpose in everyday life; and reflections on purpose in life. Our findings showed that very old men experience purpose in life most strongly when remembering the past and when work is stressed as important. The analyzed text was dominated by positive experiences of PIL, although one man said that he had given up and that there was no purpose in his life at all.

  • 30.
    Johansson, Eva
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Allmänmedicin.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Christianson, Monica
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Gendered discourses of youth sexualities - an exploration of PubMed articles on prevention of sexually transmissible infections2014Ingår i: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 5, nr 3, s. 81-89Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To explore how gender is addressed in medical articles on the prevention of sexually transmissible infections (STI) among adolescents.

    METHODS: Sixtyone articles were retrieved from a PubMed search and scrutinized by qualitative content analysis.

    RESULTS: Most articles were affiliated with North American research institutions, but there were also reports from Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. Gender turned up in the following four recurrent discourses: Gendered Receptiveness for Information, Stereotyped Heterosexual Expectations, Power Imbalance in Sexual Relations, and Gendered Prevention Approaches. Young women were described as knowledgeable, communicative, and responsible, but at risk because of feminine ideals and a lack of negotiating power. Men were described as less informed, more reluctant to discuss, and more risk taking due to masculine ideals and power dominance. Prevention approaches concerned how to postpone sex and/or tailor gender-sensitive programs for specific groups of young women and men.

    CONCLUSION: Researchers' own gender expectations might have a substantial impact on how sex and sexual health is considered in prevention research. To avoid reconstruction of current inequalities and stereotypes regarding sexual practices of young women and men, the impact of gender, the power structures in intimate relations, and the cultural context should be considered. Medical research on STI prevention could benefit from including a wider array of gender perspectives.

  • 31.
    Kautto, Ethel
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Olsson, Cecilia
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Ivarsson, Anneli
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Epidemiologi och global hälsa.
    Hörnell, Agneta
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    An on-going gendered endeavour in silence: young women struggling with celiac diseaseManuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    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.

  • 32.
    Kautto, Ethel
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Olsson, Cecilia
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Ivarsson, Anneli
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Epidemiologi och global hälsa.
    Hörnell, Agneta
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Living with celiac disease seen from a male perspectiveManuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Men diagnosed with celiac disease are in earlier scientific studies known to be less troubled by their experiences of living with disease than women with celiac disease. Previous studies, concentrating on men with celiac disease have been mostly quantitative, and the studies has dealt with physiology and pathology. The aim of this study was to give voice to young men with screening-detected celiac disease and to highlight the situations that they encounter in their daily lives five years after the screening. Seven Swedish young men were interviewed. They had been diagnosed with celiac disease as 12-13 years-olds through a large Swedish school based celiac screening-study. The semi-structured interviews were analyzed from a gender perspective using content analysis. The findings resulted in a main theme, conquering the disease and becoming a man, which was underpinned by several themes and sub-themes. The analysis showed that the young men’s experiences of living with celiac disease in their daily life, largely depended on their use of characteristics known to be in accordance with dominating masculinity; such as being self-assured, demanding, and behaving authoritative. In food situations, when the young men had the ability to make use of such characteristics in their informal group, they experienced much less negative aspects of the disease. If the young men did not have a position in their informal group where they could develop those features, their situation was expressed as being tough, they were bullied and withdrew from social meals. It seemed important for the young men to dissociate themselves from being seen as a person who had a life-long chronic disease.

  • 33.
    Kautto, Ethel
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Olsson, Cecilia
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Ivarsson, Anneli
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Epidemiologi och global hälsa.
    Lyon, Phil
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Hörnell, Agneta
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Living with celiac disease: norms of femininity and the complications of everyday life2017Ingår i: International Journal of Celiac Disease, ISSN 2334-3427, Vol. 5, nr 3, s. 115-124Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Women with celiac disease are often described as being exposed to negative emotions and experiences related to the treatment of celiac disease, the gluten-free diet. To explore the daily consequences of diagnosis and their daily experiences of living with celiac disease, interviews were conducted with seven Swedish young women who had been diagnosed with celiac disease by screening in early adolescence. The semi-structured interview transcripts were content analysed using a gender perspective. The analysis showed that these young women`s daily experiences were coloured by the conjunction of their dietary treatment, their social relationships, and social norms. This means that recurrent food situations often clash with the normative constructions of femininity and social norms of eating with an adverse effect on dietary compliance.

  • 34.
    Kautto, Ethel
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap. Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Umeå centrum för genusstudier (UCGS).
    Olsson, Cecilia
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Ivarsson, Anneli
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Epidemiologi och global hälsa.
    Lyon, Phil
    School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, Queen Margaret University, UK.
    Hörnell, Agneta
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för kostvetenskap.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Seeking a new normality: masculinity, interaction and a gluten free diet2016Ingår i: International Journal of Celiac Disease, ISSN 2334-3486, Vol. 4, nr 4, s. 138-145Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    From earlier studies, men diagnosed with celiac disease are known to be less troubled by their experiences of living with the disease than are diagnosed women. Previous studies, concentrating on men with celiac disease have been mostly quantitative, and have a bio-medical emphasis. The aim of this study was to explore the social experience of young men with screening-detected celiac disease and to highlight daily life situations five years after diagnosis. Seven young men, diagnosed with celiac disease when they were 13 years-olds through a large Swedish school-based celiac screening-study, were interviewed. The semi-structured interviews were analyzed from a gender perspective which resulted in three themes; being subjected to changes, striving for normality and emphasizing commitment. These were underpinned by several sub-themes. The young men dissociated themselves from being seen as a person with a life-long chronic disease. The analysis also showed that the young men’s daily experiences of living with celiac disease largely depended on their use of characteristics known to be associated with masculinity: such as being self-assured, demanding, and behaving authoritatively. In food situations, where the young men had the ability to make use of such characteristics in their informal group, they experienced fewer negative aspects of the disease. If the young men did not hold a strong position in their informal group, their situation was insecure and vulnerable and this could lead to avoidance of contacts and social meal situations.

  • 35.
    Lundman, Berit
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Jonsén, Elisabeth
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lövheim, Hugo
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
    Nygren, Björn
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Fischer, Regina Santamäki
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Strandberg, Gunilla
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Inner strength in relation to functional status, disease, living arrangements, and social relationships among people aged 85 years and older2012Ingår i: Geriatric Nursing, ISSN 0197-4572, E-ISSN 1528-3984, Vol. 33, nr 3, s. 167-176Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Inner strength is described as an important resource that promotes well-being. We used data from a sample of 185 people in the Umeå 85+ cohort study to relate inner strength and its attributes to objective health variables. The Resilience, Sense of Coherence, Purpose in Life, and Self-Transcendence scales were used to assess aspects of inner strength, and strong correlations between the scales were found. Prevalence of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, osteoporosis, or diagnosed depression was associated with low inner strength. Significant relationships were also found between high inner strength and various measures of social relationships. Participants with a higher degree of inner strength had better physical health and more satisfying social relationships. The promotion of inner strength should be a major aim of geriatric nursing.

  • 36.
    Lundman, Berit
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Jonsén, Elisabeth
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Nygren, Björn
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Santamäki Fischer, Regina
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Strandberg, Gunilla
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Inner strength-A theoretical analysis of salutogenic concepts.2010Ingår i: International Journal of Nursing Studies, ISSN 0020-7489, E-ISSN 1873-491X, International journal of nursing studies, ISSN 1873-491X, Vol. 47, nr 2, s. 251-260Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Theoretical and empirical overlaps between the concepts of resilience, sense of coherence, hardiness, purpose in life, and self-transcendence have earlier been described as some kind of inner strength, but no studies have been found that focus on what attributes these concepts have in common. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to perform a theoretical analysis of the concepts of resilience, sense of coherence, hardiness, purpose in life, and self-transcendence, in order to identify their core dimensions in an attempt to get an overarching understanding of inner strength. PRINT METHOD: An analysis inspired by the procedure of meta-theory construction was performed. The main questions underlying the development of the concepts, the major paradigms and the most prominent assumptions, the critical attributes and the characteristics of the various concepts were identified. RESULTS: The analysis resulted in the identification of four core dimensions of inner strength and the understanding that inner strength relies on the interaction of these dimensions: connectedness, firmness, flexibility, and creativity. These dimensions were validated through comparison with the original descriptions of the concepts. CONCLUSION: An overarching understanding of inner strength is that it means both to stand steady, to be firm, with both feet on the ground and to be connected to; family, friends, society, nature and spiritual dimensions and to be able to transcend. Having inner strength is to be creative and stretchable, which is to believe in own possibilities to act and to make choices and influence life's trajectory in a perceived meaningful direction. Inner strength is to shoulder responsibility for oneself and others, to endure and deal with difficulties and adversities. This knowledge about inner strength will raise the awareness of the concept and, in turn, hopefully increase our potential to support people's inner strength.

  • 37.
    Lundman, Berit
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Santamäki Fischer, Regina
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Syn på åldrande och äldre personer2012Ingår i: Det goda åldrandet / [ed] Astrid Norberg, Berit Lundman, Regina Santamäki Fischer, Studentlitteratur AB, 2012, 1, s. 17-40Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 38.
    Lundman, Berit
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Viglund, Kerstin
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Jonsén, Elisabeth
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Fischer, Regina Santamäki
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Strandberg, Gunilla
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Nygren, Björn
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Development and psychometric properties of the Inner Strength Scale.2011Ingår i: International Journal of Nursing Studies, ISSN 0020-7489, E-ISSN 1873-491X, Vol. 48, nr 10, s. 1266-1274Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Four dimensions of inner strength were previously identified in a meta-theoretical analysis: firmness, creativity, connectedness, and flexibility.

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop an Inner Strength Scale (ISS) based on those four dimensions and to evaluate its psychometric properties.

    METHOD: An initial version of ISS was distributed for validation purpose with the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the resilience scale, and the sense of Coherence Scale. A convenience sample of 391 adults, aged 19-90 years participated. Principal component analysis (PCA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were used in the process of exploring, evaluating, and reducing the 63-item ISS to the 20-item ISS. Cronbach's alpha and test-retest were used to measure reliability.

    RESULTS: CFA showed satisfactory goodness-of-fit for the 20-item ISS. The analysis supported a fourfactor solution explaining 51% of the variance. Cronbach's alpha on the 20-item ISS was 0.86, and the test-retest showed stability over time (r=0.79).

    CONCLUSION: The ISS was found to be a valid and reliable instrument for capturing a multifaceted understanding of inner strength. Further tests of psychometric properties of the ISS will be performed in forthcoming studies.

  • 39.
    Norberg, Astrid
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Alex, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Utveckling av identitet under livsloppet2012Ingår i: Det goda åldrandet, Studentlitteratur AB, 2012, 1, s. 43-63Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 40.
    Nygren, Björn
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Jonsén, Elisabeth
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Gustafson, Yngve
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Resilience, sense of coherence, purpose in life and self-transcendence in relation to perceived physical and mental health among the oldest old.2005Ingår i: Aging & Mental Health, ISSN 1360-7863, E-ISSN 1364-6915, Vol. 9, nr 4, s. 354-362Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
  • 41.
    Strandberg, Gunilla
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Självständighet och gemenskap under åldrandet2012Ingår i: Det goda åldrandet / [ed] Astrid Norberg, Berit Lundman, Regina Santamäki Fischer, Studentlitteratur AB, 2012, 1, s. 239-256Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 42.
    Viglund, Kerstin
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Aléx, Lena
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Jonsén, Elisabeth
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Lundman, Berit
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Norberg, Astrid
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad. Department of Palliative Care Research, Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Santamäki Fischer, Regina
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad. Department of Nursing Education, University of Applied Sciences, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland.
    Strandberg, Gunilla
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Nygren, Björn
    Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för omvårdnad.
    Psychometric properties of the Swedish version of the selection, optimization, compensation questionnaire2013Ingår i: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 27, nr 2, s. 460-467Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The model of selection, optimization and compensation has been proposed as a model of adaptive management strategies throughout the lifespan.

    Aim: The aim of this study was to test the psychometric properties of a translated Swedish version of the 12-item selection, optimization, and compensation (SOC) questionnaire.

    Method: The 12-item SOC questionnaire is composed of four subscales: elective selection (ES), loss-based selection, optimization and compensation. A convenience sample of 122 Swedish-speaking people, aged 19-85, participated in a study of the validity and reliability of the SOC questionnaire. Cronbach's alpha coefficient, corrected item-total correlation and Cronbach's alpha if item deleted were used for reliability testing. Two other scales, the ways of coping questionnaire and Rosenberg's self-esteem scale, were used to test convergent validity, and the geriatric depression scale was used to test discriminant validity. Stability over time was evaluated using a test-retest model with a 2-week interval.

    Results: The 12-item SOC questionnaire showed a Cronbach's alpha value of 0.50, and the subscales ranged from α=0.16 to α=0.64. Two items in the ES subscale had negative values on the corrected item-total correlation and showed substantial improvement (>0.05) in Cronbach's alpha when item deleted. When these two items that influenced internal consistency were deleted, Cronbach's alpha rose to 0.68.

    Conclusion: The Swedish version of the 12-item SOC questionnaire showed deficiencies in a test of internal consistency because of two items in the ES subscale, and these two items were deleted. A consequence of the reduction is a weakening of the ES subscale and thereby to some extent the SOC questionnaire in total. Further testing is advisable. However, the 10-item SOC questionnaire was acceptable in a test of validity and reliability.

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