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Young adults' use of food as a self-therapeutic intervention

Von Essen, Elisabeth and Mårtensson, Fredrika (2014). Young adults' use of food as a self-therapeutic intervention. International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being. 9, 1-9
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v9.23000

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate how young adults use their lived body as a starting point for lifestyle explorations and as a strategy for well-being. The transcripts of 10 interviews with persons 18 to 33 years old, collected in Sweden, were analysed for variation in the practises and experiences related to this way of using food. An application of the descriptive phenomenological psychological research method guided the process. The young adults were: (1) listening to the body; (2) moderating conditions and feelings; (3) developing vitality and resilience; (4) creating mindful space for rest, and (5) participating in creative activity. The results show how young adults perceive their choice of food and related practises associated with positive feelings and experiences as ways to promote well-being and mitigate different problems in life. The usefulness of knowledge about how young adults try to use food for self-therapy by enhancing mind-body awareness is discussed in relation to health issues and food-related interventions.

Authors/Creators:Von Essen, Elisabeth and Mårtensson, Fredrika
Title:Young adults' use of food as a self-therapeutic intervention
Series/Journal:International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being (1748-2623)
Year of publishing :15 April 2014
Volume:9
Page range:1-9
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:Co-Action publishing
ISSN:1748-2623
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X38 Human medicine, health, and safety
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 501 Psychology > Applied Psychology
Agrovoc terms:diet, feeding preferences, mental health, psychological factors
Keywords:Emotions, lived body experience, nature, organic food, positive psychology, resilience, restoration, stress, vegetarianism
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2159
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2159
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000334590000001
DOI10.3402/qhw.v9.23000
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ID Code:11517
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Oct 2014 09:33
Metadata Last Modified:30 Mar 2015 11:13

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