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Unga vuxnas upplevelse av att leva med typ 1-diabetes
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Young adults' experiences of living with type 1-diabetes (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Type 1-diabetes is a chronic disease associated with severe complications, requiring constant preventive control. For young adults who are in a phase of life which is characterized by increasing independence, it can be difficult to deal with all the requirements the disease causes, which can contribute to poor diabetes control. From a nursing perspective, there is a need for more knowledge on the experiences of young adults with diabetes type 1.

Aim: To illuminate young adults' experiences of living with type 1-diabetes.

Method: This study was a literature-based study, based on a total of ten scientific articles with either a qualitative or quantitative design.

Result: The analysis resulted in three main themes and seven subthemes. The first main theme was The constant threat of the body associated with fear of hypoglycemia, complications and increased responsibility. The second main theme was Constantly trying to be normal, including endeavors to maintain a normal identity despite disease and lack of understanding from others. The third main theme was Seeking security, including support from friends to find security and finding safety in themselves.

Conclusion: Young adults had a great need to feel like everyone else. They sometimes faced a lack of social understanding, but also experienced good support in friends and family. Many found resources within themselves to cope with stressful situations and life thereby became comprehensible, manageable and meaningful. However, some also had difficulties managing their disease. By gaining awareness of how young adults with type 1-diabetes experience living with their disease, the supportive role of the nurse can be further developed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
emerging adults, experience, transition, type 1-diabetes, young adults
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12398Local ID: EXO501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12398DiVA, id: diva2:1211645
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Nursing science
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Available from: 2018-05-31 Created: 2018-05-31 Last updated: 2018-05-31Bibliographically approved

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