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Mental Health as perceived by Persons with Mental Disorders: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Study
Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Department of Research and Development, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Drammen, Norway.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3452-3761
Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Department of Research and Development, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Drammen, Norway.
Emory University, Department of Sociology, 1555 Dickey Drive, Tarbutton Hall, Atlanta, GA, USA.
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2015 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, ISSN 1462-3730, E-ISSN 2049-8543, Vol. 17, no 4, 215-233 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this interpretative phenomenological analysis study, we explored how persons with mental disorders perceive mental health. Adapting a salutogenic theoretical framework, 12 former inpatients were interviewed. The analysis revealed experiences of mental health as a movement, like walking up and down a staircase. Perceived mental health is expressed both verbally in an everyday language and through body language. Mental health is an aspect of being that is always present and which is nourished by four domains of life: the emotional; physical; social and spiritual domains. Mental health is experienced in everyday life as a sense of energy, and as more or less wellbeing. Exploring persons' meanings of mental health from a subjective perspective can extend the knowledge base that can be used in mental health promotion strategies.

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2015. Vol. 17, no 4, 215-233 p.
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mental health, IPA
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Public health science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7499DOI: 10.1080/14623730.2015.1039329Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84954206924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7499DiVA: diva2:800633
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Published online: 12 May 2015

Available from: 2015-04-07 Created: 2015-04-07 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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