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Psychological functioning in women with fibromyalgia: a grounded theory study
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Mölndal, Sweden.
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Mölndal, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2004 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 25, no 8, p. 702-729Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to elucidate psychological functioning and psychological processes in women with fibromyalgia. Twenty-one females with fibromyalgia (aged 26-72 years) were interviewed in-depth. The interviews were analysed in line with grounded theory. A core concept, "unprotected self," mirroring childhood conditions and adult psychological functioning, was identified. Intense activity or hypomanic helpfulness often was used as self-regulation in adult life. Later an increased exposure to mental load is accompanied by reduction of cognitive functioning and generalised pain. The phase of persistence of fibromyalgia is marked by reduction of cognitive functions, unprotected psychological functioning, and increased mental load as from crisis and somatic symptoms.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2004. Vol. 25, no 8, p. 702-729
Keywords [en]
Activities of Daily Living, Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Aged, Anecdotes, Female, Fibromyalgia, Humans, Middle Aged, Nursing Methodology Research, Quality of Life, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Stress: Psychological, Sweden, Time Factors, Women's Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-520DOI: 10.1080/07399330490475575PubMedID: 15371077Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-4444361350Local ID: 2082/861OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-520DiVA, id: diva2:237699
Available from: 2007-02-15 Created: 2007-02-15 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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