Intacting Integrity in coping with health issues: Coping with health is coping with integrity

Stine Leegaard Jepsen, Lene Bastrup Jørgensen, Bengt Fridlund, Judith Holton

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The aim of this study was to develop a formal substantive theory (FST) on the multidimensional behavioral process of coping with health issues. Intacting integrity while coping with health issues emerged as the core category of this FST. People facing health issues strive to safeguard and keep intact their integrity not only on an individual level but also as members of a group or a system. This intacting process is executed by attunement, continuously minimizing the discrepancy between personal values, personal health, self-expectations and external conditions as health- and cultural-related recommendations and demands. Multifaceted coping strategies are available and used as implements in the attuning process.
TidsskriftThe Grounded Theory Review
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)10-25
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2017


  • Sundhed, ernæring og livskvalitet
  • Sygdom, sundhedsvidenskab og sygepleje
  • Coping af sygdom
  • Integritet
  • Socialt arbejde og sociale forhold