The fight for 'health-related normality': A qualitative study of the experiences of individuals living with established inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Department of Psychology, Durham University, Durham, England, United Kingdom
Journal of Health Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.22). 06/2005; 10(3):443-55. DOI: 10.1177/1359105305051433
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ABSTRACT This article reports on the experiences of individuals living with IBD and identifies a range of coping strategies used by them. Qualitative data from 15 individual interviews and three focus groups were analysed using a grounded theory approach. The main focus is on the emergent core concept of 'health-related normality'. A theoretical framework is proposed to explain how individuals with IBD assess their health-related normality, their fight to maintain it and their need to retain the appearance of normality to others. It is concluded that individuals maintain their health-related normality along certain time and context sensitive continuums rather than fitting into a distinct typology.

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