Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The ra roller coaster: A grounded theory study of how young adult women experience life with rheumatoid arthritis
by Louis, Ashleigh C., Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 198; 3612596
Abstract (Summary)

The present study utilized the microanalysis techniques for grounded theory described by Strauss and Corbin (1998) to better understand the lived experience of having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a young adult woman. The sample consisted of eight women between the ages of 25-36, each of which participated in a 60-90 minute telephone interview that explored how they feel, think, and behave in terms of their RA. A theory emerged from the data that reflected the process of moving from diagnosis to acceptance for the participants. This process was described as being akin to a roller coaster because of the myriad of ups and downs associated with the RA experience. The findings from this study may help to inform the understanding of how young adults experience life in terms of their RA and, therefore, has potentially positive implications for other young adults with RA as well as their health care professionals, family, and friends.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sailor, Joanni
Commitee: Husenits, Kimberely, Pinnow, Eleni
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Health sciences, Psychology
Keywords: Autoimmune disorder, Chronic illness, Pain, Rheumatoid arthritis, Social support, Young adult
Publication Number: 3612596
ISBN: 978-1-303-74327-6
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