This qualitative nursing research study used a hermeneutic phenomenological perspective to discover meaning in urban-based American Indian adolescents' experiences living with Type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study was to understand what it meant for urban-based American Indian adolescents to live with and experience Type 2 diabetes. The study used phenomenologic unstructured interviews to describe and represent the adolescent's voice and experiences of living with the disease in an urban community.
The study was guided by Max Van Manen's methodology for phenomenological research. This method entailed turning to the phenomenon of interest, then, inquiring and investigating the experience as it was lived rather than as it was conceptualized. The study reflected and analyzed essential themes that characterized the phenomenon of living with Type 2 diabetes and presented the phenomenon through the art of writing and re-writing.
Data collection involved in-depth, in-person interviews with analysis of the resulting transcripts. Adolescents in this study described connections with the American Indian culture, past and present family members, and the pragmatic details of living each day with the disease. Essential themes of the adolescents' experiences were found in the lifeworld areas of relationality and temporality, followed by incidental themes in the areas of corporeality and spatiality.
The study findings illuminated the participants' personal meanings and validated the phenomenological research process. A preliminary conceptual model based on the lifeworld categories for understanding adolescents' experiences was proposed and had implications for education, research, and practice, supporting continued inquiry.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. June 2011. Major: Nursing. Advisor: Linda Bearinger, PhD.; 1 computer file (PDF); x, 160 pages, appendices A-C.
Martin, Lisa C..
The lived experience of Type 2 diabetes in urban-based American Indian adolescents..
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