AMERICAN JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Lived Experiences of People Who Have Diabetes

Fabiana Memmolo 1 * , Martin Willis 1

AM J QUALITATIVE RES, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 89-112

https://doi.org/10.29333/ajqr/13138

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Abstract

This study investigated the role of positive emotions, namely hope, in a sample of participants who have diabetes. A sample of five people with diabetes type 1 or 2 was interviewed to investigate their lived experiences in managing this chronic condition. Four superordinate themes were extracted: behavioral changes to manage a demanding disease, cognitive skills, and lifestyle, emotional reactions, hope, and a vision for the future. This study highlights that retaining hope is essential for envisioning the possibility of improvement of health conditions and a better quality of life. Furthermore, self-responsibility and cognitive agility are fundamental to managing diabetes and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Keywords: Positive emotions, hope, future, behavioral skills, chronic illness.

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