Making sense of the delegitimation experiences of people suffering from indoor air problems in their homes

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Seppala , T , Finell , E & Kaikkonen , S 2022 , ' Making sense of the delegitimation experiences of people suffering from indoor air problems in their homes ' , International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being , vol. 17 , no. 1 , 2075533 . https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2022.2075533

Title: Making sense of the delegitimation experiences of people suffering from indoor air problems in their homes
Author: Seppala, Tuija; Finell, Eerika; Kaikkonen, Suvi
Contributor organization: University of Helsinki
Doctoral Programme in Language Studies
Date: 2022-12-31
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
ISSN: 1748-2623
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2022.2075533
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/346724
Abstract: Purpose Little is known about the delegitimation experiences of people who associate their health problems with the indoor air quality of their homes (i.e., indoor air sufferers). From other contexts, it is known that people suffering from contested illnesses frequently report delegitimation from authorities and laypersons. Therefore, we analysed delegitimation experiences among indoor air sufferers, focusing on how they explain why others delegitimize them. Method Two types of qualitative data-semi-structured interviews with eight people and essays written by 28 people-were subjected to a thematic analysis. Results Thematic analysis revealed three themes: 1) lack of understanding; 2) others' lack of morality; and 3) social discrimination and inequality. Conclusion This study demonstrates that indoor air sufferers are vulnerable as individuals and as a group, and suggests that authorities working with people suffering from indoor air problems in homes must pay more attention to sufferers' ability/willingness to trust people and the system responsible for their care.
Subject: Delegitimation
experience
illness
indoor air problems
making sense
thematic analysis
INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
ILLNESS EXPERIENCE
HOUSING QUALITY
BACK-PAIN
STIGMA
ATTRIBUTION
INJUSTICE
SYMPTOMS
DAMPNESS
HEALTH
3141 Health care science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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