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Life experiences of young adults with a chronic illness: an analyses of Crohn’s disease and colitis Matthes, Glenn E.


What is the experience like for young adults living with Crohn's disease or colitis? This question provided the focus for interviews and written narratives of 10 participants in a study exploring the perceptions of, responses to, and management of the life experience of living with an illness. Qualitative approaches to research, involving phenomenological principles, guided the study. A synopsis of each individual participant’s interview and written narrative comprise a large part of the body of the thesis. Eight themes, established from the interviews and written narratives of all participants, describe the essence of the phenomenon.

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