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  1. Boman, Erika MSc, RNT
  2. Haggblom, Anette PhD, RNT
  3. Lundman, Berit PhD, RN
  4. Nygren, Bjorn PhD, RNT
  5. Fischer, Regina Santamaki PhD, RN


By identifying sources of inner strength, health care personnel can be given valuable information about elderly people's capacities regardless of frailty. The focus of this interview-based study was to explore how inner strength and its dimensions can be identified in narratives of elderly women. The analysis was based on a theoretical model where inner strength is composed of 4 interacting dimensions of connectedness, creativity, firmness, and flexibility. Our findings add nuance to the notion of inner strength and deepen empirical knowledge about the concept.