Application of purpose in life and self-sufficient economic philosophy in enhancing the holistic health promotion of Thai adolescents

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Karnsunaphat Balthip
Usanee Petchruschatachart
Siriwan Piriyakoontorn
Naruemon Tiraphat
Pranee Liamputtong

Abstract

This participation action research (PAR) with a technical collaborative approach aimed to develop the model of application of purpose in life and self-sufficient economic philosophy in enhancing the holistic health promotion of Thai adolescents. The participants were selected by purposive sampling method and divided into three groups.  The first group was 40 Thai junior high school students. The data were collected using focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, and journal writing. The second group comprised of 3 teachers. The data were collected using in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. The third group was composed of 24 parents and guardians.  The data were collected using focus group discussions. General information data were analyzed using frequency, percentage and mean. The data for model development were analyzed using the Strauss and Corbin method.

The results showed that the model consisted of 4 steps and the duration of the program took 26 weeks. Firstly, understanding the situation consisted of 3 activities; (1) developing rapport and trust, (2) understanding the perception of three concepts; purpose in life, self-sufficient economic philosophy, and holistic health promotion concept from the participants’ perspective, and (3) understanding the experience of utilizing the three concepts of the participants. Secondly, enhancing understanding of the three concepts which consisted of 3 activities; (1) enhancing understanding of the purpose in life, (2) learning the concept of self-sufficient economic philosophy and, (3) linking purpose in life and self-sufficient economic philosophy concept to holistic health promotion.  Thirdly, applying the three concepts in practice to improve life consisted of 3 activities; (1) designing activities to guide way of living, (2) promoting practice with commitment, and (3) reflection. Lastly, evaluation, in which three consequences were identified in relation to the whole process; (1) being able to apply the three concepts to improve life, (2) improving sense of sharing and altruism, and (3) enhancing feelings of pride and inspiration.

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Balthip, K., Petchruschatachart, U., Piriyakoontorn, S., Tiraphat, N., & Liamputtong, P. (2016). Application of purpose in life and self-sufficient economic philosophy in enhancing the holistic health promotion of Thai adolescents. Songklanagarind Journal of Nursing, 36(3), 111–130. Retrieved from https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/nur-psu/article/view/73415
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