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Suvi-Maria  Saarelainen

Suvi-Maria Saarelainen

Deputy Head of School

Associate Professor

ThD Suvi-Maria Saarelainen, Practical Theology, Psychology of Religion, Meaning in Life, Crises, COVID, Coping, Emerging Adulthood, Old Age, Palliative care & End-of-Life Care, Spirituality in Nursing, Qualitative & Narrative studies,...

School of Theology, Philosophical Faculty | +358 50 467 6975

My research interest is focused on the experience of meaning during/in life changes and transitions of life. My doctoral thesis focused on how emerging adults with cancer appraised their life as meaningful. In addition, I was interested to study the role of spirituality in the coping process. During the post doctoral phase, I am studying meaning in life among the elderly; furthermore, I am scrutinizing how they see gerontechonlgy as part of their care. In our Meaningful Relations -project, the focus is in the experiences of patients and carers going through palliative care at home.

While working as a post doc at the department of applied psychology, Univ. of Huddersfield, UK, I worked in two (ongoing) project. In the first project we are analysing the dyadic interviews of patient and carer during the end-of-life care. Second, we launched a new project focusing on well-being of the post graduate students (PGR).

Visual research methods I found very intriguing. In all of my studies, I have employed visual elements.


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