Évf. 13 (2021): Konferencia Különszám
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Revealing the Concept of Aging in Turkish Nursing Students: An Exploratory Metaphor Analysis

Megjelent december 29, 2021
Emel Bahadir Yilmaz
Assoc. Prof. ,Giresun University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Turkey
Arzu Yüksel
Assoc. Prof. Aksaray University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Turkey
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Yilmaz, E. B., & Yüksel, A. (2021). Revealing the Concept of Aging in Turkish Nursing Students: An Exploratory Metaphor Analysis. Magyar Gerontológia, 13(Különszám), 51–52. https://doi.org/10.47225/mg/13/Különszám/10586

Purpose:
This study aimed to reveal the perceptions of nursing students about the concept of aging through metaphors.

Methods:
The study was carried out in a qualitative research design. The study sample consisted of 104 senior nursing students at Aksaray University in the 2021-2022 academic year. In the study, "Metaphoric Perceptions Data Collection Form", which was prepared by the researchers in line with the literature, was used as a data collection tool. In order to collect the data, each student was asked to fill in the blanks of the sentence: "Aging is like … because …" .
The analysis of the data was carried out in five stages: (1) Coding and sorting phase, (2) Sample metaphor image compilation phase, (3) Main theme and sub-themes development phase, (4) The stage of ensuring validity and reliability, and (5) Transferring the data to the computer environment.

Results:
Students produced a total of 102 valid metaphors for the concept of aging. The metaphors revealed the students' perceptions of the concept of aging, and four main themes and 11 sub-themes were collected. The main themes were aging as an ending story, as a need for care, attention, and support, as a new beginning, and as a source of life. Sub-themes were acceptance, no turning back, approaching the end, deprivation, helplessness, being dependent, rooting, starting, guiding, being a building block, and being valued.

Conclusion:
Nursing students' metaphors about aging are generally negative, but also contain expressions of respect.