Original ArticlesInner Strength as Identified in Narratives of Elderly Women A Focus Group Interview StudyBoman, Erika MSc, RNT; Häggblom, Anette PhD, RNT; Lundman, Berit PhD, RN; Nygren, Björn PhD, RNT; Fischer, Regina Santamaki PhD, RNAuthor Information Åland University of Applied Sciences, Mariehamn, Finland (Mrs Boman and Drs Häggblom and Fischer); and Department of Nursing, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden (Mrs Boman and Drs Lundman, Nygren, and Fischer). Correspondence: Erika Boman, MSc, RNT, Åland University of Applied Sciences, Pb1010, AX 22111 Mariehamn, Finland (firstname.lastname@example.org). Funding was provided by King Gustaf V och Drottning Victoria's Foundation; Åland University of Applied Sciences; Åland Self-Board's 75th Anniversary Fund; Åland Cultural Foundation for Medical Research; and Åland Society of Nursing. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: January/March 2015 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 7-19 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000057 Buy Metrics Abstract 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. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.