Vårdande i kärlek: Kärleken går i strumpor

G4 Doktorsavhandling (monografi)

Interna författare/redaktörer

Publikationens författare: Ritva Römer
Förläggare: Åbo Akademi University Press
Förlagsort: Åbo
Publiceringsår: 2019
Antal sidor: 218
ISBN: 978-951-765-938-3
eISBN: 978-951-765-939-0



Ritva Römer, 2019. Caring in love – Love tiptoes gently

Supervisors: PhD, Professor emerita Katie Eriksson and PhD, Associate Professor
Carola Wärnå-Furu, Department of Caring Science, Faculty of Education and Welfare
Studies, Åbo Academy University, Vasa

Caring has been formed by its long history and tradition, which can be seen in the basic
values and foundational ideas of caring. The overall aim of the study is to deepen the
understanding of the inner essence and idea of caring through exposing how this is
expressed in the beginning of education of nurses in Kaiserswerth Deaconess Institute in
Germany during the first half of the 19th century. The overarching question is: How is the
essence and the idea of caring expressed in the beginning of education of nurses during
the first half of the 19th century in Kaiserswerth Deaconess Institute? Two underlying
questions in relation to the overarching question are: What is the content and the
foundation of the idea? What is the meaning of the words?

The theoretical perspective of the study is caring science as it is outlined in the tradition of
caring science that is developed in Department of Caring Science in Åbo Academy
University in Finland and rests on the theory of caritative caring. The study is basic
research and it orientates in the history of ideas and philology with a hermeneutical
approach. The thesis is a monograph.

The material has been collected in the archives of Kaiserswerth Deaconess Institute. The
material consists of approximately 2000 pages of text. The texts have been analyzed with
a focus on the ideas of caring and the content and foundation of these ideas, and they
have been interpreted in accordance with the hermeneutical interpretation which aims at
understanding. The ideas of the early caring and the inner order of these ideas have then
been reflected against the thesis’s core of theory. This has led to six summarizing claims
and a new overall understanding of the essence of caring.

The result shows that caring can be described as an expression of love and compassion
where the unselfish essence of love obligates and gives birth to responsibility. Caring as
an ethical expression of love builds on the tradition of caring and gives caring its nobility
and distinctive character and requires a deeper inner conviction and understanding of the
ethos and spirit of caring. This deep understanding leads to inner formation and to the
identity of a professional caring-person, of the caritative caregiver, and gives the caregiver
strength to fulfill his task as a caregiver in its full potential. When the ethos of caring –
spirit – leads, the soul obeys and the body serves in the caritative act, caring is realized in
its deepest meaning and also fulfills its mission in the society to guard human value and

Keywords: love, altruism, calling, formation, caring, caritative theory of caring,


altruism, calling, Caring, caritative theory of caring, formation, Hermeneutics, love

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