Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(12), pp. 1733-1737, December 2011         
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Self, self-care and self-management concepts: implications for self-management education 

1Folorunso Dipo Omisakin and 2Busisiwe Purity Ncama

1School of Nursing, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Durban 4041,

South Africa.

2Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Durban 4041,

*Corresponding Author E-mail:; Tel: +27735836337

Received 30 October, 2011; Accepted 24 November, 2011


Principles imply fundamental truths upon which rest knowledge, learning, and teaching. Knowledge and principles are memorialized by and disseminated through words. The denotative word meanings must be agreed upon in order that principles and knowledge can be formally written and spoken so that, the structure of scientific information can be built. The terms self-concept, self-care, self-management are significant in that they are foundational stones in the structure of self-management education. To illustrate some of the confusion related to them, randomly selected definitions from literature are presented for the sake of delineation.  The purpose of this paper is to examine the concepts: self, self-care and self-management; an attempt to reach a better understanding of the interplay between these concepts in the self-management education process.   


Keywords: Self, self-care, self-management, education.


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