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Upplevelser av att växa upp med en förälder med alkoholmissbruk: ”Jag kände mig bortvald, inte behövd, inte älskad. Det är sånt som fortfarande sitter kvar än idag” : En kvalitativ studie om unga vuxna barn till alkoholister
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Experiences of growing up with a parent with alcohol abuse : I felt discouraged, not needed, not loved and the memories still appear time by time” : A qualitative study of young adult children of alcoholics (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study was to create an increased knowledge and understanding of young adults’ experiences from growing up as a child in a family with alcohol abuse, as well as studying long-term consequences of this. In the study five qualitative interviews were conducted, with young adults who grew up with a parent who abused alcohol. The results of the study were analyzed by Bronfenbrenner's developmental ecological model, as well as by the theoretical concepts risk, protective factors and resilience. Results and conclusions showed, that all informants experienced negative consequences during childhood and in adult life, due to the parent’s abuse. The families of the informants were characterized by an abnormal use of alcohol during their childhood, which led to a high level of conflict, lack of relationships, a major responsibility at home for the informants, negative health effects and school difficulties. The young adults stated, that they are living a good life today, but that childhood has made its mark in their minds. The informants narrated experienced health problems, difficulties with feeling trust and expressing how they feel as well as a lack of relation to the parent with addiction.

Abstract [sv]

Studiens syfte var att skapa en ökad kunskap och förståelse för unga vuxnas erfarenheter att som barn växa upp i en familj med alkoholmissbruk, samt att studera långtidskonsekvenser av detta. I studien genomfördes fem kvalitativa intervjuer med unga vuxna, som vuxit upp med en förälder som missbrukat alkohol. Studiens resultat analyserades genom Bronfenbrenners utvecklingsekologiska modell samt begreppen risk- och skyddsfaktorer och resiliens. Resultat och slutsatser visade att samtliga informanter upplevt negativa konsekvenser under barndomen och i det vuxna livet, till följd av förälderns missbruk. Informanternas familjer karaktäriserades under uppväxten av ett onormalt bruk av alkohol, vilket medförde en hög konfliktnivå, bristande relationer, ett stort ansvarstagande hemma för informanterna, negativa hälsoeffekter och skolsvårigheter. De unga vuxna uppgav att de idag lever ett bra liv, men att barndomen har satt sina spår. Informanterna berättade om upplevda hälsoproblem, svårigheter med tillit och att uttrycka känslor samt en bristande relation till föräldern med missbruk.

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2017. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcohol abuse, young adult children to alcoholics, consequences, consequences in adulthood
Keyword [sv]
Alkoholmissbruk, unga vuxna barn till alkoholister, konsekvenser, konsekvenser i vuxenlivet
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24223OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-24223DiVA: diva2:1109729
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Social work
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Social work
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Available from: 2017-06-15 Created: 2017-06-14 Last updated: 2017-06-18Bibliographically approved

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