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”Alla är så lyckliga och jag är glad för deras skull.  Men jag dör långsamt inombords”: – en religionspsykologisk textanalys av ungdomars existentiella uttryck på BRIS öppna forum
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During my time spent as a practitioner teacher I experienced that students lack of interest for the studies of religion. Nonetheless, students tend to have questions regarding their identity and existential health, questions that, arguably, could be discussed in the scholar of religion. I wished to see if one could increase the interest in religious studies by understanding the students’s health issues and their ideas of existential health. The psychology of religion aims to answer and reflect upon questions regarding health and the well-being of humans. The aim of current study was to explore how adolescents describe their identity in relationship to existential questions. The following research questions were posed:

 

How do young people express aspects that relate to existential health and identity on the BRIS homepage chat forum?

How can these descriptions be interpreted based on Melder's theory of existential health and Erikson's theory of self-development?

Can the above analysis contribute to increasing the conditions for pupils' perceived relevance and interest in the teaching of religion in high school?

 

The method used to answer these was qualitatively targeted content analysis. The qualitative data was generated from the adolescents different expressions, coded with Open Code 4.03. Data were gathered from a Swedish children’s rights organization, BRIS (Barnens rätt i samhället)chat forum and included posts from adolescents between 12 and 18 years old. The material is posted over 2 months, September-October, 2018. The phenomenon was investigated with the help of Erik H Erikson and Cecilia Melder’s theories. Erikson's theory is used based on his theories on the development of young people and its stages. By applying Melder’s theory I was able to search for aspects and parts of the material that could be understood and explained by some or more of the eight existential aspects that, according to the theory, affect the overall self-valued health a person experiences. The result of this study shows that with the help of Erikson’s theory, we can receive knowledge on how young people develop. With Melder's theory we can show the eight existential aspects of the material to reach a deeper understanding of the health of young people. In conclusion, the study also contributes to a further comprehension in how religious studies can be conducive when trying to understand existential health and ideas of identity among adolescents.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
adolescents, existential health, mental health, identity, Erikson, Melder, psychology of religion, WHO
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-374689OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-374689DiVA, id: diva2:1281681
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Available from: 2019-01-30 Created: 2019-01-23 Last updated: 2019-01-30Bibliographically approved

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