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Att umgås eller inte umgås, det är frågan!: Socialt umgänge och utveckling hos människor med psykosdiagnos
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To be social or not social, that is the question! : Social relationships and improvement of people with diagnosed psychosis (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: A common view about people with diagnosed psychosis is that they are socially withdrawn and that they neither cope nor want to engage in social relationships. Newly published specialist books on this subject also support this view.

Aims: To unveil further dimensions of the phenomena by explorative analyzing consumers’ own depictions about their ”social relationships".

Method: The material is taken from a larger study that followed consumers regularly during a lapse of 3 years. Within this material 15 interviews from three respondents were chosen, a selection which gives maximal spreading concerning age, sex and background. The interviews where analyzed by methods based on Grounded Theory.

Results: Three main dimensions were identified: supportive relationships, difficulties and social withdrawal. The individual’s process of improvement emerged as the core category throughout these factors.

Conclusion: This study suggests that the experience of psychosis can be a part of the individual improvement process. In this process the person’s social relationships interacting with various other components – all linked together by one central aspect, the person’s self-image. A conclusion from this study is that social withdrawal can be seen as a symptom but also as a conscious choice that can support the improvement process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
recovery, social relationships, psychosis, improvement
Keyword [sv]
återhämtning, sociala relationer, psykos, utveckling
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55197OAI: diva2:401846
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-03-07 Created: 2011-03-04 Last updated: 2011-03-07Bibliographically approved

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