Att möta de osynliga: En kvalitativ studie om killar med självskadebeteende
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To meet the invisible population : A qualitative study of men with deliberate self-injury (English)
Author: Madeleine Ahlström and Hanna Puonti
Title: To meet the invisible population - A qualitative study of men with deliberate self-injury [Att möta de osynliga - En kvalitativ studie om killar med självskadebeteende]
Supervisor: Anders Östnäs
Assessor: Jan Petersson
This study aims to provide a picture of the underlying causes why men deliberately hurt themselves. It also aims to provide a picture revolving how men self-harm and what the direct effects are from their self-harm. The study describes their behaviour and how the behaviour has evolved over time. There is also a focus in the study to illustrate how society´s operative approach towards men makes their self-harm invisible, and make them an invisible population that neither the scientists nor the general population chooses to see. Self-injury is strongly associated with girls and their way of harming themselves. Men have been excluded from studies of self-injury, also have there been very few scientists that found them of interest to study.
This is a study with a qualitative approach wich executed eight semi-structured interviews with men who have had a behavior of self-injury. The study takes on a hermeneutic approach to knowledge, to have the possibility to interpret in the analysis of the empirics. To analyse the data we have used a qualitative content analysis according to Graneheim and Lundman (2004). The results has been analysed by Antonovsky´s (2005) KASAM theory.
The study has found that men have a self-injury that is multifaceted. The men in the study use different behaviours to manage various emotional factors that affect them. Deliberate self-injurious behaviours become a coping strategy for the men when they didn’t have other strategies to cope with when their faced difficulties.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 63 p.
Men AND self-harm, self - mutilation, deliberate self- harm and boys, masculinity and self harm, NSSI Non suicidal self-injury
Självskadebeteende AND killar, män AND självskadebeteende, manlighet
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19938OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19938DiVA: diva2:533609
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Östnäs, Anders, Universitetslektor
Petersson, Jan, Professor