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Stress och genusspecifika mönster bland ungdomar: En kvalitativ studie utifrån professionella aktörers upplevelser och erfarenheter av ungdomars stress
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Stressand gender-specific patterns among adolescents : A study by the professionalparticipants experiences of adolescent stress (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to understand professionals’ perceptions and experiences of adolescent stress. In the study I interested myself further if you can identify gender-specific patterns in the professional stories about young people's stress and stress related illness. Five interviews were conducted with professionals in psychiatry and social work. The thesis took its incipience in social constructionism. Although a gender perspective has been used to better analyze and understand the difference between gender. Theories used to understand the professionals’ experiences of adolescent stress were the SOC theory, the network perspective and the demand-control-support model. The study has been performed from a qualitative method in the shape of semi-structural interviews. The result of the study showed that the professionals’ feel that the causes of stress among young people can be external and internal demands. Higher demands are often placed on girls, which can be a cause for girls’ high stress level.  Also social media and technology can cause stress. The professionals also felt that personality determines how susceptible a youth is to stress. Insomnia, anxiety and depression are symptoms that express itself in both gender, but are most common among girls. Yet another reason why boys did not seem to be as stressful as girls, may have to do with the boys' stress symptoms manifest themselves in a different way than in girls. The professionals' treatment of adolescent stress was mainly on therapy and to help them get structure in their life and existence. It was also important to look at the social network that exist around the person. There was no method for precisely tapered stress. The study showed no differences according to gender in the attitude or treatment of stress. It also appeared that stress may be both genetically and socially determined, but that is still a question with no certain answer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Stress, adolescent, gender, professionals’ experiences
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28330OAI: diva2:642337
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
2013-06-05, 08:00
Available from: 2013-08-21 Created: 2013-08-21 Last updated: 2013-08-21Bibliographically approved

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