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”Vi kanske glömde ställa frågan till killarna…”- Skolkurativt stöd till killar med självskadebeteende: Definition, problembild och förståelse
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“Perhaps we forgot to ask boys the question…” – School counsellor support for boys who harm themselves: Definition, view of the issue and knowledge (English)
Abstract [en]

The main purpose for this study was to examine how boys with destructive and self-harming behaviour are perceived and comprehended by school counsellors and literature. The study assessed how boys who harm themselves are defined both in practice and in theory by using a social constructivist point of view and a gender perspective. The study was divided in two parts concerning gathering knowledge of the matter. The authors, using a method called qualitative semi-structured interviews, interviewed nine school counsellors. To acquire scientific knowledge, the authors implemented a literature review and researched books and journal articles regarding boys who self-harm. An essential discovery is that boys, who self-harm, have a tendency to be overlooked and excluded from the issue. This is mainly depending on how these boys often express their feelings by acting out their emotions in a physical manner. It is socially acceptable for boys to be extroverted, to be louder and use bigger gestures while girls are introvert and emotional human beings. This is depending on social expectations on each gender and the qualities and behaviour that are associated with being either male or female.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
Self-harm, mental illness, self-harming among boys, school counsellor, gender-perspective, social constructivism, definition, gender, masculinity, femininity
Keyword [sv]
Självskadebeteende, psykisk ohälsa, självskadebeteende bland killar, skolkurator, genusperspektiv, socialkonstruktionism, definition, könsroller, maskulinitet, femininitet
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35506OAI: diva2:728023
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2014-06-24Bibliographically approved

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