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Individens upplevelse av att leva med självskadande beteende: En retrospektiv litteraturstudie
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The individual's experience of living with self-harm : A retrospective study of literature (English)
Abstract [en]

Self-harm is common among young people in Sweden. Therefore people who work with these young people need to have knowledge about self-harm to be able to provide the right help. The aim of this study was to investigate how the individual experience self-harm, and how this could be understood. The empirical material has been based on consisted of 28 life stories. 24 of them were written by women and 4 by men. These stories were processed by a qualitative content analysis. The results showed that most of the individuals who self-harm experiences that they hate and criticize themselves, and they also feel different from others. Their destructive behavior becomes a part of themselves which results in that they can identify themselves as people who self-harm. Most of the individuals identify themselves both as sick and healthy. The results also shows that the individuals experiences a feeling of no one understanding them and that they have difficulties to identify themselves with others, which can result in isolation and searching for others who self-harm. The majority of the individuals hides their behavior because they feel ashamed, scared or want to protect their environment. To hide the behavior they play roles or keep up a front. The environments reaction to people who self-harm is fear, disgust or misunderstanding.

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Keyword [en]
Self-harm, self mutilation, destructive behavior, self perception, identity
Keyword [sv]
Självskadebeteende, självskadandebeteende, identitet, självuppfattning, självskadande.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44001OAI: diva2:819498
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-10 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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