Individens upplevelse av att leva med självskadande beteende: En retrospektiv litteraturstudie
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)
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Self-harm, self mutilation, destructive behavior, self perception, identity
Självskadebeteende, självskadandebeteende, identitet, självuppfattning, självskadande.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-44001DiVA: diva2:819498
Subject / course
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Gustafsson, Kristina, Lektor