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”Att må bra, det kan man ta senare…”: En studie om ungdomars syn på psykisk hälsa
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Feeling good can wait…” : A study regarding youths’ thoughts on mental health (English)
Abstract [sv]

Studiens syfte var att undersöka hur ungdomar resonerar kring psykisk hälsa och ohälsa och hur de främjar sin psykiska hälsa. Deras svar analyserades utifrån ett könsteoretiskt perspektiv. Vår studie har genomförts med en kvalitativ ansats och data har samlats in med hjälp av fokusgruppsintervjuer. Bearbetningen av resultatet skedde genom en induktiv innehållsanalys med inspiration av hermeneutiken. Psykisk hälsa är något som ungdomarna beskriver att de gör, känner, främjar och väljer bort. Psykisk hälsa kan också ses som en avsaknad av psykisk ohälsa. Skolan ansågs vara en institution som påverkade deras hälsa i en stor omfattning. Psykisk ohälsa hos kvinnor fokuseras ofta i media och ungdomarnas sätt att resonera kring begreppet speglar detta. Tjejer ansågs av ungdomarna vara de som lider mest av samhällets stereotypa könsroller och skönhetsideal. Tjejers psykiska ohälsa ansågs av ungdomarna ha ett direkt samband med hur de hanterar skönhetsidealen i samhället. Ungdomarnas sätt att resonera speglar de tankar om jämställdhet som råder i samhället, det vill säga att tjejer och killar är relativt jämställda idag, och den komplexitet och de orättvisor som omger genusfrågan.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study was to examine how young adults reason about mental health and mental illness and what they do to promote their own mental health. Their answers were then analyzed from a gender theoretical perspective. The study has been accomplished through a qualitative research method in the form of focus group interviews with young adults. The analysis of the collected data was done through inductive approach with inspiration from the hermeneutic methodology. The young adults in the study thought of mental health as something a person can feel, do and promote, and something that doesn’t have to prioritized if they don’t want to. School as an institution was seen as one of the major things that influenced their mental health. Women’s mental health is often what is highlighted in the media and the young adults way of reasoning about mental health seemed to be influenced by this fact. The young adults thought that young women were the ones suffering the most from society’s stereotypical gender roles. The health of young women was thought of as having a direct connection to how they handled society’s beauty standards. The young adults’ way of reasoning reflected the ideas that exist in society today regarding gender equality in that men and women are relatively equal. The young adults also have knowledge about the complexity of problems that are associated with gender equality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Youth, mental illness, mental health, gender theory perspective
Keyword [sv]
Ungdomar, psykisk ohälsa, psykisk hälsa, könsteoretiskt perspektiv
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38406OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38406DiVA: diva2:871744
Subject / course
Socialt arbete
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2015-11-19 Created: 2015-11-16 Last updated: 2015-11-19Bibliographically approved

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