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Sociala medier - en påverkande faktor på identitetsutveckling och psykiskt välbefinnande: En kvalitativ studie om unga kvinnors uppfattningar och erfarenheter av sociala medier
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.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Social Media – a factor that affect identitydevelopment and psychological well-being : A qualitative study of young women's opinions and experiences of Social Media (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka och uppmärksamma unga kvinnors uppfattningar och erfarenheter avseende hur sociala medier påverkar deras identitetsutveckling och psykiska välbefinnande. Det är en kvalitativ studie baserad på två fokusgrupper med tre högskole- och universitetsstuderande kvinnor, i åldern 18 - 25. Det genomfördes även en individuell intervju med en professionell som är verksam på en stödmottagning för psykisk ohälsa. Den teoretiska utgångspunkten i analysen är symbolisk interaktionism, social interaktion, stigma och skam. Kvinnorna upplever att sociala medier har positiv och negativ inverkan på deras identitetsutveckling och psykiska välbefinnande. Kvinnorna upplever att sociala medier ökar en medvetenhet om skönhetsideal, att en större omfattning av människor kan döma ens egen presentation av en själv samt att stress och negativ självbild kan försämra det psykiska välbefinnandet och påverka identitetsutvecklingen.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to examine and highlight young women’s opinions and experiences of how Social Media affect their identity development and psychological well-being. It’s a qualitative study based on two focus groups, including three women in each group who studies on an academic level and are in the ages 18-25. One individual interview was also conducted with a professional, who works at a support clinic for mental illness amongst youth. The theoretical basis of the analysis is symbolic interactionism, social interaction, stigma and shame. The study is based on a symbolic interactionist perspective which highlights social interaction, stigma and shame. According to the women, Social Media can have both positive and negative impact on their identity development and psychological well-being. The women experiencing that Social Media increases users’ awareness of beauty standards; others judgement of one others’ presentation of themselves; stress caused by constant availability and exposure of information. The study shows that stress and a negative self-image can decrease the psychological well-being and affect the identity development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Media, identity, psychological well-being
Keyword [sv]
Sociala medier, identitet, psykiskt välbefinnande
National Category
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41990OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41990DiVA: diva2:927106
Subject / course
Socialt arbete
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-05-11 Last updated: 2016-08-09Bibliographically approved

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