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Om yrkesverksammas förståelse av fenomenet sex som självskadehandling: - en kvalitativ studie
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine how professionals, in the field of social work, perceive and describes the phenomenon sex as a way to self-harm. By taking note of how professionals describes the meaning of the phenomenon and its function and examine their beliefs about gender differences, we wish to, with the help of selected theories, seek understanding of the phenomenon.


In our research for previous studies, we noticed the lack of scientific research, which made us curious about the phenomenon and wanted to seek for a better understanding. The study was conducted through a qualitative method based on a survey constituted by open questions. The survey was filled by different professionals that are working in the field of social work.


The conclusion of our study shows that the phenomenon is very complex and there are many different causes and aims to self-harm by using sex. The study also showed that the professionals that participated in this study had some beliefs about gender differences linked to the phenomenon. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Self-harm, sex as self-harm, difference between sex, gender, social constructivism, copingstrategy, social work
Keyword [sv]
Självskadehandling, sex som självskada, sociala konstruktioner, könsskillnader, genus, copingstrategi, socialt arbete
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54423OAI: diva2:945147
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2016-07-01 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-07-01Bibliographically approved

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