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Vem har med det att göra? En kvantitativ studie om ungdomars föreställningar om psykisk ohälsa

Strömerstén, Emma LU and Rundquist, Carla LU (2014) SOPA63 20132
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of our study has been to investigate high school students conceptions about mental illness. We wanted to find different opinions about mental illness among youths: how they experience talking to others about it as well as who they choose to talk about mental illness with. We also wanted to investigate if there was any stigma around mental illness among youths and if there is a difference due to gender. Theoretical constructs such as stigma, norms and normality, as well as the construct safe base from attachment theory, are used in the paper. The study is based on surveys with 80 respondents, all of which are currently studying their last year in high school. The results of our study show that the majority of the youths who... (More)
The aim of our study has been to investigate high school students conceptions about mental illness. We wanted to find different opinions about mental illness among youths: how they experience talking to others about it as well as who they choose to talk about mental illness with. We also wanted to investigate if there was any stigma around mental illness among youths and if there is a difference due to gender. Theoretical constructs such as stigma, norms and normality, as well as the construct safe base from attachment theory, are used in the paper. The study is based on surveys with 80 respondents, all of which are currently studying their last year in high school. The results of our study show that the majority of the youths who participated in the study have experienced mental illness during the last six months, and that mothers have a central role regarding who you talk to about mental illness. Relationships with friends and other family members are highlighted and the results show that there is a significant difference in who the youths feel they can turn to. A minority of the youths experience mental illness as disgraceful in relationship to friends and family, even though few of them had chosen to seek professional help. The results can therefore be interpreted as indicating that there is a stigma around talking to outsiders about your mental health. (Less)
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Strömerstén, Emma LU and Rundquist, Carla LU
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SOPA63 20132
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
youth, mental illness, relationships, stigma, norms and normality, safe base.
language
Swedish
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4360540
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2014-03-28 16:14:58
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  abstract     = {The aim of our study has been to investigate high school students conceptions about mental illness. We wanted to find different opinions about mental illness among youths: how they experience talking to others about it as well as who they choose to talk about mental illness with. We also wanted to investigate if there was any stigma around mental illness among youths and if there is a difference due to gender. Theoretical constructs such as stigma, norms and normality, as well as the construct safe base from attachment theory, are used in the paper. The study is based on surveys with 80 respondents, all of which are currently studying their last year in high school. The results of our study show that the majority of the youths who participated in the study have experienced mental illness during the last six months, and that mothers have a central role regarding who you talk to about mental illness. Relationships with friends and other family members are highlighted and the results show that there is a significant difference in who the youths feel they can turn to. A minority of the youths experience mental illness as disgraceful in relationship to friends and family, even though few of them had chosen to seek professional help. The results can therefore be interpreted as indicating that there is a stigma around talking to outsiders about your mental health.},
  author       = {Strömerstén, Emma and Rundquist, Carla},
  keyword      = {youth,mental illness,relationships,stigma,norms and normality,safe base.},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Vem har med det att göra? En kvantitativ studie om ungdomars föreställningar om psykisk ohälsa},
  year         = {2014},
}