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"Att sitta i samma båt": En fenomenologisk studie om socialt stöd i en självhjälpsgrupp för ångest
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"To be in the same boat" : A phenomenological study of social support in a self-help group for anxiety (English)
Abstract [sv]

Psykisk ohälsa är ett växande folkhälsoproblem och individer med ångestsyndrom står för en stor del av den ökningen. Det finns en stor risk att människor med ångest upplever stigmatisering. Svenska ÅngestSyndromSällskapet (ÅSS) är en förening som riktar sig till individer med ångest och de erbjuder bland annat självhjälpsgrupper till sina medlemmar. Denna kvalitativa, fenomenologiska studie syftade till att undersöka hur det sociala stöd som ges i en sådan självhjälpsgrupp upplevs av de som medverkar. Med socialt stöd och social identitet som teoretiska utgångspunkter intervjuades elva respondenter, som alla var med i självhjälpsgrupper runt om i Sverige, angående tillhörighet till gruppen och det stöd de upplevde sig få av den. I analysen av insamlad data utkristalliserades följande fyra teman: Att sitta i samma båt, Att få vara en del av, Att få bli sedd och Att hjälpa andra. Resultatet visade tydligt att samtliga respondenter upplevde att de identifierade sig med självhjälpsgruppen och att de fick stöd av den. Slutsatsen blir att självhjälpsgrupper har en positiv inverkan på individer med ångest och att det stöd de upplever hjälper dem att hantera sin ångest.

Abstract [en]

In the modern society, mental illness is a growing health problem and people with anxiety disorders account for a large part of this increase. There is a major risk that people with anxiety disorders experience stigma. Swedish Anxiety Disorder Association (ÅSS) is an organization that caters specifically to people with anxiety and they, among other things, provide self-help groups for their members. This qualitative, phenomenological study aimed to investigate how the social support that can be received in such a self-help group, is experienced by those involved in it. With social support and social identity as theoretical framework eleven respondents were interviewed, who all were members of different located self-help groups in Sweden, regarding the membership of the group and the support they felt they received. The four following themes were created in the analysis of the collected data: To be in the same boat, To be a part of, To be seen and To help others. The results showed that all respondents felt that they could identify themselves with the self-help group and that they benefited great social support from it. The conclusion of the study is that self-help groups have a positive impact on people with anxiety, and that the received support can help individuals to manage their anxiety.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
anxiety, stigma, self-help group, social support, social identity
Keyword [sv]
ångest, stigma, självhjälpsgrupp, socialt stöd, social identitet
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Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11184OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-11184DiVA: diva2:824238
Subject / course
Social Psychology
Educational program
Social Psychology - Study Programme
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Available from: 2015-09-08 Created: 2015-06-21 Last updated: 2015-09-08Bibliographically approved

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