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Att leva ovetandes i det tysta: En fenomenologisk studie om betydelsen av att komma till insikt om sitt medberoende
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Denna studie, “Att leva ovetandes i det tysta”, är skriven av Elin Edman och Elina Hedin och handlar om personer som har varit medberoende. Medberoende är ett omdiskuterat begrepp inom vetenskapen, men har tidigare inte haft så stort fokus i samhället. Istället har fokus legat på exempelvis missbrukare eller psykiskt sjuka, men inte på deras anhöriga som också är drabbade. Syftet med denna studie är att ta reda på om insikten om att vara medberoende, kan få anhöriga att hantera sin livssituation och relationen till den beroende och/eller psykiskt sjuka annorlunda. För att ta reda på detta har fem livsberättelser hållits med personer över 18 år som har varit medberoende till någon med en beroendeproblematik inom alkohol eller narkotika, och/eller till en person med psykisk ohälsa. De två teorier som användes för att förklara resultatet är känslan av sammanhang samt copingteorin. Det resultat studien visade är att insikten om att vara medberoende fick alla informanter att hantera både sin livssituation och relationen med den beroende och/eller psykiskt sjuka annorlunda. Detta kunde bland annat ta sig till uttryck genom att man valde att bryta kontakten med den beroende och/eller psykiskt sjuka, för att förbättra livssituationen, eller ändra sitt eget beteende i syfte att hantera relationen bättre.

Abstract [en]

The present study entitled ”Living in silence without knowledge” presents and analyses the life stories by some persons living in close relations to relatives with drug abuse or mental disorder. The study is drafted by Elin Edman and Elina Hedin. Previously the main interest in society has been focused on the individuals suffering from mental disorders or being dependent on various substances. The particular social situation of co-dependence has in the past been dealt with in certain research studies but only recently become an issue of public discourse, lifting up the distress endured in silence by the e.g. family members and people around the addicts. The present study wanted to investigate whether if and how the understanding of the role of co-dependent facilitated the coping with and improvement of the existing situation. Five persons older than 18 years with experience of living close to an addict and/or mentally ill person were interviewed and asked to tell their life stories. In analyzing the information obtained the two theoretical perspectives of coping and the sense of coherence were taken into account. The present study shows that the participants of this study, by achieving an understanding of their acting as co-dependent and thereby their impact on the situation, made them change their behavior and relation both to the dependent and the social circumstances. In general the changes made, resulted in better life conditions for the whole social group and often real improvements for the victim of co-dependence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
codependent, dependent, mental illness, coping, sense of coherence
Keyword [sv]
medberoende, beroende, psykisk ohälsa, coping, känslan av sammanhang
National Category
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26014DiVA: diva2:781624
Subject / course
Social Work
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2015-01-19 Created: 2015-01-17 Last updated: 2015-01-19Bibliographically approved

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