'In or Out'-On the Dynamic between Acceptance and Rejection and its Influence on Health in Adolescent Girls
2014 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 22, no 3, 291-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Adolescent girls' subjective health, or well-being, is of international concern as the frequency of psychological and psychosomatic complaints is continuously increasing in several countries world-wide. The causes of this development are still obscure. The aim of this study was to explore well-being and strategies for increased well-being among adolescent girls. Grounded Theory method was used, in which in-depth interviews were held with 18 adolescent girls, 17-18 years of age. Results showed that striving for acceptance and avoiding rejection were central for their well-being. When rejection was experienced, emotions of stress-shame were recognized, a phenomena we call the stress-shame cycle. In the struggle to prevent rejection and to become accepted, the girls strived to boost their social attractiveness by impression management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications India, 2014. Vol. 22, no 3, 291-303 p.
girls, Grounded Theory, health, qualitative, shame, status, stress, teenagers, well-being
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41508DOI: 10.1177/1103308814534043ISI: 000342825600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41508DiVA: diva2:923152