"My greatest dream is to be normal": the impact of gender on depression narratives of young Swedish women and men
2011 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 21, no 5, 612-624 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Depression is common among young people. Gender differences in diagnosing depression appear during adolescence. The study aim was to explore the impact of gender on depression in young Swedish men and women. Grounded theory was used to analyze interviews with 23 young people aged 17 to 25 years who had been diagnosed with depression. Their narratives were marked by a striving to be normal and disclosed strong gender stereotypes, constructed in interaction with parents, friends, and the media. Gender norms were upheld by feelings of shame, and restricted the acting space of our informants. However, we also found transgressions of these gender norms. Primary health care workers could encourage young men to open up emotionally and communicate their personal distress, and young women to be daring and assertive of their own strengths, so that both genders might gain access to the positive coping strategies practiced respectively by each.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2011. Vol. 21, no 5, 612-624 p.
Psychiatry Family Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30889DOI: 10.1177/1049732310391272PubMedID: 21149850OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-30889DiVA: diva2:288683