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'In or Out'-On the Dynamic between Acceptance and Rejection and its Influence on Health in Adolescent Girls
Dalarna Univ, Sch Educ Hlth & Social Studies, Falun, Sweden.
Sweden Center for Clinical Research Dalarna, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
Karlstad Univ, Fac Arts & Social Sci, Dept Social & Psychol Studies, Karlstad, Sweden.
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) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2014. Vol. 22, no 3, 291-303 p.
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girls, Grounded Theory, health, qualitative, shame, status, stress, teenagers, well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-95883DOI: 10.1177/1103308814534043ISI: 000342825600005OAI: diva2:770919
Available from: 2014-12-11 Created: 2014-11-06 Last updated: 2015-01-22Bibliographically approved

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