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An Assessment of Existential Worldview Function among Young Women at Risk for Depression and Anxiety: A Multi-Method Study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Biological psychology. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, ISSN 0084-6724, E-ISSN 1573-6121, Vol. 39, no 2, 165-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increasing rates of psychiatric problems like depression and anxiety among Swedish youth, predominantly among females, are considered a serious public mental health concern. Multiple studies confirm that psychological as well as existential vulnerability manifest in different ways for youths in Sweden. This multi-method study aimed at assessing existential worldview function by three factors: 1) existential worldview, 2) ontological security, and 3) self-concept, attempting to identify possible protective and risk factors for mental ill-health among female youths at risk for depression and anxiety. The sample comprised ten females on the waiting list at an outpatient psychotherapy clinic for teens and young adults. Results indicated that both functional and dysfunctional factors related to mental health were present, where the quality and availability of significant interpersonal relations seemed to have an important influence. Examples of both an impaired worldview function and a lack of an operating existential worldview were found. Psychotherapeutic implications are discussed.

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2017. Vol. 39, no 2, 165-203 p.
Keyword [en]
existential worldview function, self-concept, belonging, anxiety, depression, ontological security, meaning, young women
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-146651DOI: 10.1163/15736121-12341337ISI: 000408056700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-146651DiVA: diva2:1138250
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This research was financially supported by a research grant from the Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden (Dnr ufupa 2008/1927).

Available from: 2017-09-04 Created: 2017-09-04 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved

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