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Young adults talk about their problems
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 52, no 3, 282-289 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims to explore how young adults in psychotherapy and young adults in general describe their problems and how their problem formulations change over time. Two matched samples from longitudinal prospective studies were compared using thematic analysis. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted at baseline, 1.5 years after termination of psychotherapy (N = 12) in the clinical sample and 3 years after baseline in the non clinical sample (N = 12). Inductive thematic analysis revealed six themes: problems associated with oneself, family, intimate relationships, sense of belonging, occupation, and social roles. The psychotherapy sample was characterized by problems with oneself closely related to other problematic areas, at both pre-treatment and at follow-up 1.5 years after termination, while problematic sense of belonging was a general theme only prior to psychotherapy. However, they were less troubled by their problems after psychotherapy. Problems with oneself decreased considerably in the non-clinical sample, while problems with intimate relationships were twice as frequent at follow-up. In the psychotherapy sample, the initial experience of being passively trapped within their problems was transformed into an experience of being an active agent in their own life. However, considerable differences between the psychotherapy sample and non-clinical sample still persisted at follow-up.

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2011. Vol. 52, no 3, 282-289 p.
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young adults, developmental tasks, psychotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67849DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2011.00874.xISI: 000290226100012OAI: diva2:471668
authorCount :3Available from: 2012-01-02 Created: 2012-01-02 Last updated: 2012-02-03Bibliographically approved

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