Ung och arbetslös : En kvalitativ studie om upplevelser av arbetslöshet
The aim of this qualitative study is to gain a deeper understanding of how young people whoare unemployed or have experienced unemployment, experience the situation and how theyapprehend themselves in relation to unemployment. I performed semi-structured interviewswith five young women and men. Three theoretical perspectives have been used for myanalysis, Marie Jahoda’s deprivation theory, Mikael Nordenmark´s PEN-model and HansBerglund’s action theory.The results show that the majority of the respondents perceive the situation as unemployed asdifficult and stressful. Four out of five have more or less felt depressed or sad. The depressionis described as a recurrent, not a permanent condition. Furthermore, the results show that thetime of unemployment is relevant to how the situation is perceived. Study findings alsosuggest that those who value work the most suffer most from not having a job. The result alsoindicates that several of the youths feel like the unemployment had a negative impact on theirconfidence and self-image. Four out of five respondents spent most of their time looking forjobs. Those who were actively looking for work were also relatively optimistic about theirchances of getting a job.
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