Skolkuratorers arbete på högstadieskolor : En kvalitativ studie av skolkuratorers möjligheter och begränsningar för att främja ungdomars psykiska hälsa
Sammanfattning: The purpose of the study is to gain an increased knowledge of the work that school counselors carry out in junior high schools to promote mental health and what opportunities and limitations there are in the profession as a school counselor. The empirical material has been collected through six semi-structured interviews with school counselors who work at various junior high schools. The participating school counselors have worked for different lengths of time in the profession. The school counselors who have worked in the profession for the shortest time have been employed for less than a year, while the school counselors with the longest experience have been employed in the profession for twelve years. Role theory and the concept of room for maneuver are used in the study to analyze the collected empirical result. Based on the empirical data collected, the school counselors in the study think that the mental illness among junior high school students has increased. The factors that the school counselors mainly considered have contributed to the increased mental illness are linked to demands and shortcomings in school, the use of mobile phones and social media, as well as bullying and the role of parents. The results of the study also show that there are not enough resources in student health for the school counselor to be able to offer all students the support they need. Based on the collected empirical data and the previous research presented, the study shows that school counselors experience lack of resources within the profession as a school counselor.
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