Att ifrågasätta och lämna Jehovas vittnen: effekter på självskattad existentiell och psykisk hälsa samt livskvalité
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this study was to investigate, from a religious psychology perspective, which self-rated effects an initiated questioning of and exit from the religious organization Jehovah´s Witnesses can have on a person´s self-rated existential and mental health and quality of life. The phenomenon was investigated with help of Park´s theory on meaning-making and Melder´s theory about the existential health dimensions impact on and relation to the overall self-rated existential and mental health a person experiences. Parks theory was primarily used to investigate the process of exit. The method used to investigate the phenomenon was qualitative directed content analysis and hermeneutic interpretation. This means that I with help of the theories used in the study, and based on the themes and categories taken from them, analysed the material to see whether aspects and parts in the theories could be used to achieve a deeper understanding of the phenomenon. In Melder´s theory I searched for aspects and parts in the material that could be understood and explained by some or several of the eight existential aspects that according to the theory effects the overall self-rated health a person experience. The results of the study shows that the questioning of and exit from Jehovah´s Witnesses could be well explained by Park´s theory on meaning-making. It also showed that some of the eight existential aspects in Melder´s theory were possible to applicate on the material to achieve a deeper understanding of how this questioning of and exit from Jehovah´s Witnesses effected the person´s self-rated existential and mental health and quality of life.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 46 p.
exit process, Jehovah´s Witnesses, existential health, mental health, meaning-making, Park
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242070DiVA: diva2:782264
Subject / course
History of Religion and Social Sciences of Religion
Teacher Education Programme