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Psychological and existential vulnerability among clinical young women: a quantitative comparison of depression-related subgroups
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions. Stockholms Stadsmission. (IMPACT research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1165-8719
Centre for Health Equity Studies; Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions. Department of Psychiatry, Innlandet Hospital Trust, Oslo, Norway. (IMPACT research)
2015 (English)In: Mental Health, Religion & Culture, ISSN 1367-4676, E-ISSN 1469-9737, Vol. 18, no 4, 259-272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective was to explore psychological and existential vulnerability among clinical young women in Sweden. Females (n = 53) with depression as the most common preliminary diagnosis were investigated through an online questionnaire. Included measures were Karolinska Scales of Personality, Self-concept, Strategies to Handle Negative Emotions, Sense of Coherence, and questions pertaining to existential meaning-making, including religious/spiritual belief. The sample was divided into High (n = 35) and Low/Inter (n = 18) groups according to scores on the anxiety- and depression-related personality scale Inhibition of aggression. Using independent samples t-test, the High group showed signs of significantly higher psychological and existential vulnerability than the Low/Inter group. Salutogenic factors being (1) coming from socially and societally engaged families and (2) being in a functional existential meaning-making process. The conclusion is that vulnerabilities in the psychological and existential domains are linked, especially in individuals high on depression-like aspects of personality. However, no significant differences for religion/spirituality were found. Treatment implications were addressed.

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London: Routledge Mental Health, 2015. Vol. 18, no 4, 259-272 p.
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Clinical young women; psychological vulnerability; existential meaning-making; depression; sense of coherence; self-concept; emotion regulation
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Psychiatry Religious Studies
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Psychology of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-276769DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2015.1021313ISI: 000356237600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-276769DiVA: diva2:903451
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