När räddningen slutar i självmord
: en studie om unga flyktingars självmordsbeteende i Sverige, utifrån personals erfarenheter i sociala verksamheter

Translated title of the thesis: When the salvation ends in suicide: a study of young refugees´suicidal behavior in Sweden, from personnel experiences in social services
  • Jenny Delfin
  • Maja Eriksson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background and aim: The number of refugees and unaccompanied children are increasing in Sweden and these people belong to one of the groups that are at higher risk for developing suicidal behavior. At the same time the lack of research on the subject is mentioned several times by different sources. The aim of this study is therefore to investigate suicidal behavior among young refugees between the ages 13 to 18 years in Sweden, from personnel experiences in social services.

    Method: We have chosen a qualitative approach with seven narrative interviews that each lasted for about one hour and were recorded. The interview guide was semi structured. The respondents in this study consist of one student counselor, workers from two child psychiatry departments and four different residential care homes for unaccompanied children and young persons.

    Results and conclusions: The respondents had the understanding that young refugees have been through a lot, lost their families and experienced difficult traumas and a tough refuge. The result from the collected data showed that the personnel thought the cause of the suicidal behavior is the long wait during the asylum process, the trauma they have experienced and lack of social networks. Suicidal behaviors among the young refugees were often thoughts and suicide attempts with pills, through self-starving, hanging, or cutting themselves. We have noticed an opinion that a connection between being a refugee and suicide is possible and that a shorter asylum process might help reduce the suicidal behavior among young refugees.

    Date of Award2013-Aug-06
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorHans Knutagård (Supervisor) & Sven-Erik Olsson (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Social Work Study Programme

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Social Work (50402)


    • young
    • refugee
    • asylum-seeker
    • suicide
    • suicidal behavior
    • mental health
    • personnel
    • social services

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