Diagnosen i en flydende tid

Anne Vinther Søndergaard & Karen Hauer Møller

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project aims to examine how young women experience a stigma in relation to their psychiatric diagnosis, in the light of the society which they are a part of. The study is based on eleven qualitative interviews with women at the age of 20-30 years. This method has been chosen on the basis of the hermeneutic view in the project, which gives a thoroughly insight in the young women’s lives with a mental disorder. Based on the theory of Erving Goffman, the project initially investigates how the women are experiencing a stigma attached to their psychiatric diagnosis. Inspired by Zygmunt Baumann’s theory of liquid modernity, the study subsequently illustrates how societal values and norms which prevails in the liquid modernity are reflected in the women’s lived experiences. To supplement the theoretical foundation of the study, the sociologist Anders Petersen and Alain Ehrenberg’s understanding of the performance society and Rasmus Willig’s description of the resilient individual, are included. Based on the analysis of the empirical data, it has come to mind, that a differentiation between diagnosis and symptoms is necessary. We have shown that the stigma connected to the women’s mental disorder to a great extent is linked to their symptoms. On the contrary, the women are simultaneously expressing a stigma bound to the label of the diagnosis itself. The ambivalent statements stresses the complexity which occurs in the life with a psychiatric diagnosis. Due to the hermeneutic approach and the methodological framework, it has been possible to nuance this complexity. The project concludes that the stigma especially occurs in connection to the symptoms. On the other hand, the diagnose offers an explanation and an excuse for not being able to live up to the same demands and expectation as everybody else. The diagnose provides a solid ground in a liquid time.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato25 jan. 2016
VejledereManon Alice Lavaud


  • præstation
  • Stigma
  • Sindslidelser
  • Diagnose
  • Flydende modernitet
  • individualisering