Hvordan forstår vi stress? - En diskursanalyse af gymnasieelevers forståelse af ordet stress

Isabella Madsen & William Cornelius Ryan Hopwood

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This project aims to research how and in what way danish gymnasium students understand the word ‘stress’ and how these perceptions are being constructed by their social interaction and societies social structures.
Our theory of scientific methods is based on social constructivism. We have through the method, critical discourse psychology, analysed 3 focus groups interviews containing all in all 12 gymnasium students.
Our analysis shows several main interpretative repertoires on how the informers understand the word stress. The word seems to have become normalized in everyday language, which contributes to the word lacking seriousity. The feeling of stress is seen as a normal part of being young. Stress among young people is therefore not perceived as something that’s serious. This aspect contributes to construct a view, where the informers perceive their peers who fall ill because of stress as being weak. The last part of the project discuss how societies social structures are influencing the construction of these interpretive repertoires and who this can benefit. It seems like a community feeling based on workability and a fear of getting cut of societies accelerating speed, are the main reasons why these perceptions of stress are being constructed and reproduces through the informers social interaktion.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato24 maj 2019
Antal sider66
VejledereChristel Stormhøj


  • Diskursanalyse
  • Stress
  • Gymnasieelever
  • Diskurspsykologi