research product . 2021

Danskernes mentale sundhed i hverdagen under nedlukningen af Danmark

Brix, Emma; Kroggaard, Camilla Bjerring;
Open Access Danish
  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Publisher: Roskilde Universitet
  • Country: Denmark
Abstract
The purpose of this paper has been to investigate the influence of the Covid related restrictions on the mental health of Danes. The survey applies a hermeneutical approach. Our target group has been all Danes except children under 15. The empirical evidence has been collected based on the mixed - method approach. A questionnaire with both open and closed questions was created to give an overall view on the mental health of Danes during the close-down period. Based on the questionnaire 3 informants were chosen for digital semistructured interviews. These informants were meticulously chosen in order to give diversity concerning age, gender and occupation.This was done to secure a detailed and in depth insight into the question. In the analysis Antonovsky's theory of ‘the experience of cohesion’ plus Højholt and Schraube´s concept, ‘The conduct of everyday life’ has been applied to discuss and support the empirical evidence. This study found that the concept of ‘mental health’ is perceived in lots of different ways. Lots of factors play a role in the daily struggle to stay mentally healthy. The close-down in this country has influenced people in negative, but also in positive ways. Thus there are both gains and challenges connected with a close-down. The study found that 22% felt more lonely, and that 63% felt that they had more time to take care of themselves. Concerning the future, many people feel insecurity and that daily life is dominated by uncertainty, since Covid-19 is an unpredictable disease. Others saw the economy as a major concern, because the state has deemed it necessary to deliver economic support to society in general and to large sectors of the private labour marked.
Subjects
free text keywords: Mental sundhed, Hverdag, Covid-19, Corona
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