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Benjamin Claréus

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My research focuses on the discontinuation of self-injurious behaviours between the ages of 15 to 25. Specifically, I examine which factors contribute to the discontinuation of self-injury, and perceptions of mental health and well-being among young adults with lived experience of self-injury. I work with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies from a critical realist perspective. This means that I assume that there are behaviours that cause injury to one's body, but the meaning, importance and definition of self-injurious behaviours must be examined and challenged on both the individual and societal level. My dissertation is part of the longitudinal project Självkänsla och Livssituation hos unga vuxna (SOL-2, link to the Swedish webpage).

Previously, I have conducted research on how individuals living with chronic pain are affected by their relationships with healthcare professionals and the Swedish social insurance system.


I have previously been teaching qualitative and quantitative methodology, including philosophical, theorethical, ethical, and practial perspectives. Currently, I do not supervise theses, but if you're interested in my topic you can send me an email, and I can direct you to a colleague with similar interests.

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  • Psychology


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