Benjamin Claréus

Benjamin Claréus

Doctoral Student

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My research focuses on the cessation of self-injurious behaviours from adolescence to adulthood. Specifically, I examine which factors contribute to the cessation of self-injury, and 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 (SOL, link to the Swedish webpage).

Previously, I have conducted research on how individuals living with long-term 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, 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.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology


  • self-harm
  • Well-Being
  • Mental health
  • adolescents


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