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Table 1 The table shows the inter-relationship between the sub-categories, the categories and the theme

From: Living in the shadow of unemployment -an unhealthy life situation: a qualitative study of young people from leaving school until early adult life




+ Free from school

Perceiving relieve and hope

Living in the shadow of unemployment – un unhealthy life situation

+ Getting a job

+ Earn own money

+ Dreams about the future

+ Feel fine

- Job applications rejected

Noticing set-backs and disappointment

- No money

- Dependency

- Distrust

- Disappointment

- Passive life-style

Perceiving hopelessness and resignation

- Lack of money

- Deteriorating self-confidence

- Intense smoking and drinking

- Bad eating habits

- Stress-related health symptoms

- Mental health symptoms

- Negative mood

+ Required to help mothers

Perceiving caring responsibilities

+ Structuring the day

+ Reduced night-life drinking

+ A pause from working life demands

+ Social acceptance

+ Sense of being needed

Perceiving hope and social worthiness

+ Being trusted and given responsibilities

+ Structuring of the day

+ Feelings of pride

+ Restrict late nights drinking

-Experiencing job insecurity

Accepting adverse work situations

-Perception of stress

-Work-related injuries and illness

  1. + denotes experiences associated with positive health, − experiences associated with deteriorated health