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Exploring young female attitudes and perceptions of anxiety; in consideration of current economic and socio-cultural issues

Finlayson, Lucy (2016) Exploring young female attitudes and perceptions of anxiety; in consideration of current economic and socio-cultural issues. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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The research aimed to explore young female attitudes and perceptions of anxiety, in consideration of current economic and socio-cultural issues. The research adopted three main objectives, to explore qualitatively; A qualitative approach was followed, using individual interviews of six young female adults, aged 18-25 years. A thematic analysis was conducted, and three main themes identified. These are ‘Expectations of anxiety- becoming the ‘norm’, ‘#Anxiety ‘trending’- the power of social media’ and ‘Patient-doctor relationships- leaving a lot to be desired’. The implications of the findings are discussed below, regarding the impact they may have on attitudes and perceptions of anxiety; and possible actions considered, in terms of improving peoples experience of recovery from anxiety, and other mental health disorders. How young female perceptions, attitudes towards, and expectations of anxiety may be influenced by increased awareness; drawing upon Dean’s (2009) notion of ‘anxiety culture’. How current economic issues, including governmental spending cuts to mental health services within the NHS may have impacted on young female perceptions, attitudes towards, and expectations of anxiety. Finally, how current economic and socio-cultural issues raised could influence participant’s possible help-seeking behaviour in the future.

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