Unges utvikling - kan kvaliteten på de nærmeste relasjonene påvirke deres psykiske helse?
Keywords:Bronfenbrenner; close relations; indirect approach;mental health; friendship; family relations.
In this article the main focus is on youth and their relationships to their closest peers, parents and relationships outside school, and how these relationships may influence their development. Studies has shown that strong relationships can act as a protective factor while weak relationships can be seen as a risk factor in the development of young people. This article is based on Bronfenbrenners theory about ecological systems. I have used interviews of three young people, who are at risk or have dropped out of school, as they are talking about their relationships to their closest peers, parents and relationships outside of the school. The article is written as a part of the Erasmus+ project Marginalization and Co-created Education (MaCE). The interviews have been conducted through an indirect interview approach giving the young people opportunity to share their life stories. The findings are that these young people have weak to extremely weak relations to their closest peers, parents and friends outside school and express that they felt lonely and/or have mental challenges. This article will represent their stories.