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Kunskapens börda: En enkätstudie om socialtjänstens information till klienter
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The burden of knowledge : A survey study on social service's information to clients. (English)
Abstract [en]

Social service’ information is crucial for a client’s possibilities to participate and influence. In this survey study we focus on the social workers’ relation to information:  What are the prerequisites for informing and how do they use their discretion? Previous research has shown communication problems due to insufficient or inadequate information material. Organizational support and social worker/client relationship have been shown as important factors for participation. The meaning and use of concepts such as participation and influence has also changed over time. No similar study has been carried out before, which makes the present study explorative. Through a mixed method questionnaire, we have tried to capture 125 respondents’ experiences of and attitudes to the clients' need for information. The study shows previously unidentified circumstances. One is that the vast amount of information provided to the client is perceived as a problem in itself. Another is the social workers’ emphasis on the clients’ understanding of the information. We perceive these circumstances as a sign of a juridification of social work, partly as a result of a cooptation process. Social service incorporate new elements in a way that strengthens the organisation's power at the expense of the street level bureaucrats’ discretion.

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2018. , p. 59
Keywords [en]
Social service information; Client participation; Discretion; Street level bureaucrat; Social work practice; Juridification
Keywords [sv]
Socialtjänst; Information; Brukardelaktighet; Handlingsutrymme; Gräsrotsbyråkrat; Socialt arbete; Juridifiering
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165943OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165943DiVA, id: diva2:1286813
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