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Exploring the online medium as an alternative resource for social work with online groups: The case-study of an online peer support community for persons with Bipolar Disorder
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Sustainable development
Sustainable development according to the University's criteria is not relevant for the essay/thesis
Abstract [en]

The new millennia has been characterised by developments in the digital world, creating a new space for social work practice globally. The aim of this research is to explore the online medium as an alternative resource for social work with online groups through an observation and interviews in an online group for Bipolar Disorderin Sweden. The results found that lived experience proved central to all forms of participation and support was seen as a resource to be shared. The implications for social work practice were found on multiple levels with broad areas of influence, such as utilising the online medium as an alternative source of insight, thereby allowing needs assessment, both onindividual and [sub]group level. Accessibility by way of the internet was seen as a catalyser to participation as well as a comprehensive method in creating such communities both locally and internationally through the development of digital social work.

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2019. , p. 64
Keywords [en]
online peer-support, bipolar disorder, Sweden, digital social work, ecological systems theory
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30804OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30804DiVA, id: diva2:1362233
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Social work
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Bachelor of Science in Social Work - Specialization International Social Work
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2019-09-24, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, 801 76, Gävle, 14:30 (English)
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Available from: 2019-10-18 Created: 2019-10-18 Last updated: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved

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