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”Vi är allt från detektiver till terapeuter”: En kvalitativ studie om hur socialsekreterare inom ekonomiskt bistånd upplever sin arbetssituation
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Our purpose was to understand how social workers experience the possible complexities that working with economical aid can entail. As an example we chose to focus on long-term economical aid work. We aimed to address the question of which factors could affect their work. In a prior study, done by Dellgran & Höjer (2003) the conclusion was drawn  that  the combination of economical aid, healthcare and schools makeup a third of  practical social work in the terms of the proportion of the amount of social workers, but only 8 percent of the research is done in those areas. Other studies (Stranz, 2007) demonstrate that the research that is done on working with economical aid is deficient. We interviewed six social workers in two smaller municipalities in the southern of Sweden. Our result indicated that the social workers felt pressured by their work-load and the fact that the amount of new cases had increased. They thought that a possible reason for this could be the weak economic climate and changes in the labour market policies. They also felt that alterations and long office turnaround times at other administrative authorities also contributed. The results showed that the majority of the social workers in our study used a motivational approach in their meetings with clients and they also had the best interest in mind for each and every client. We chose to use the theoretical perspectives of Human service organizations by Yeheskel Hasenfeld (1983) and Demokratins väktare (our translation: the guardians of democracy) by Lennart Lundquist (1998) when we analyzed our results.


Keywords: Economical aid, social workers, long-termed economical aid, human service organizations.

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2010. , 53 p.
Keyword [sv]
ekonomiskt bistånd, socialsekreterare, långvarigt ekonomiskt bistånd, människobehandlande organisationer
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Social Work Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-5912OAI: diva2:322736
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-04-26 Created: 2010-06-08 Last updated: 2011-04-26Bibliographically approved

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