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Mötet, ett dilemma eller en möjlighet?: - En kvalitativ studie av myndighetspersoners beskrivningar av individer med ett socialt funktionshinder.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This is a study with a qualitative approach and a social psychological perspective. Our purpose is to describe and analyze authority officials descriptions of individuals with a social disability and their perception of how the interaction in the encounter with its implementation. We are interested in how they experience their power as authority representatives. The following issues are highlighted.

• How do people in authority describe individuals with a social disability?

• What is the authority officials view on the interaction in meetings with individuals with a social disability?

• How do authority officials experiencing his or her position of power in relation to the meeting?

Our results are based on semi-structured interviews with five persons in authority, which is active in Insurance and Employment Service in Örebro County. The theoretical basis is based on the labelling theory. The concepts chosen for analysis are stigma, social responsiveness, lack of social responsiveness, defense measures and power. The results of the study show that authority officials understand the concept of social disability as any type of diagnosis, with social anxiety disorder and intellectual impairment are the two most mentioned. Authority officials describe that these individuals have a range of social difficulties such as problems with finances, lack of jobs or problems in their social relationships. Authority officials meetings with individuals with a social disability is described as complex, where the need for support appears to be unlimited. Factors such as time and creativity plays a crucial role in the interaction. The power aspect of the meeting affects the sense that the authority official has the power to change and improve the living conditions of individuals, but may not be the person to act freely in the meeting when the latter is controlled by the authority's rules and regulations. Authority officials freedom of action can be influenced by his personal qualities and skills. At the same time can also lead to the individual with a social disability can have confidence and trust in authority the person.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 34 p.
Örebro Studies in Sociology, ISSN 1650-2531 ; 1650-2531
Keyword [en]
social disability, authority officials, interaction, stigma, authority
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-22575ISRN: ORU-HUS/SOC-GK-2012/0042--SEDOI: 22575Archive number: ORU-HUS/SOC-GK-2012/0042--SEOAI: diva2:516528
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2012-04-18 Last updated: 2013-04-10Bibliographically approved

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