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Förebyggande arbete mot depression bland äldre personer: En kvalitativ studie om hur enhetschefer för särskilda boenden ser på förebyggande arbete mot depression bland äldre personer.
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.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Prevention of depression among elderly people : A qualitative study about how unit managers for residential homes looks at the prevention of depression among elderly people. (English)
Abstract [en]

Studies show that 10-15 percent of Sweden's population, 65 years or older are estimated to have depression or depression symptoms. The symptoms of depression among elderly people are less than symptoms of young people. This could cause that elderly people with depression are not always discovered. Studies show that elderly people who live in residential homes show more signs of depression than elderly people living at home. If elderly people live in a supporting environment, can it prevent that a depression developed.

The prevention of depression among elderly people is a topic that is not discussed among previously research. The purpose of this study is to examine how the unit managers of the residential homes for elderly people look at the prevention of depression. This study is qualitative where six unit managers in charge of residential homes have been interviewed. The interviews were based on different themes; how the unit managers approach the prevention of depression among elderly people and how they describe the discretion to take preventive treatment for depression among elderly people, also the unit manager views on elderly peoples depression. The study is made in a small number of municipalities which means that it can not be generalized. The result may not be the same if the study had been made on a larger scale.

The results of the study show that the unit managers of the residential homes for elderly people work to prevent depression in different ways. An explanation of why the unit managers works different are based on the unit manager ideas and interpretations of depression among elderly people. Also the unit manager priorities, past experience, number of years as a professional and their views about elderly people’s depression are factors that affect the unit manager work. The unit manager views on its way to approach the prevention of depression, the political guidelines and decisions have impact on the way the unit manager work to prevent depression among elderly people in the residential home.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , p. 48
Keyword [en]
Elderly people, preventive treatment, depression, unit manager, residential home, discretion and street-level bureaucracy
Keyword [sv]
Äldre personer, förebyggande arbete, depression, enhetschef, särskilt boende, handlingsutrymme och gräsrotsbyråkrat
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19693DiVA: diva2:532240
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Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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