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Patologiskt samlande -en funktionsnedsättning: En kvalitativ intervjuundersökning om professionella aktörers erfarenheter av arbete och hjälp i förhållande till patologiska samlare.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This qualitative interview study examines the shared and discrepant experiences that nine professionals, three from each field of psychiatry, social service, and housing have from working with people with hoarding disorder, and their view on help. The main difficulty when working with hoarding disorder is described as lack of insight and understanding of the severity and consequences of the disorder among people with the disability. Professionals highlight the importance of proper diagnosis and cooperation among disciplinary teams working with hoarding disorder. Approaches differ regarding the issue of how to best help a person with hoarding disorder, especially as the emphasis of autonomy becomes more prevalent. The landlords who were interviewed expressed the hoarders’ need of help from the society, whereas the social service interviewees accentuated voluntariness and motivation as a favorable long-term management. The psychiatry interviewees stressed that coercive measures are devastating, but sometimes necessary. The opinion that the view of normality in the context of hoarding needs to be questioned, was shared by the interviewees from all the three fields. In conclusion, the professionals describe their work with hoarding behavior as complex and emphasize the need for more knowledge concerning this subject. Empowerment theory is applied in the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
hoarding disorder, hoarding, professionals, psychiatry, social service, housing, treatment, difficulties, help
Keyword [sv]
patologiska samlare, professionella aktörer, psykiatri, socialtjänst, bostadsbolag, insatser, svårigheter, hjälp
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104588OAI: diva2:723723
Available from: 2014-07-01 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2014-07-01Bibliographically approved

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