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Diagnosens betydelse: En kvalitativ undersökning om gränsdragning, kategorisering och fördelning av resurser i det sociala arbetets praktik – exemplet ADHD
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The significance of diagnosis : A qualitative survey on delimitation, categorization and distribution of resources in social work practice – the example of ADHD (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine if and how the diagnosis of ADHD is important for the social practice delimitation to obtain an understanding of how the sorting and categorization of clients affects the distribution of resources. In a qualitative approach, the study is based on eight semi-structured interviews in five different social practices. Young adults diagnosed with ADHD who need society's help and support, constituted our focus in the study. The selection is based on gaining an understanding of how the client process proceeds. The interviews were supplemented with documents, such as legal and internal methodological support. The empirical results relate to Hasenfeld´s discussion on "raw material" and "transforming process", Lindqvist´s "organizational fields", Johansson's "freedom of action" and Stone´s “dilemma of distribution". The results indicate that the diagnosis of ADHD represents the basis for the target group, young adults, to gain entry into the community social practices in order to obtain access to resources. The results also show that several factors determine the design of interventions: the needs of the individual and the ability to express their needs, the relationship between the professional and the individual, but also the professional´s freedom of action. Furthermore, the results show that the diagnosis of ADHD affects the possibility of collaboration between organizations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
categorization, delimitation, sorting, distribution, social work practice, ADHD
Keyword [sv]
kategorisering, gränsdragning, sortering, fördelning, social praktik, ADHD
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44971OAI: diva2:824929
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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