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“Jag har aldrig ångrat mitt yrkesval!”: – En kvalitativ studie om erfarna socialarbetares drivkrafter
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“I have never regretted my choice of work!” : – A qualitative study of motivation among experienced social workers (English)
Abstract [sv]

I denna kvalitativa studie undersöks positiva aspekter av att vara verksam inom socialt arbete, hur erfarna socialarbetare beskriver sina drivkrafter och vilka faktorer som påverkar välbefinnande i arbetet. Intervjuer gjordes med fem socialarbetare som arbetat inom yrket i 30 år eller mer. Intervjumaterialet analyserades utifrån Antonovskys teori känsla av sammanhang (KASAM) och begreppen begriplighet, hanterbarhet och meningsfullhet. Under analysen framkom några områden som centrala för syftet. Dessa handlade om en god atmosfär på arbetsplatsen och i arbetsgruppen, relationer med klienten, vikten av humor, rörlighet som strategi samt hur påfrestning kan vändas till drivkraft. Resultaten visade att påfrestningar som en socialarbetare möter utgör en viktig del för att känna drivkraft och meningsfullhet i arbetet. Viktigt för att känna välbefinnande är en god arbetsgrupp, en god atmosfär på arbetsplatsen och relationer med klienter. 

Abstract [en]

In this qualitative study, the positive aspects of social work and how experienced social workers describe their motivation and well-being, are examined. Five experienced social workers, who all had worked for 30 years or more, were interviewed. The theory Sense of coherence (SOC) by Antonovsky, and the constructs comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness, were used to analyze the material from the interviews. During the analysis a few themes appeared to be of more importance for the purpose of the study. These were: a good atmosphere at the workplace and among colleagues, relations with clients, the importance of humor, mobility as a strategy and how stress can be turned into motivation. The results showed that the stress the social worker meets, is a significant source for the ability to be motivated and feel meaningfulness in social work. A good atmosphere at the workplace and among colleagues and good relations with clients were of importance for a sense of well-being among the social workers in the present study. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , p. 34
Keyword [en]
motivation, stress, well-being, social work, sense of coherence (SOC)
Keyword [sv]
drivkraft, påfrestning, välbefinnande, socialt arbete, känsla av sammanhang (KASAM)
National Category
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-40735OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-40735DiVA, id: diva2:907573
Subject / course
Socialt arbete
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2016-03-15 Created: 2016-02-29 Last updated: 2016-03-15Bibliographically approved

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