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An exploratory study of the methods and strategies implemented to integrate unaccompanied minors in five residential home in Sweden
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to explore what methods the personnel in five residential care homes in Götaland, Sweden, implement to integrate unaccompanied minors. The study investigated how and what methods are constructed as well as how the social interaction between the unaccompanied minors and the personnel at the homes bring about the learning of the methods. Five face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed through the perspective of social construction and social learning theory. The result revealed that the methods are not clearly identified by the personnel. The personals are still learning how to work with unaccompanied minors from their experiences. This indicates that the practice is at its infant stage. The study found a wide variety of methods, which were based on the child and where some methods intend to build good relationship, to integrate the children into society and to facilitate the development of strategies and methods. The study also addresses the issue of how the methods and strategies can be affected by the dynamic migratory flow and the question of evidence based practice within this field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Unaccompanied minors, residential care homes, integration methods, construction, BBIC, action learning, distraction, support, medication, leisure activities, relationship building, drawing, using sign language, using translate, car-method, "having a coffee", tutoring, ADL-training, practical demonstrate, explaining, networking, grocery shopping, ART, Marte Meo, role-model, role play, 'Hitta Rätt', MI, dialogue, follow-up meeting, house meeting, supervision, three-part parenthood
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21306OAI: diva2:911579
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Available from: 2016-03-22 Created: 2016-03-14 Last updated: 2016-03-22Bibliographically approved

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