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“Professional feelings:”: Social workers' reflections on the role of emotions in their work with unaccompanied refugee children
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this qualitative study was to get a better understanding how professionals working with unaccompanied refugee children perceive and reflect on their emotions evoked by their work and on their preparedness to handle them. Therefore, I chose to investigate how the sample of professional recognised, expressed and managed their emotions at work; what role did support and self-reflection play in exploring emotions; how the professionals saw the role of emotions in their work with unaccompanied refugee children; and how the participants described their preparedness to handle their emotions from the social work education. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine professionals working directly with unaccompanied refugee children. The findings indicated a lack of consistency in the views; where some said emotions could be utilised as a tool in social work, others viewed that expressing emotions might be seen unprofessional. Self-reflection and support of the colleagues and the counsellor in handling emotions were valued by the participants; it was seen to be helpful in working on emotions and becoming a better professional. Another emerging theme was the lack of discussion about emotions in social work education. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
emotions, social work, social worker, unaccompanied refugee children
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21422OAI: diva2:921449
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2016-04-21Bibliographically approved

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