“Professional feelings:”: Social workers' reflections on the role of emotions in their work with unaccompanied refugee children
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
emotions, social work, social worker, unaccompanied refugee children
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21422DiVA: diva2:921449
Subject / course
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)