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"Man tar på sig sin riddarrustning...": en kvalitativ studie av socialarbetares upplevelse och hantering av rädsla i yrkesutövningen och hur det påverkar arbetet

Weister, Maria (2008)
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this article is to examine how social workers may experience fear in their profession, how they and their organizations handle the fear and how the fear may affect their practice. To obtain the purpose, in-depth interviews were carried out with seven social workers from the southeastern part of Sweden. The experiences of fear were many and are summarized in four categories. Fear of treats and violence, fear of the responsibility in complicated situations and without optimal solution, fear of being regarded and judged as worthless and fear of being scrutinized with the risk of being stigmatized. Five strategies were identified to handle the fear: Safety strategies (e.g. safety alarms, working in pairs) Psychosocial support... (More)
The purpose of this article is to examine how social workers may experience fear in their profession, how they and their organizations handle the fear and how the fear may affect their practice. To obtain the purpose, in-depth interviews were carried out with seven social workers from the southeastern part of Sweden. The experiences of fear were many and are summarized in four categories. Fear of treats and violence, fear of the responsibility in complicated situations and without optimal solution, fear of being regarded and judged as worthless and fear of being scrutinized with the risk of being stigmatized. Five strategies were identified to handle the fear: Safety strategies (e.g. safety alarms, working in pairs) Psychosocial support (e.g. debriefing, support from colleagues and management) Using a role to protect yourself, Knowledge and experience and Not to let the fear lead. The finding is that fear affect the work in both positive and negative ways. Positive effects were that the social workers became more skilled in documenting their work in fear of being scrutinized and that they became careful in general. Negative effects were that the social workers had let the fear have an effect on their practice. My conclusion is that it is important to learn how fear might influence the social worker and how one should deal with it not to affect the professional competence and the basis for forming a judgement. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this article is to examine how social workers may experience fear in their profession, how they and their organizations handle the fear and how the fear may affect their practice. To obtain the purpose, in-depth interviews were carried out with seven social workers from the southeastern part of Sweden. The experiences of fear were many and are summarized in four categories. Fear of treats and violence, fear of the responsibility in complicated situations and without optimal solution, fear of being regarded and judged as worthless and fear of being scrutinized with the risk of being stigmatized. Five strategies were identified to handle the fear: Safety strategies (e.g. safety alarms, working in pairs) Psychosocial support (e.g. debriefing, support from colleagues and management) Using a role to protect yourself, Knowledge and experience and Not to let the fear lead. The finding is that fear affect the work in both positive and negative ways. Positive effects were that the social workers became more skilled in documenting their work in fear of being scrutinized and that they became careful in general. Negative effects were that the social workers had let the fear have an effect on their practice. My conclusion is that it is important to learn how fear might influence the social worker and how one should deal with it not to affect the professional competence and the basis for forming a judgement.},
  author       = {Weister, Maria},
  keyword      = {social work,social worker,fear,stress,client violence,staff support,Social changes, theory of social work,Sociala förändringar, teorier om socialt arbete,Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Man tar på sig sin riddarrustning...": en kvalitativ studie av socialarbetares upplevelse och hantering av rädsla i yrkesutövningen och hur det påverkar arbetet},
  year         = {2008},
}