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Att stängas ute, eller att inte vilja komma in : Om de hemlösas situation i Helsingborg

Olesen, Tina and Roland, Vibeke (2004)
School of Social Work
Abstract
The intention of this study was to inquiry how the social workers at the social service offices in Helsingborg perceive the homeless and their situation, and what kind of aid and support the homeless are getting so they can change their situation. We have also examined how the homeless describe their own situation and how they experience the treatment and the help they get from the social workers. Our main questions were: 1. How does the social workers describe the situation of the homeless in Helsingborg? 2. What are the social workers doing to help the homeless acquire and maintain an own flat? 3. How do the homeless look at their situation? 4. How do the homeless experience the treatment they get from the social workers? The study was... (More)
The intention of this study was to inquiry how the social workers at the social service offices in Helsingborg perceive the homeless and their situation, and what kind of aid and support the homeless are getting so they can change their situation. We have also examined how the homeless describe their own situation and how they experience the treatment and the help they get from the social workers. Our main questions were: 1. How does the social workers describe the situation of the homeless in Helsingborg? 2. What are the social workers doing to help the homeless acquire and maintain an own flat? 3. How do the homeless look at their situation? 4. How do the homeless experience the treatment they get from the social workers? The study was based on a qualitative method using interviews with persons who were, or had been, homeless and with social workers. As a theoretical perspective we used "social exclusion" and the theory of the British sociologist, Norbert Elias, we also compared our study with earlier research. We found that the homeless are living in a difficult situation and that they not feel as participating in the society. They experience that they are outsiders and not been accepted buy the "ordinary" citizens in the community. They also thought that it was difficult to influence the help they get from the social services. They had experienced that the treatment they got from the social workers sometimes felt insulting. The causes to homelessness are both structural and individual. Drug abuse was seen as a main cause to homelessness both by the homeless and by the social workers. One structural cause is the housing shortage, especially when it comes to small and affordable apartments. The social workers describe the situation of the homeless as a difficult problem to solve. It was difficult for the homeless to be accepted as tenants both by the landlords and by other tenants. The social services in Helsingborg have many different housing alternatives where the homeless can live for a shorter or longer period. To get a place in the housing that the social services can offer the homeless often must live up to different demands. A demand can for an example be that they must stop using drugs before the can achieve a place in a more stable and lasting housing solution. We have understood that the problem of homelessness is not an easy issue to solve and that there is no universal solution that could give every homeless person a housing that he or she can maintain. (Less)
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Olesen, Tina and Roland, Vibeke
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organization
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Social problems and welfare, national insurance, Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring
language
Swedish
id
1359244
date added to LUP
2004-11-08
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2004-11-08
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  abstract     = {The intention of this study was to inquiry how the social workers at the social service offices in Helsingborg perceive the homeless and their situation, and what kind of aid and support the homeless are getting so they can change their situation. We have also examined how the homeless describe their own situation and how they experience the treatment and the help they get from the social workers. Our main questions were: 1. How does the social workers describe the situation of the homeless in Helsingborg? 2. What are the social workers doing to help the homeless acquire and maintain an own flat? 3. How do the homeless look at their situation? 4. How do the homeless experience the treatment they get from the social workers? The study was based on a qualitative method using interviews with persons who were, or had been, homeless and with social workers. As a theoretical perspective we used "social exclusion" and the theory of the British sociologist, Norbert Elias, we also compared our study with earlier research. We found that the homeless are living in a difficult situation and that they not feel as participating in the society. They experience that they are outsiders and not been accepted buy the "ordinary" citizens in the community. They also thought that it was difficult to influence the help they get from the social services. They had experienced that the treatment they got from the social workers sometimes felt insulting. The causes to homelessness are both structural and individual. Drug abuse was seen as a main cause to homelessness both by the homeless and by the social workers. One structural cause is the housing shortage, especially when it comes to small and affordable apartments. The social workers describe the situation of the homeless as a difficult problem to solve. It was difficult for the homeless to be accepted as tenants both by the landlords and by other tenants. The social services in Helsingborg have many different housing alternatives where the homeless can live for a shorter or longer period. To get a place in the housing that the social services can offer the homeless often must live up to different demands. A demand can for an example be that they must stop using drugs before the can achieve a place in a more stable and lasting housing solution. We have understood that the problem of homelessness is not an easy issue to solve and that there is no universal solution that could give every homeless person a housing that he or she can maintain.},
  author       = {Olesen, Tina and Roland, Vibeke},
  keyword      = {Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Att stängas ute, eller att inte vilja komma in : Om de hemlösas situation i Helsingborg},
  year         = {2004},
}