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”… att man respekterar och att man är ödmjuk” - Socionomers reflektioner kring sin yrkesroll och etiska dilemman

Lundblad, Anna LU and Svensson, Mia (2009) SOPA63 20091
School of Social Work
Abstract
The complex professional role of the social worker implicates that one is confronted with a row of ethical dilemmas. Therefore it is important to seek knowledge about the strategies to be used in handling these dilemmas. The purpose of this essay has been to investigate the social worker’s thoughts about the professional role with the background of the ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practical work. How do social workers describe and reflect upon ethical dilemmas? What strategies are used to handle these contrasts, based on personal values and convictions? Does professional experience matter in choosing these strategies? The material consists of seven qualitative interviews with practicing social workers. A pilot interview was... (More)
The complex professional role of the social worker implicates that one is confronted with a row of ethical dilemmas. Therefore it is important to seek knowledge about the strategies to be used in handling these dilemmas. The purpose of this essay has been to investigate the social worker’s thoughts about the professional role with the background of the ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practical work. How do social workers describe and reflect upon ethical dilemmas? What strategies are used to handle these contrasts, based on personal values and convictions? Does professional experience matter in choosing these strategies? The material consists of seven qualitative interviews with practicing social workers. A pilot interview was initially conducted with the purpose to enhance and clarify the interview guide and also to test two vignettes that every interviewee had to take a position on. The material is analyzed from the democratic concepts of “civilian courage” and “the official ethos”. The study shows that there are some differences in how the social workers reflect upon their professional role based on the commission of the work. In the cases where the expectations are contradictory, the interviewees experience this as a complicating factor. A respectful approach and humility are values considered as central in the professional work. According to the interviewed social workers, professional experience as well as acquired life experience matter both in professional work and in the choosing of strategies to use in the handling of ethical dilemmas. (Less)
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Lundblad, Anna LU and Svensson, Mia
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organization
course
SOPA63 20091
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
professional role., work ethic, social worker, Ethics, ethical dilemmas, values
language
Swedish
id
1468929
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2009-09-03 10:39:18
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2009-09-03 10:39:18
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  abstract     = {The complex professional role of the social worker implicates that one is confronted with a row of ethical dilemmas. Therefore it is important to seek knowledge about the strategies to be used in handling these dilemmas. The purpose of this essay has been to investigate the social worker’s thoughts about the professional role with the background of the ethical dilemmas that may arise in the practical work. How do social workers describe and reflect upon ethical dilemmas? What strategies are used to handle these contrasts, based on personal values and convictions? Does professional experience matter in choosing these strategies? The material consists of seven qualitative interviews with practicing social workers. A pilot interview was initially conducted with the purpose to enhance and clarify the interview guide and also to test two vignettes that every interviewee had to take a position on. The material is analyzed from the democratic concepts of “civilian courage” and “the official ethos”. The study shows that there are some differences in how the social workers reflect upon their professional role based on the commission of the work. In the cases where the expectations are contradictory, the interviewees experience this as a complicating factor. A respectful approach and humility are values considered as central in the professional work. According to the interviewed social workers, professional experience as well as acquired life experience matter both in professional work and in the choosing of strategies to use in the handling of ethical dilemmas.},
  author       = {Lundblad, Anna and Svensson, Mia},
  keyword      = {professional role.,work ethic,social worker,Ethics,ethical dilemmas,values},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”… att man respekterar och att man är ödmjuk” - Socionomers reflektioner kring sin yrkesroll och etiska dilemman},
  year         = {2009},
}