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Delaktighetens begränsningar

Johansson, Hanna LU and Henningsson, Linnea LU (2010) SOPA63 20092
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this paper was to examine, from a social worker perspective, to what extent the clients in interaction with social workers participate when choosing a suitable recourse for their need. Client’s participation is investigated more closely based on the concepts of autonomy and influence, which both correspond to different levels of involvement. Furthermore, the purpose was to investigate how the power of social workers, which come with their pro-fession, affects the clients’ opportunity to participate when recourses corresponding to their needs are being distributed. We have interviewed eight social workers from two different de-partments. One is working with adults who have alcohol and/or drug addiction problems. The other one is... (More)
The aim of this paper was to examine, from a social worker perspective, to what extent the clients in interaction with social workers participate when choosing a suitable recourse for their need. Client’s participation is investigated more closely based on the concepts of autonomy and influence, which both correspond to different levels of involvement. Furthermore, the purpose was to investigate how the power of social workers, which come with their pro-fession, affects the clients’ opportunity to participate when recourses corresponding to their needs are being distributed. We have interviewed eight social workers from two different de-partments. One is working with adults who have alcohol and/or drug addiction problems. The other one is working with people who have needs of social and existential care. To implement the analysis of the collected materials, we have made use of Michael Lipsky’s theory about street-level bureaucracy. Our analysis is also based upon the concepts of participation, auton-omy, influence and power. The study reveals that social workers find their clients' involve-ment as inevitable. They all agree that clients always should be involved in the choice of ac-tion. Difficulties may arise when the social worker must relate to both the organization's in-terests and the client’s interests. However, none of the interviewed thinks of this as a dilemma as they perform their duties. It is also found in the study that the social workers believe that client participation should be limited. Clients must not have autonomy, however, social work-ers says clearly that clients should be given influence. (Less)
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author
Johansson, Hanna LU and Henningsson, Linnea LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20092
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
recourse, clients, autonomy, influence, power
language
Swedish
id
1530243
date added to LUP
2010-01-29 11:32:18
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2010-01-29 11:32:18
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  abstract     = {The aim of this paper was to examine, from a social worker perspective, to what extent the clients in interaction with social workers participate when choosing a suitable recourse for their need. Client’s participation is investigated more closely based on the concepts of autonomy and influence, which both correspond to different levels of involvement. Furthermore, the purpose was to investigate how the power of social workers, which come with their pro-fession, affects the clients’ opportunity to participate when recourses corresponding to their needs are being distributed. We have interviewed eight social workers from two different de-partments. One is working with adults who have alcohol and/or drug addiction problems. The other one is working with people who have needs of social and existential care. To implement the analysis of the collected materials, we have made use of Michael Lipsky’s theory about street-level bureaucracy. Our analysis is also based upon the concepts of participation, auton-omy, influence and power. The study reveals that social workers find their clients' involve-ment as inevitable. They all agree that clients always should be involved in the choice of ac-tion. Difficulties may arise when the social worker must relate to both the organization's in-terests and the client’s interests. However, none of the interviewed thinks of this as a dilemma as they perform their duties. It is also found in the study that the social workers believe that client participation should be limited. Clients must not have autonomy, however, social work-ers says clearly that clients should be given influence.},
  author       = {Johansson, Hanna and Henningsson, Linnea},
  keyword      = {recourse,clients,autonomy,influence,power},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Delaktighetens begränsningar},
  year         = {2010},
}