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”Dom ser sig inte som personer som har problem” - En studie av socialarbetares uppfattningar av unga narkotikamissbrukare.

Ekman, Julia LU (2010) SOAM01 20092
School of Social Work
Abstract
The use of drugs has increased among young people in Sweden and it is the social workers responsibility to both support and control those who use drugs. According to Swedish law, all illegal drug use is viewed as abuse. However it has been shown that the concept of drug abuse is more complex and that it is not a guarantee that everyone who experiments with drugs will fall into long term use. The purpose of this study has been to examine how social workers describe the young people who have become involved with social services due to drug use, determine if the young people are divided into categories and what those are and finally how the treatment is carried out by the interviewees. For the purpose of this study five social workers that... (More)
The use of drugs has increased among young people in Sweden and it is the social workers responsibility to both support and control those who use drugs. According to Swedish law, all illegal drug use is viewed as abuse. However it has been shown that the concept of drug abuse is more complex and that it is not a guarantee that everyone who experiments with drugs will fall into long term use. The purpose of this study has been to examine how social workers describe the young people who have become involved with social services due to drug use, determine if the young people are divided into categories and what those are and finally how the treatment is carried out by the interviewees. For the purpose of this study five social workers that work entirely with young drug users have been interviewed. The social constructivism theory has been applied as the underlining foundation for the understanding of how views of young drug users are formed. Also taken into account in this study are constructions within social work. It was found that the social workers interviewed have a hard time determining who is at risk for drug abuse based on social background or behaviour however, risk factors such as absence from school and a weak network of family and friends were found to be common elements in all interviews. Curiosity was also mentioned as a common reason for experimenting with drugs that could possibly spiral into a heavier addiction over time. Interviewees report that the key in treating young drug users is to work to motivate them greater as it is important that the youths themselves recognizes the consequences of drug use rather than simply being informed by the social worker that he or she should quit using drugs. (Less)
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author
Ekman, Julia LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOAM01 20092
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
social workers views, addiction, youth, drug experimentation, abuse, Drugs
language
Swedish
id
1615749
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2010-06-21 10:53:33
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2010-06-21 10:53:33
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  abstract     = {The use of drugs has increased among young people in Sweden and it is the social workers responsibility to both support and control those who use drugs. According to Swedish law, all illegal drug use is viewed as abuse. However it has been shown that the concept of drug abuse is more complex and that it is not a guarantee that everyone who experiments with drugs will fall into long term use. The purpose of this study has been to examine how social workers describe the young people who have become involved with social services due to drug use, determine if the young people are divided into categories and what those are and finally how the treatment is carried out by the interviewees. For the purpose of this study five social workers that work entirely with young drug users have been interviewed. The social constructivism theory has been applied as the underlining foundation for the understanding of how views of young drug users are formed. Also taken into account in this study are constructions within social work. It was found that the social workers interviewed have a hard time determining who is at risk for drug abuse based on social background or behaviour however, risk factors such as absence from school and a weak network of family and friends were found to be common elements in all interviews. Curiosity was also mentioned as a common reason for experimenting with drugs that could possibly spiral into a heavier addiction over time. Interviewees report that the key in treating young drug users is to work to motivate them greater as it is important that the youths themselves recognizes the consequences of drug use rather than simply being informed by the social worker that he or she should quit using drugs.},
  author       = {Ekman, Julia},
  keyword      = {social workers views,addiction,youth,drug experimentation,abuse,Drugs},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Dom ser sig inte som personer som har problem” - En studie av socialarbetares uppfattningar av unga narkotikamissbrukare.},
  year         = {2010},
}