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Ett Liv med Förintelsen - en studie av socialt arbete med äldre överlevande

Blecher, Madeleine LU (2011) SOPA63 20102
School of Social Work
Abstract
A Life with the Shoah - a study of social work with aging survivors

The Holocaust left it´s survivors with open wounds which in many cases still remain “painfully open”, as Elie Wiesel has metaphorically written.

This study is not a historical documentation of what happened then and there. It is a study dealing with contemporary social work carried out with aging survivors in order to deal with their current needs. Many of these survivors are today aged and suffer more than before in the aftermath of the Holocaust trauma, which they went through more than half a decade ago. It is a challenge to provide support to a group of people who have lived through such extreme trauma. This requires professional competence as well as a... (More)
A Life with the Shoah - a study of social work with aging survivors

The Holocaust left it´s survivors with open wounds which in many cases still remain “painfully open”, as Elie Wiesel has metaphorically written.

This study is not a historical documentation of what happened then and there. It is a study dealing with contemporary social work carried out with aging survivors in order to deal with their current needs. Many of these survivors are today aged and suffer more than before in the aftermath of the Holocaust trauma, which they went through more than half a decade ago. It is a challenge to provide support to a group of people who have lived through such extreme trauma. This requires professional competence as well as a well-based understanding of each individual service user’s needs. As the findings of this study show, the long term effects of extremely traumatic events can be profound and exacerbate or resurface much later in life due to many factors – especially if initially left insufficiently treated. The elderly survivor lacks the capacity to defend himself/herself against intrusive memories and feelings of insecurity, hence in need of professional support. The purpose of this study has been to analyse and describe (through a social work perspective) (1) the needs of support and interventions which the elderly survivors of the Holocaust have today, and (2) the contemporary social work which is internationally carried out with this target group. The theoretical frameworks mainly used in this study are Constructivist Self-Development Theory (CSDT) and organisational theory, through a symbolic perspective. The study is carried out in a qualitative manner and is mainly based on literature studies, but narrative studies and three semi-structured interviews have also contributed to lay the empirical basis of the study. (Less)
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author
Blecher, Madeleine LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20102
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
organisation theory, narrative therapy, Holocaust, Holocaust Survivor, social work, extreme trauma, triggers, posttraumatic stress, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), Jewish Communal Service, Constructivist Self-Development Theory (CSDT), memory, creative therapy, support groups
language
Swedish
id
1768567
date added to LUP
2011-01-24 12:19:59
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2011-01-24 12:19:59
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  abstract     = {A Life with the Shoah - a study of social work with aging survivors

The Holocaust left it´s survivors with open wounds which in many cases still remain “painfully open”, as Elie Wiesel has metaphorically written. 

This study is not a historical documentation of what happened then and there. It is a study dealing with contemporary social work carried out with aging survivors in order to deal with their current needs. Many of these survivors are today aged and suffer more than before in the aftermath of the Holocaust trauma, which they went through more than half a decade ago. It is a challenge to provide support to a group of people who have lived through such extreme trauma. This requires professional competence as well as a well-based understanding of each individual service user’s needs. As the findings of this study show, the long term effects of extremely traumatic events can be profound and exacerbate or resurface much later in life due to many factors – especially if initially left insufficiently treated. The elderly survivor lacks the capacity to defend himself/herself against intrusive memories and feelings of insecurity, hence in need of professional support. The purpose of this study has been to analyse and describe (through a social work perspective) (1) the needs of support and interventions which the elderly survivors of the Holocaust have today, and (2) the contemporary social work which is internationally carried out with this target group. The theoretical frameworks mainly used in this study are Constructivist Self-Development Theory (CSDT) and organisational theory, through a symbolic perspective. The study is carried out in a qualitative manner and is mainly based on literature studies, but narrative studies and three semi-structured interviews have also contributed to lay the empirical basis of the study.},
  author       = {Blecher, Madeleine},
  keyword      = {organisation theory,narrative therapy,Holocaust,Holocaust Survivor,social work,extreme trauma,triggers,posttraumatic stress,post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD),Jewish Communal Service,Constructivist Self-Development Theory (CSDT),memory,creative therapy,support groups 

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  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Ett Liv med Förintelsen - en studie av socialt arbete med äldre överlevande},
  year         = {2011},
}