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Ett (o)normalt liv

Magnusson, Malin LU and Svensson, Doris LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
An (ab)normal life

The aim with this study was to analyse how housing supporters describe their approach towards mentally impaired people. The peer group, who needs housing support, are people who live in their own homes and are 18 years old or older. The Swedish psychiatric reform was implemented 1995 due to the deinstitutionalization. The purpose of the reform was to improve the living conditions of people with mental impairments and to integrate them to society. Integration, participation and self-determination were three goals from the reform that we investigated. Due to the fact that housing supporters work closely with the mentally impaired people, we found it interesting to see whether the professionals are applying the named... (More)
An (ab)normal life

The aim with this study was to analyse how housing supporters describe their approach towards mentally impaired people. The peer group, who needs housing support, are people who live in their own homes and are 18 years old or older. The Swedish psychiatric reform was implemented 1995 due to the deinstitutionalization. The purpose of the reform was to improve the living conditions of people with mental impairments and to integrate them to society. Integration, participation and self-determination were three goals from the reform that we investigated. Due to the fact that housing supporters work closely with the mentally impaired people, we found it interesting to see whether the professionals are applying the named goals. We also wanted to know how diagnosis influences the approach the housing supporters has towards their clients and what kind of strategies they have to pursue their support. We used a qualitative study to reach our aim and used a semi-structured interview technique as well as vignettes to see, how the housing supporters describe their working situations. We had nine interviews with people who work with housing support in southern regions of Sweden. The theories that we applied was social constructionism, norm theory, and empowerment. We found that people who worked with housing support all had integration as a goal for their work and all phrase from the psychiatric reform was applied to their work approach. The results of the current study show that housing supporters worked with strategies such as relationships and motivation to achieve those goals. All professionals knew about the diagnosis and used it as an exploratory model in case of changes in regular patterns of person with mental impairments. The professionals always operated according to prevailing norms, but also had an empowerment approach to help their clients. (Less)
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author
Magnusson, Malin LU and Svensson, Doris LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Housing supporters, mental impairments, integration, diagnosis, relations.
language
Swedish
id
3813083
date added to LUP
2013-06-14 16:05:22
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2013-06-14 16:05:22
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  abstract     = {An (ab)normal life

The aim with this study was to analyse how housing supporters describe their approach towards mentally impaired people. The peer group, who needs housing support, are people who live in their own homes and are 18 years old or older. The Swedish psychiatric reform was implemented 1995 due to the deinstitutionalization. The purpose of the reform was to improve the living conditions of people with mental impairments and to integrate them to society. Integration, participation and self-determination were three goals from the reform that we investigated. Due to the fact that housing supporters work closely with the mentally impaired people, we found it interesting to see whether the professionals are applying the named goals. We also wanted to know how diagnosis influences the approach the housing supporters has towards their clients and what kind of strategies they have to pursue their support. We used a qualitative study to reach our aim and used a semi-structured interview technique as well as vignettes to see, how the housing supporters describe their working situations. We had nine interviews with people who work with housing support in southern regions of Sweden. The theories that we applied was social constructionism, norm theory, and empowerment. We found that people who worked with housing support all had integration as a goal for their work and all phrase from the psychiatric reform was applied to their work approach. The results of the current study show that housing supporters worked with strategies such as relationships and motivation to achieve those goals. All professionals knew about the diagnosis and used it as an exploratory model in case of changes in regular patterns of person with mental impairments. The professionals always operated according to prevailing norms, but also had an empowerment approach to help their clients.},
  author       = {Magnusson, Malin and Svensson, Doris},
  keyword      = {Housing supporters,mental impairments,integration,diagnosis,relations.},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Ett (o)normalt liv},
  year         = {2013},
}