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Är det orden som styrker när siffrorna saknas? : En diskursanalytisk studie om vårdhundar som insats inom äldreomsorgen

Jansse, Nathalie LU and Nilsson, Rosanna (2015) SOPA63 20142
School of Social Work
Abstract
For some time Sweden has avoided the involvement of therapy dogs in health and social care. In spite of other countries who’s been using dogs for several years, Sweden has been sceptical of the alleged positive influence that dogs supposedly can have on humans. In countries like England, Austria and the US you can find educations on university level for dogs to be used when treating humans. Up until year 2014 the Swedish government haven’t supported the use of therapy dogs even though there has been a growing interest in animals in different areas of Swedish health and social care. The social board of Sweden do not think the scientific foundation ad up and thus they won’t confirm other countries believes on the topic. Yet they have now... (More)
For some time Sweden has avoided the involvement of therapy dogs in health and social care. In spite of other countries who’s been using dogs for several years, Sweden has been sceptical of the alleged positive influence that dogs supposedly can have on humans. In countries like England, Austria and the US you can find educations on university level for dogs to be used when treating humans. Up until year 2014 the Swedish government haven’t supported the use of therapy dogs even though there has been a growing interest in animals in different areas of Swedish health and social care. The social board of Sweden do not think the scientific foundation ad up and thus they won’t confirm other countries believes on the topic. Yet they have now approved it as a method and part of treatment in care of elderly people in which all is supported by Social Services Act. One could argue that society’s standards and the perceptions of these is what also creates the framework of social care, which then instruct us in how to perform our professional role as social workers . This could indicate a change in the way therapy dogs are viewed which raise question whether what standards might be different as well. By using critical discourse analysis supported of social constructivism as theory in viewing the Social Boards documents of this matter, we meant to examine the meaning of this fairly new method, how the Social Board of Sweden motivated and made it legit. Our result shows that it’s possible the demarcation criterion in social care are about to change which could be a reason till why this method has managed to get legit. Our analysis also points out the Social Board to intentionally use certain words, such as systematiskt kvalitetsarbete, different discourses and social practises to make therapy dogs more attractive. The Swedish geriatric care are considered unable to satisfy life quality of elderly people and it is because of that assumption the Social Board wants to examine if dogs could be the answer. So the meaning of this method not only lies in the practical answers of how it should be executed, but also has a political meaning due to an insufficient elderly care. (Less)
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author
Jansse, Nathalie LU and Nilsson, Rosanna
supervisor
organization
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SOPA63 20142
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Social work, therapy dog, elderly care, legitimization Socialt arbete, terapihund, äldreomsorg, legitimering
language
Swedish
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4995246
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2015-01-28 09:16:36
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  abstract     = {For some time Sweden has avoided the involvement of therapy dogs in health and social care. In spite of other countries who’s been using dogs for several years, Sweden has been sceptical of the alleged positive influence that dogs supposedly can have on humans. In countries like England, Austria and the US you can find educations on university level for dogs to be used when treating humans. Up until year 2014 the Swedish government haven’t supported the use of therapy dogs even though there has been a growing interest in animals in different areas of Swedish health and social care. The social board of Sweden do not think the scientific foundation ad up and thus they won’t confirm other countries believes on the topic. Yet they have now approved it as a method and part of treatment in care of elderly people in which all is supported by Social Services Act. One could argue that society’s standards and the perceptions of these is what also creates the framework of social care, which then instruct us in how to perform our professional role as social workers . This could indicate a change in the way therapy dogs are viewed which raise question whether what standards might be different as well. By using critical discourse analysis supported of social constructivism as theory in viewing the Social Boards documents of this matter, we meant to examine the meaning of this fairly new method, how the Social Board of Sweden motivated and made it legit. Our result shows that it’s possible the demarcation criterion in social care are about to change which could be a reason till why this method has managed to get legit. Our analysis also points out the Social Board to intentionally use certain words, such as systematiskt kvalitetsarbete, different discourses and social practises to make therapy dogs more attractive. The Swedish geriatric care are considered unable to satisfy life quality of elderly people and it is because of that assumption the Social Board wants to examine if dogs could be the answer. So the meaning of this method not only lies in the practical answers of how it should be executed, but also has a political meaning due to an insufficient elderly care.},
  author       = {Jansse, Nathalie and Nilsson, Rosanna},
  keyword      = {Social work,therapy dog,elderly care,legitimization Socialt arbete,terapihund,äldreomsorg,legitimering},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Är det orden som styrker när siffrorna saknas? : En diskursanalytisk studie om vårdhundar som insats inom äldreomsorgen},
  year         = {2015},
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