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"Vi bygger järnvägen medan vi åker på den": En studie om arbetsrelaterad stress inom socialtjänsten, enheten för ekonomiskt bistånd
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"We build the railway while we travel on it" : A study on occupational stress within social services in the unit of financial aid (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Occupational stress is a growing problem in caring professions, with consequences such as mental and physical ill health for the individual, which in turn can lead to increased long-term sick leave. Research shows that long-term sickness caused by mental illness can be associated with working conditions, where individuals who work in caring professions tend to be more vulnerable.

Aim: The aim with this study was to illuminate the social workers' experience of occupational stress within the unit of financial aid in the social service.

Method: A qualitative study was performed where six respondents participated in interviews. Content analysis was used to analyze the interviews. 

Results: Three themes emerged during the analysis; to feel pressure in the work situation, to feel support and to feel wellbeing. The result shows that workload and lack of time were factors that caused stress at work. A promoting factor was colleagues at work. Social workers experienced the tasks at work as meaningful but could sometimes feel insufficient.

Conclusion: The findings of this study point out that social workers experience stress at work and it affects their physical and mental health. This study wants to increase knowledge of occupational stress which can be a profit for social workers in the financial aid. Prevention can help social workers to improve their health and wellbeing. New findings in this study point out that social workers highlights the absence from work as a contributing factor to experience stress at work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Health risks, occupational stress, physical and mental health, prevention, social worker
National Category
Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11271Local ID: EVX500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11271DiVA: diva2:1130069
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Socialpsykiatrisk vård
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Available from: 2017-08-11 Created: 2017-08-08 Last updated: 2017-08-11Bibliographically approved

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