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  • 1.
    Aboutakah, Amna
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Shaat, Säloa
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    ''I Sverige har vi inte dukar på huvudet, de ska finnas på bord'': En kvalitativ studie om invandrarungdomars möte med rasism2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, we examine the everyday experiences immigrant youths from two youth activities in the suburb have about racism. To do this, we focused on two main areas, first how everyday racism inherent in young people's lives, and secondly how they deal with their experiences of racism. To be able to examine their experience have we done a qualitative research approach used by semi-structured interviews on seven young immigrants from the suburb. Our meta-theoretical perspective has been social-constructionism, with post-colonialism as the main theoretical basis. According to this we use the concepts ''the Other'' and stereotyping, which are applied to the material. The material has been encoded, thematized, categorized and analyzed on the basis of the above theoretical perspectives.

    Concluding remarks is that the racial story along with colonial values today characterize and affects the life of the young people living in the suburbs in a tangible way. This is mainly expressed through a perceived differentness and inequality between those who are racialized and those which are considered as the norm in society. That was depicted through two different forms, first through an experience of being categorized as '' the other '' and secondly by judged by stereotypes. These forms was actualized by the remains of the racial-doctrine, where the slave, and the animals were clearly visible, and also by a stereotyping by attributes like the beard, shawl, and the place suburb, which the result show that resulted in that young people is being regarded as eg suicide bombers, terrorists, and gangsters. Moreover, the results also show that the way to deal with racism was varied, but we have been able to categorize them in three main strategies: to try stay in safe areas, to stay away from racism in different ways (avoiding, removing, negotiating, adaptation), and to resist through group activities. Finally, we problemized and discusses how the immigrant youth experiences of racism directly or indirectly leads to social exclusion.

  • 2.
    Abrahamsson, Johan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Hjälp till hjälp: En kvalitativ studie om vägen till missbruksbehandling2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The present study has the qualitative research with the output of systems theory aimed to identify the individual abuser path to addiction treatment. Three semi-structured interviews have been conducted and subsequently analyzed.

    Addicts constitute a special category in the Social Services Act. In addition, it is to be found in the section of the law Chapter 3, 1 § (SFS 2001: 453) that the social outreach should make themselves familiar with the living conditions in the municipality. In addition, also provide information on social services in the municipality and through outreach activities and other means to promote conditions for good living conditions.

    Results have demonstrated that it is primarily the abuser's family members who support them to contact applicants as current treatment. The study has also revealed that although the addict in the first place not turned to social services, but turned to other instances.

    Respondents in the study all had individual agendas as applicable achieved abstinence. What, however, seemed significant among the participants has been a quest for better relationships with their family.

    Another of the study's conclusions is that social services should expand its dissemination of information to local residents about drug treatment are available and how the aid is designed.

  • 3.
    Abrahamsson, Lisa
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Grönlund, Mikaela
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Att arbeta med oförenliga mål: En studie om vardagens etiska dilemman och målkonflikter på demensboenden, med särskilt fokus på äldreomsorgens nationella värdegrund2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Äldreomsorgens nationella värdegrund - ett vägledningsmaterial” gavs ut 2012 av Socialstyrelsen i syfte att implementera en gemensam värdegrund i verksamheterna så att äldreomsorgen ska kunna bidra till att äldre känner välbefinnande och ett värdigt liv. Denna studie redogör för etiska dilemman och målkonflikter som undersköterskor uppgett att de ställts inför i det dagliga arbetet på demensboenden, samt en redogörelse för vilka värdeord som ges mer prioritet än andra. Detta har undersökts genom kvalitativa, semistrukturerade intervjuer med fem undersköterskor. Intervjuerna har bearbetats med hjälp av tematisk analys samt tolkats i förhållande till tidigare forskning, det salutogena synsättet och KASAM, med begreppen begriplighet, hanterbarhet, meningsfullhet och makt. I vår studie fann vi etiska dilemman förknippade både med kollegor, anhöriga och brukare. Även bristande resurser kunde begränsa måluppfyllelsen och kvaliteten på omsorgen. Av de värdeord i värdegrunden som vi har fokuserat på så stod de vanligaste målkonflikterna mellan självbestämmandet och den fysiska tryggheten eller mellan självbestämmandet och den personliga integriteten. Målkonflikterna uppstod främst när brukaren vägrar vård, exempelvis när denne inte vill ha hjälp med ADL1 eller ta sina mediciner. Resultatet visar även på att informanterna värderar självbestämmandet högt och i särskilda fall kan de använda någon form av skyddsåtgärd eller annan tvingande åtgärd för att bevara brukarens hälsa. Dock så är det ingen av informanterna som kan tänka sig att tvinga eller lura i sin brukare mediciner. En värdefull aspekt som framkommer i studien är de förebyggande åtgärder och arbetssätt som undersköterskorna tar till för att “få brukarna med sig” så att brukarna tar rationella beslut, och därmed undviks målkonflikter.   

  • 4.
    Adrian, Carina
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Puumala, Johanna
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "Vi ska få eleverna att komma hit hoppsaskuttande": En kvalitativ studie om gymnasieskolans arbete med psykisk ohälsa hos elever.2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of our study was to describe, compare and analyze how representatives from different professions in high school look upon their experiences of the schools work with helping students with mental health issues as well as preventing mental illness among the students. In our study we chose to use a qualitative approach by conducting interviews since we wanted to receive views from the representatives from different professions regarding the high schools work with mental illness. We interviewed six people who represented different professions in school and they worked at two different high schools. In the research we used it appears that collaboration and discretion were significant components regarding the schools work with mental illness. In our study we find that the Student Health Care have a central role in the work with mental illness among the students, but other professional groups seem to have an important role as well. The different professional groups collaborates in the work with mental illness and how collaboration function appears to affect the discretion of the professionals in their work.

  • 5.
    Ahlberg, Miina
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Persson, Linda
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Hbtq-perspektiv inom socialtjänsten: Bemötande och inklusion2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Our study aims to problematize and examine how social workers perceive social service treatment of clients who identify them self as LGBTQ. We have chosen to analyze the social workers´ answers based on a norm-critical and social constructivist perspective. The study is based on five interviews with employees working in social services with different target groups. We have examined how they relate to LGBTQ issues arising at work. We also explored whether social workers acquired a LGBTQ perspective and norm-critical approach through their initial training and any further training through their employment. The social workers emphasize that it is very important to treat the clients without preconceptions. In summary the results shows that the five social workers do have a willingness to work with LGBTQ issues and norm critical theories. But these issues get lower priority due to time constraints. They also expressed a desire for more knowledge and training in LGBTQ issues as this is something that is missing. However the social services require tools, knowledge, time and resources to be able to meet their clients' needs

  • 6.
    Aidermo, Josefin
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    När jag går till stallet kan jag slappna av och vara mig själv: En kvalitativ studie om unga kvinnors upplevelser av att hålla på med ridsport2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Inledning: Det finns relativt lite forskat kring ämnet om hur ridsport påverkar människor och speciellt hur den påverkar människor som är fysiskt och psykiskt friska. Utifrån det väcktes ett intresse i att undersöka hur en grupp unga kvinnor upplever sig påverkas av ridsporten utifrån ett salutogent perspektiv.  Syfte:  Syftet med föreliggande studie är att utifrån unga kvinnors perspektiv studera och analysera hur de påverkas och upplever sig utvecklas av att hålla på med ridsport samt se till vilken betydelse hästen har för dem. Vidare kommer deras upplevelser förstås utifrån begreppet känsla av sammanhang (KASAM).   Metod:  I föreliggande studie valdes kvalitativa semistrukturerade intervjuer utifrån att de ansågs kunna svara på syftet och forskningsfrågorna på bästa sätt. Intervjuerna spelades in och materialet har transkriberats för att senare kodas, tematiserats och summerats. Ett bekvämlighetsurval samt målinriktat urval användes och det genomfördes fyra stycken intressanta intervjuer med personer som har erfarenhet av att vara eller är aktiva inom ridsporten. Resultat:   Resultatet visar att ridsporten bidrar till en mängd positiva faktorer. Bland annat blir personerna lyckliga av att vara i stallet, de utvecklar personliga färdigheter i form av ansvarsförmågor, ledarskapsförmågor och ökat självförtroende. Det finns en stor gemenskap och hästen har en betydelsefull roll. Sett utifrån känsla av sammanhang bidrar ridsporten till känsla av meningsfullhet, hanterbarhet och begriplighet. Deras upplevelser av ridsporten kan förklaras utifrån KASAM-begreppet och de bidrar följaktligen till en ökad hälsa.  

  • 7.
    Alamaz, Gulsen
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Avdic, Jasmina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Arbetsmiljö och patientsäkerhet på äldreboende: En intervjustudie kring arbetsmiljön och dess påverkan på patientsäkerheten2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    It is a common problem among nursing assistants to work under difficult conditions in the nursing homes. They are exposed to stress which leads to an unhealthy workplace. According to several researches there is a high lack of patient safety in health care and this is a problem that is also found in nursing homes (Handler et al., 2006; SKL, 2011; Hughes & Lapane, 2006). The study's main purpose was to critically review the work environment deficiencies in nursing homes and how those affect patient safety. The questions used for the purpose of the study were: 1.Which are the failure causes of the work environment in nursing homes? 2. How do the workplace deficiencies in the nursing homes affect the patient safety? Six nursing assistants were interviewed in two different nursing homes. The study was conducted using a semi-structured interview guide, where the interview questions were divided into two main themes: work environment and patient safety. The material was collected from the interviews and processed by using thematic analysis. Four themes appeared: staff shortages, stress, lack of communication and written procedures. The results showed that staff shortages were the starting point for the other following factors, such as stress and lack of communication. Nursing assistants did not have the work procedure guidelines or safe work instructions. The conclusion was that the organization has a vital role in how the work environment and patient safety will develop in the future. To strengthen and create an effective health and social care the leadership is likely the key in improvement of structure and communication in the work environment of nursing assistants.

  • 8.
    Alampay, Liane Pena
    et al.
    Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines..
    Godwin, Jennifer
    Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, USA..
    Lansford, Jennifer E.
    Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, USA..
    Bombi, Anna Silvia
    Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy..
    Bornstein, Marc H.
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, MD, USA..
    Chang, Lei
    University of Macau, China..
    Deater-Deckard, Kirby
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA..
    Di Giunta, Laura
    Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
    Dodge, Kenneth A.
    Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy, USA..
    Malone, Patrick S.
    Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy, USA..
    Oburu, Paul
    Maseno University, Kenya..
    Pastorelli, Concetta
    Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy..
    Skinner, Ann T.
    Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy, USA.
    Sorbring, Emma
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Tapanya, Sombat
    Chiang Mai University, Thailand..
    Uribe Tirado, Liliana M.
    Universidad San Buenaventura, Colombia..
    Zelli, Arnaldo
    University of Rome Foro Italico, Italy..
    Al-Hassan, Suha M.
    Hashemite University, Jordan, and Emirates College for Advanced Education, UAE..
    Bacchini, Dario
    Second University of Naples, Italy..
    Severity and justness do not moderate the relation between corporal punishment and negative child outcomes: A multicultural and longitudinal study2017In: International Journal of Behavioral Development, ISSN 0165-0254, E-ISSN 1464-0651, Vol. 41, no 4, 491-502 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is strong evidence of a positive association between corporal punishment and negative child outcomes, but previous studies have suggested that the manner in which parents implement corporal punishment moderates the effects of its use. This study investigated whether severity and justness in the use of corporal punishment moderate the associations between frequency of corporal punishment and child externalizing and internalizing behaviors. This question was examined using a multicultural sample from eight countries and two waves of data collected one year apart. Interviews were conducted with 998 children aged 7–10 years, and their mothers and fathers, from China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Thailand, and the United States. Mothers and fathers responded to questions on the frequency, severity, and justness of their use of corporal punishment; they also reported on the externalizing and internalizing behavior of their child. Children reported on their aggression. Multigroup path models revealed that across cultural groups, and as reported by mothers and fathers, there is a positive relation between the frequency of corporal punishment and externalizing child behaviors. Mother-reported severity and father-reported justness were associated with child-reported aggression. Neither severity nor justness moderated the relation between frequency of corporal punishment and child problem behavior. The null result suggests that more use of corporal punishment is harmful to children regardless of how it is implemented, but requires further substantiation as the study is unable to definitively conclude that there is no true interaction effect.

  • 9.
    Alchahin, Maria-Arbil
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Karim, Shahla
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Ett nytt land: En kvalitativ studie om syriska emigranter i Sverige2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In recent times there has been a lot of debate on Syrian refugees who have immigrated to Sweden. The armed conflict in Syria is now in its fourth year. At least 120 000 people have died. The conflict has forced 9 million Syrians to flee and out of them 6.5 million are IDPs.

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the integration process of the Syrian immigrants, who have lived in Sweden for at least two years. We wanted to find out how they had experienced their first time in Sweden, how they perceive the support from the Swedish society and the factors that have had an impact on their wellbeing.

    In this essay we have used a qualitative method. Data was collected through interviews which dealt with the integration process based on Syrian immigrants´ perspective. To our interviews, we used an interview guide and we picked out three women and two men between the age 20 to 45 years.

    The theoretical basis was based on Bourdieu's habitus, Olkiewiczs (2008) assimilatory and nostalgic groups and Franzens (1997) constructive and destructive patterns.

    Our results showed that the first time in Sweden was considered as a very difficult period for our informants. This was partly because of the fear of not being offered a Swedish residence permit, in turn this caused feelings of uncertainty in the refugee camps. They told us that the economy has not been a major problem, however, they were unhappy with that lack of consideration about their mental illness after the terrible experiences in their past. Some important aspects of feeling part of the community participant in the community were language skills, knowledge of Swedish culture and access to employment.

    Through our results, we can draw the conclusions that social and political measures must be taken with regard to the integration process. The first thing you should do is to improve immigrants´ access to psychological treatment, since mental illness has had the biggest impact on their integration. At the same time we concluded that our informants need support from the community, in order to facilitate the conditions that they believe will improve their well-being. Successful integration should be built on the interaction between society and the immigrant, in order to be able to adapt to the society, and this is a fundamental condition for promoting the immigrants´ roles in society.

  • 10.
    Alexandersson, Jenny
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Vikten att vara en bra boendecoach: En studie om hur personal på HVB-hem arbetar med empowerment och delaktighet för att förbereda ensamkommande ungdomar till ett självständigt liv.2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studien har i avsikt att undersöka hur personalen på HVB-hem arbetar för ensamkommande ungdomar och hur personalen förbereder dem för ett självständigt liv, med hjälp av empowerment och delaktighet. För att få en djupare förståelse utifrån personalens perspektiv valde vi att använda oss av kvalitativ metod, där vi gjorde fem semistrukturerade intervjuer av anställda på tre olika HVB-hem. För att analysera empirin utgick vi från Lindgren (2015) analysmetod "the constant comparative method". Resultatet som gestaltas visar på att personal lägger stor vikt vid relationer till ungdomarna, samt att motivationsarbete och delaktighet finns i det mesta som görs. Genom att använda empowerment ökades ungdomarnas självständighet genom motivation och stöd. Dessutom med hjälp av delaktighet som verktyg kunde man få ungdomarna bli aktiva och på så vis bli mer självständiga i vardagliga arbetssysslor. Vi drog slutsats om att genom delaktighet fick man empowerment och vice versa. I resultatet kunde vi även se att personalen fungerade som en pålitlig och trygg vuxen i ungdomarnas närhet. Vi fann dessutom ett samband mellan självkänsla och självständighet, kunde ungdomen öka sin självkänsla ökades även deras självständighet.

  • 11.
    Alleborg, Sandra
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "Det sociala är ju goare än maten många gånger": En studie kring ytliga samtal och sociala gemenskaper för äldre.2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study was to illustrate and analyze the occurrence and meaning of superficial conversation for senior citizens. The purpose was also to investigate what meaning superficial conversations can have regarding everyday life for the elderly and if it can contribute in creating social communities. Based on the objective of the study the following questions were formed: How can superficial conversations be described and what can be conveyed in these conversations? Of what importance is the place in creating superficial conversation? How can superficial conversation in conjunction with the place contribute to establishing social communities for the elderly? The study has a qualitative approach and the scientifically theoretical standpoint is critical realism. The empirical material has been gathered from a municipally driven diner. Seven participating observations has been conducted, where around four informal interviews have been conducted for every observation session. Furthermore four formal interviews were conducted; these have been qualitative interviews; a combination of semistructured and unstructured interviewing. Field notes were taken in conjunction to the observations and all formal interviews have been transcribed. The respondents are men in the ages 40-90 years old, living alone in private properties. The results of the study demonstrates that there are developed social relations at the restaurant which can be categorized as thin ties. The results also display how these social relations are expressed and the meaning of these thin ties in relation to the place. The results have been analyzed in relation to the studies theoretical framework and previous research. The conclusion is that the superficial conversation has a deeper meaning as a means for the elderly to create social communities. It also shows that the place is important, both in itself but also in conjunction with superficial conversation to help create these communities. The place is a contributing factor in the development of thin ties and superficial conversation nourishes this development and keeps these social relations alive. An increased understanding regarding the importance of superficial conversation would facilitate the social pedagogical work for finding new ways of preventing social exclusion and in the development of social meeting places for elderly people.

  • 12.
    Almqvist, Karolina
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Karlsson, Pernilla
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Det ska va gôtt å leva: En studie om betydelsen av att delta i en framtidsverkstad2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 13.
    Almroth, Madelene
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Mällinen, Laila
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Att vara frisk, så länge man är frisk, då känns det okej!: En kvalitativ livskvalitetsstudie bland äldre boende i särskilt boende2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to examine elderly´s, residents of nursing homes, feeling and experience of their own Quality of Life by examining their sense of well-being, satisfaction and happiness. The questions for this study was "What promotes and prevents the feeling and the experience of Quality of Life in elderly", "In what context and with whom perceive elderly high Quality of Life" and "How has the feeling and perception of Quality of Life changed after they moved to a nursing home". The choice of terms, well-being, satisfaction and happiness, has been made from Bengt Brüldes mixed Quality of Life theory. The Study is thus based on Brüldes theory ant thoughts about life and how Quality of Life can be examined.

    The study has a qualitative approach, in which semi-structured interviews were conducted with six elderly living in nursing homes in a small community. The analysis was done according to DePoy and Gitlins four thought and action processes of qualitative analysis. An inductive approach was used where categories, taxonomies and themes were picked up. The categories that emerged were primarily health, meaningful relationships and social interaction with others. Other categories that emerged were help/support, security/unsecurity, economy and humility.

    The study shows similar results to previous research projects nationally and internationally. The similarities that emerged is that good health is a contributing factor to an increased feeling and perception of Quality of Life, but also the importance of close and good relationships with family and friends. Furthermore, informants raised the importance of good living conditions so as economy. Nevertheless informants lift the importance of extracurricular activities but also past experience of life. What emerged as the most interesting in the analysis is our interpretation of the elderly as humble, which can affect their sense and experience of their own Quality of Life if their humbleness affect their ability to ask for help and support.

    Due to the findings of the study we are of the meaning that its of importance in social work with elderly to maintain and promote the feeling and perception of Quality of Life among elderly living in nursing homes. This is based on the analysis where our interpretation suggests that elderly's humility may affect their feeling and experience of individual Quality of Life negatively.

  • 14.
    Ampem, Daniel Kwame Baidoo
    et al.
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Spante, Maria
    University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
    Reaching Out, Tuning in: On the Problematic Information Structure Hindering Connection between Socially Engaged Organizations and Refugees in the Municipality of Trollhättan2017In: Uddevalla Symposium 2017: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies: Revised papers first presented at the 20th Uddevalla Symposium 15-17 June, 2017, Trollhättan, Sweden / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2017, 21-28 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The recent refugee crises have caused newcomers to settle in different municipalities in Sweden. Different municipalities respond differently to the situations that arise from an increased number of refugees waiting for decisions from the Swedish Migration Agency regarding residence permit. Such variation in response also affects how refugees can access relevant information about activities and initiatives available in the designated municipality while waiting. This study investigated how stakeholders' in the municipality of Trollhättan experienced their possibilities to spread information about their activities targeting refugees. A particular interest was on what kind of activities stakeholders provided, problems they face in reaching out to refugees, and opinions on using technology usage for outreach. Seven stakeholders in Trollhättan municipality were included in the study; a private company, the municipal employment office, a university and four nonprofit organizations. Findings suggest that stakeholders did arrange various types of initiatives but it was hard for refugees placed in Trollhättan to get access to these local initiatives. Stakeholders wanted to reach out to as many refugees as possible but they have a hard time doing so. The study concluded that information access of stakeholders activities is a major problem for refugees in Trollhättan. In order to address the dispersed and hard-to-find information from the varied stakeholders, a mobile app was suggested as a solution to the information problem in order to create a digital cental place for stakeholder initiatives and information spread. These initiatives, if known about, could create a more active and varied everyday life for refugees awaiting decisions from the migration board. For stakeholders to reach out with information of planned activities and for refugees to be able to tunein to these possibilities becomes particularly important in municipalities where refugees are dispersed in various kinds of locations, rather than living in largec amps.

  • 15.
    Andersson, Carola
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Larsson, Lena
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    När livet förlorar sin mening: Diakonens upplevelse av arbete med människor i kris och sorg2012Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Diakoner är en av de yrkesgrupper som möter människor när de drabbats av det ofattbara och därför befinner sig i kris och sorg.Vårt syfte med denna studie har varit att undersöka vilkasociala stödinsatser Svenska kyrkan,och då särskilt diakonerna, kan erbjuda samt hur diakonerna upplever sitt arbete med människor i kris och sorg.

    Vi harutgåttfrån två frågeställningar:

    1.Vilka sociala stödinsatser kan diakoner iSvenska kyrkan erbjuda vid kris-och sorgebearbetning.

    2.         Hur upplever diakonerna sin roll och sitt arbete med människor i kris och sorg?

    Vår empiri samlades in med hjälp av kvalitativa intervjuer med åtta diakoner i sex olika västsvenska församlingar. I analysen av vår studie har vi utgått från Antonovsky's teori om KASAM, känsla av sammanhang. Resultatet av studien visade att diakonerna kan erbjuda en mängd stödinsatser vid krissituationer. Dessa insatser är främst av medmänsklig karaktär och tar sig praktiskt uttryck genom personlig närvaro och samtal. Vidare visade resultatet att dessa stödinsatser var av stor vikt för konfidenterna, och att detta i sin tur skapade en känsla av meningsfullhet hos diakonerna.

  • 16.
    Andersson, Emelie
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Arvhage, Alexandra
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    I nöd och lust: En socialpedagogisk studie av äldre gifta anhörigvårdares upplevelse av stöd.2012Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Studiens syfte är att undersöka hur anhörigvårdare över 65 år som vårdar en partner i hemmet upplever stöd från olika nätverksaktörer, som t.ex. familj, vänner och professionella. För att kunna besvara frågeställningarna har det gjorts åtta kvalitativa intervjuer med två män och sex kvinnor som har varierad kontakt med det kommunala anhörigstödet. Studien och följande analys utgår ifrån nätverks- och socialt stöd teorier.

    Studiens resultat visar att upplevelser av stöd varierar hos anhörigvårdare, beroende på hur deras relationer till nätverket ser ut och hur tillgängliga dessa relationer upplevs vara. Det är viktigt att behålla betydande relationer i nätverket eftersom dessa ger stöd på olika sätt. Motivet bakom valet att vårda partnern i hemmet beror på olika orsaker, till exempel att de vill ställa upp för sin maka/make för att man känner samhörighet efter ett liv tillsammans. För att klara vardagen och rollen som anhörigvårdare, har strategier utvecklats för att skapa mening. Vår slutsats är att anhörigvårdare är i behov av stöd för att orka och klara av sin situation. Samhället har en viktig roll att stötta upp i de fall där det informella nätverket sviktar eller saknas. Ett sätt att underlätta tillvaron för anhörigvårdare kan vara att berörd personal får mer kunskap om anhörigvårdarens upplevelse av stöd och huruvida de upplever ömsesidighet i vårdandet eller inte.

  • 17.
    Andersson, Katrin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Martinsson, Maria
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Ensamkommande barns integration in i det svenska samhället: ur myndighets- och organisationsperspektiv2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to examine and analyze how different agencies and organizations are acting to integrate unaccompanied children in Swedish society after they received a residence permit/asylum. The method that were used was a qualitative approach and includes three interviews and two documents. The analysis that were used was thematic analysis and qualitative content analysis. The theoretical framework consisted of the concepts of integration, marginalization and socialization. The results revealed seven themes that were to promote integration, employment, children's own participation, religion and culture, opinions,

    participation and knowledge of obligations. In what came up in the concluded was that good man, feeling a participatory and hold an employment promoted integration were important factors for the unaccompanied children. The religion emerged partly be a limitation and an opportunity for the individual integration. The rights and obligation of the produced included the participation in his asylum case and an opportunity to influence this, organizations and government agencies are obliged to take responsibility for creating a functional integration.

  • 18.
    Andersson, Li
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Medling: En diskursanalys av socialstyrelsens rapport om medling2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to explore how mediation activities in Sweden is made by a Swedish authority. It's about how the participants mention mediation, and how the need for changes that are around mediation as a tool in crime prevention works. My two questions is about how actors view mediation and what it takes for mediation to work between all levels within the various authorities. Through the work I have used the concept of restorative justice and demonstrated how it differs from the retributive justice. Restorative justice is about how to repair an injury, which is one of mediation purposes and where the perpetrator and victim are given the opportunity to meet in mediation. The retributive justice involves the offender and the victim meeting in the courtroom.

    I have used the Social Board report "

    Mediation in crime for young offenders". It is about how local government works with mediation, but is also an analysis of the need to support mediation activities. The report highlights the problem areas and the way to success.

    The method I used is Michel Foucault's discourse analysis. The result of the analysis is about the discourses I find in the report .What I would like to show is that mediation is portrayed as both an opportunity and a problem. I find a comprehensive need of discourse, a discourse of knowledge and an administrative discourse .Then I also present an economic discourse that is not as clear as the other discoursers, and obligations and rights within discourses.

  • 19.
    Andersson, Marie
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Lundell, Catharina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Men lyssna på mig! Jag känner mitt barn bäst...: Upplevelsen av bemötandets betydelse för anhöriga till barn med neuropsykiatrisk funktionsnedsättning2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to describe and seek understanding of how relatives to children with neuropsychiatric disabilities experience the treatment from professionals in social services. The focus is on the knowledge and relational aspects that can be said to form the basis of professionals' treatment expertise. To illustrate these questions about treatment can inspire discussions that there should be a deeper ethical awareness among the professionals. That awareness provides a richer understanding of the relatives’ situation and an insight into what good treatment is all about, which also seeks more and more in today's welfare society. The issues which the study is based on are: How do the relatives describe the concept of treatment? How important are the professionals knowledge in the field neuropsychiatric disorders, for the relatives experience of treatment? How important are the professionals ability to create a relationship, for the relatives experience of treatment? The method used in the study has a qualitative approach and is based on focus group interviews. The selected theoretical key concept was symbolic interactionism, which together with the concept of treatment and explains and analyzes the treatments significance of the interaction between the individual and professional. The result is presented, analyzed and reflected upon using the study's theoretical key concepts and previous research. The result of the study demonstrates that the informants experience the treatment from the professional as inadequate, as it does not match the informants’ descriptions of the concept of treatment. The result also shows that the informants experience that the professionals do not have direct knowledge of neuropsychiatric disorders. The result illustrates that all informants experience that they are not being listened to and that the informants feel powerless. The result shows that the informants experience that the premise of being able to create a relationship with the professional has not been shown, that is because as the informants denounce that they had to change social workers on several occasions. The conclusion is that professionals’ knowledge in the field of neuropsychiatric disabilities and professionals ability to create a relationship is very important for the relatives’ experience of treatment

  • 20.
    Andersson, Mattias
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Sundemo, Markus
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Identitetsstärkande lösningar på hemmaplan2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The background to our research is a common interest in adolescent identity development. We have found no previous studies of how home solutions can contribute to a positive identity development so we considered it interesting to do such a study. The purpose of the research is based on a staff point of view to increase understanding of the meaning to the work with home solutions when it comes to taking advantage of and strengthen young people's positive identity processes. In order to answer this purpose, we have chosen to problematize questions about how identity formation takes place in their activities and how they with home solutions can strengthen these young people in a positive direction.

    We have used a social constructionist point of view throughout this research. To collect our material we have done six individual qualitative interviews that have been analyzed and processed using a qualitative content analysis. Our results shows that the staff group describes identity as socially constructed with and by the individuals context. They also describe that home solutions can contribute to a stronger identity development through their work, their view of man and ways of being. Our interpretation and conclusion is that the staff considers their work with home solutions contributes to influence young people's identity development in a positive direction. Since our study has a staff point of view it would be interesting to do further research on a youth perspective.

  • 21.
    Andersson, Sofie
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Angefred, Kristina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    En kvalitativ studie om behandling av missbruk med naturläkemedlet Ibogain2010Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to investigate if the naturally occurring substance Ibogaine could be a good treatment for substance abuse. In order to answer this question, qualitative interviews have been performed with five persons who have been subject to Ibogain treatment and one psychologist/psychotherapist at an addiction treatment clinic, Lars Lundell.

    In addition to these interviews an Ibogaine treatment clinic located in London has been visited. At the clinic an observational study of the treatment was carried out as well as interviews with the responsible physician Dr Brackenridge one of his patients, named Will in this paper. The perspective of this study is substance abuse treatment with Ibogaine based on the informants experiences and our own observations.

    The interviews have been formed based on the following three questions:

    1. How is a treatment carried out?

    2. How have their lives been affected by the Ibogain treatment?

    3. What are the informant’s views on Ibogain treatment?

    The analysis was made looking for similarities and dissimilarities in the informants answers, divided into the three previously described questions. This information was subsequently interpreted using literature, observations and our own thoughts.

    The study shows that among the informants there is an almost unanimous opinion that without the Ibogaine treatment they would not be alive today.

    The study clearly shows that the informants feel that they have a much better quality of life after the treatment. The conclusion of this study is that Ibogaine can be a successful treatment for substance abuse.

  • 22.
    Andersson, Sofie
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Royson, Carolina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Mellan Himmel och Helvete: En studie om stöd för anhöriga till någon med ett kemiskt beroende2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    1,3 million people in the Swedish society are estimated to be a relative to someone with achemical dependency. Consistent research has repeatedly found evidence that living in these circumstances can precede devastating consequences and that support may be required for the relatives to improve their situation. Even though the situation of relatives is world wide neglected and the support that's given is inadequate in many cases.The purpose with this study was to, on the basis of relatives' experiences; analyze the need for support of the adult relatives to persons with chemical dependency and relate this to what kind of support the community offers. Using semi-structured qualitative interviews, we took part of four family members' stories about how it mightbe like to live besides someone with a chemical dependency and what support they considered necessary to manage their situation.The theoretical starting point was based on the Coping theory with the related concepts of constructive/destructive coping and the concept of social support. These were used to analyze possible underlying causes of need for support and what both professional and informal support may mean. Our result showed that the relatives, because of the family member's dependency had embraced destructive behaviours and that several forms of support had been significant for them in the process to change their situation. We also found that the relatives needed the society to pay attention to them as a group. They had experienced that several professional help-organizations were in the lack of enough knowledge to help the mand felt that the range of support were insufficient. We think that a greater knowledge about what the situation can implicate for the relatives of chemical dependent persons needs to be lifted in every service area and that resources need to be added on developing more support facilities.

  • 23.
    Andersson, Åsa
    University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture. University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Division of Health and Culture.
    Knife in the Heart: Suburban mythology in the new post-industrial order2010In: (Re)searching Gothenburg: Essays on a Changing City / [ed] Holgersson, Helena m. fl., Göteborg: Glänta produktion , 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Andersson, Åsa
    University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Division of Health and Culture.
    Nya etniciteter, det mångkulturella och synkretiska strategier2008In: Meningsskapande och delaktighet: Om vår tids socialpedagogik, Göteborg: Daidalos , 2008, 83-103 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Andersson, Åsa
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Beckman, Anita
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Psychology and organization studies.
    Young and working-class without work2016In: Nordic Youth Research Symposium: Youth Moves – Voices – Spaces – Subjectivities, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2016, 41-41 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper discusses narratives from young unemployed working class men and women, living in a small Swedish town located outside the emerging economic regions. Like in many other European countries the rate of unemployment among youth is disproportionally high in Sweden. The empirical work the study is based on consists of a sample of in-depth interviews with men and women in the ages of 19-24, conducted during 2014. The main research question of the study is about how young unemployed people experience and reflect upon their own situation. Industrial societies have turned post-industrialand this is reflected in the social structure of the communities that for decades used to be dominated by industries and smaller factories. The labor market has undergone major structural changes during the last four decades. Since the cultural and social identity of the working class traditionally has been closely connected to an intergenerational continuity where foundational elements are defined by work and a belonging to the local community, the situation of unemployment means that the identities as well as the community are forced to be reimagined. The narratives from the young men and women in our study can be seen to reflect social and cultural changes that have taken place on a structural level concerning the labor market, the education system and alsothe changed conditions for the formation of social identities. We make use of Margaret Archers concepts contextual discontinuity and contextual incongruity in understanding and discussing these tendencies.

  • 26.
    Andersson, Åsa
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. Göteborgs universitet.
    Beckman, Anita
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Young Working-Class Men Without Jobs: Reimagining Work and Masculinityin Postindustrial Sweden2017In: Masculinity, Labour,and Neoliberalism: Working-Class Men in International Perspective / [ed] Charlie Walker & Steven Roberts (Eds), Cham: Springer Publishing Company, 2017, 101-123 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Anderström, David
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Missbrukets diskurser: en kvalitativ diskursanalys av tre arbetsområden2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 28.
    Andreasson, Kristin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Ottosson, Theréce
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    [Men det är ju så det borde vara...]: en kvalitativ studie om sex unga kvinnors förhållande till kvinnlighet2010Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to try to identify what young women see as typically female and how this affects them as individuals, focusing on the female body. How free or limited do they consider themselves to respond to prevailing ideals of beauty, to men and other women. Our questions are how young women construct femininity through the body and why? We do this by using a holistic gender perspective and with the help of key theoretical concepts; gender, normative femininity, heteronormativity, performance, freedom/power and the female body,. We have had a qualitative approach and we have done interviews with six girls in secondary school age. The material is processed and analyzed on the basis of the IPA model, which aims to build themes from the interviews. The themes we have stressed in the study are: Female with large F, To find balance, I want to be unique... (but in the right way), Get a good boyfriend and learn to socialize with girls, To be something for everyone and desire after impossibility and the road ahead. By letting our informant´s voices be made visible in our analysis, we have been able to answer the question of how they experience their own construction of femininity. What becomes visible in the analysis is the great knowledge and awareness which are among the girls on this subject. This shows the complexity that exists around young women today. More conclusions that can be drawn is that whichever way the woman construct her femininity gives different degrees of social status. Lack of freedom is not about the limited possibilities for action it is rather the impact the effectiveness of the choices made and the awareness of those who provide the experience of not being free. 

     

  • 29.
    Angser, Evelina
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Schadewitz, Cristina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "Kriminalvårdares erfarenheter av intagna mödrar och medföljande barn": En kvalitativ studie om kriminalvårdares erfarenheter av att arbeta med frihetsberövade kvinnor och deras medföljande barn2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A qualitative study of the experience of correctional treatment specialists working with incarcerated women and their accompanying children

    As children living with their incarcerated parent in correctional treatment, is in Sweden a relatively undiscovered area, we wanted to examine the experience of correctional treatment specialists working with these mothers and children.

    The purpose of the study was to analyse and discuss the experience of correctional treatment specialists working with incarcerated mothers and their children. The purpose was also to examine and discuss how the specialists at the institution characterise their potential resources to treat and support these mothers and children.

    This qualitative study was conducted by collecting experience through interviews. We conducted nine semi-structured interviews with correctional treatment specialists at an institution in southern Sweden during one week. We deploy the methodology of critical hermeneutics to examine the collected data and theoretically we subscribe to the attachment theory and the principles of social pedagogy.

    Our major discovery is a lack of resources among correctional treatment specialists in relation to incarcerated mothers and their children. Some are concerned that the older children are under stimulated and lose the social interaction and stimulation of the outside world. Even though these concerns are not fully applied to infants, having children at the institution is in all cases motivated by the attachment theory. According to the correctional treatment specialists having children with their incarcerated mothers is better than the alternative separation between the mothers and their children.

    We also found that the question of having children at the institution or not, might not have been an issue if mother and child were perceived as a unit. The result clearly shows that the individual needs of the children and their mothers respectively, are not considered separately and therefore not provided for. Consequently the mothers are prevented from participating in treatment and education, reducing their penalty to preventive detention or simply "doing time". Meanwhile the older children are at risk of being under stimulated and losing out on social interaction with other children, and stimulation adapted to their needs. For infants the issue does not seem to be as great.

    The result also shows a lack of resources for treating and supporting mothers and children at the institution. There is a requirement among the correctional treatment specialists for a resource specialised in children and families, which would have resolved many of the issues the specialists are currently expected to manage in relation to the mothers and their children.

  • 30.
    Annerhäll, Madeleine
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Videfur, Mia
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Allt skulle vara så perfekt: Om kvinnor som levt med en partner med missbruksproblematik.2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to examine how women who have lived with a partner with substance abuse problems described their situation. The study had a qualitative approach and the method used in the study was semi-structured interviews where five women participated.

    The analytical method used was content analyzes and the interviews were analyzed by relevant research and the social psychological perspective. Our results demonstrate that those developing a co-dependency have some form of dysfunction in the primary family. This is consistent with previous research in the area. The result also shows that women who lived in such relationships develop different strategies to cope with their lives, some were conscious and some were not. These strategies developed by the emotional impact that arose from living with an addictive partner. The dominant characteristics that the respondents expressed were stress, worry and anxiety. The dominant strategy was to try to control to reduce the emotional stress. The women described their relationships with a duality, both euphoric and destructive. The study results can lead to increased knowledge which may contribute to a greater understanding of people with a history of drug use consequences. This situation may lead to that those who are in such relationships faster can get support and they can understand that they are not alone. The increased knowledge can also reduce the taboo coating substance abuse problems.

  • 31.
    Arifi, Kaltrina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Muslimska kvinnor: en kvalitativ studie om muslimska kvinnors uppfattning av jämlikhet i ett västerländskt land2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    I used qualitative interviews and interviewed five informants to gain a deeper understanding of Muslim women and Muslim perception of equality in a Western country. To be able to answer my questions, I used the thematic approach. My results showed three different themes. What I came up with is that Muslim women's perception of equality in a Western country experienced differently. The informants saw their own religion as something very significant. Religion provides a freedom to move outdoors, education, work and so on. What may be the premise to be Muslim woman is that one must have some garments to be able to move around in public. Some informants claim that Islam has a very important role but in very different ways in different individuals. It was important to emphasize that religion arranges rights for them. Different household chores like cooking and taking care of the kids have nothing to do with Islam but more about culture and tradition. One of the reasons may be that you meet different people who have different views, different interpretations when it comes to the various religious standards, especially woman's roles. This leads on to the women begin to embrace the new changes that take place and the different processes that occur question about just woman's ways of life. It parted widely across informants when it came to certain issues. Some informants could not understand or accept certain things in religion. What all informants agreed was that family life was very important because it is even safe zone. The informants also mentioned that gender roles are still with some families where the woman is at home and the husband is out of work. But the process of globalization has led some religious interpretations have been made, one example is some Muslim women have been able to go out to work and that man has been able to take on more responsibilities at home. In some informants put one family in the first place and themselves in the alternative, if the family was safe, it was them too it. This was something that most of the informants mentioned. The informants rely more on their surroundings than themselves. If one is in a certain way, as expected by others, it leads to you getting good responses and this response is very important for the environment.

  • 32.
    Arkenfjärd, Emelie
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Westerfjärd, Emelie
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "man måste göra det, annars så dör man": En kvalitativ studie om ensamkommande barn2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    The year 2013 applied 3852 unaccompanied asylum in Sweden. Sweden is one of the countries in Europe where they have the highest number of asylum seeking unaccompanied children. The municipality is responsible for accommodation, reception, support and care for these children. They are not a homogeneous group but everyone has their own story and experience from both the escape and during the asylum process. Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate what unaccompanied children experienced the key to managing the process of escaping from home and the asylum process in Sweden from a coping perspective. Method: The method used in this study is qualitative approach. Data collection was done by nine semi-structured interviews. Results: The results presented various important factors in the exodus from their homeland and also during the asylum process. The most central of the respondents was to have a set goal. The results also showed the importance of the family and to have faith in the future. It was also important to know a meaningfulness which might look differently. During the asylum process was the key to activate themselves, be with friends, school, and to learn the Swedish language. Swedish language was described as very important to feel involved to influence their situation and to get a sense of belonging

  • 33.
    Arvidsson, Ellen
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Eriksson Bokrot, Frida
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Det är aldrig barnets fel: En kvalitativ studie av hur stödgruppshandledaren talar om sin egen roll, metoden och det enskilda barnet2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This is a qualitative study designed to investigate how professional support group leaders talk about their role as supervisor of support groups for children and adolescents with problematic home situations. We also examine how these supervisors talk about the method they use and how they talk about the individual child. We have chosen critical discourse analysis to help us explore if there are different ways to talk about these territories. Our questions are:

    • How does the support group leader talk about his role?
    • How does the support group leader talk about the method?
    • How does the support group leader talk about the individual child?

    The theories we have chosen to use in the analysis of our material is Aaron Antonovsky's Sense of Coherence and social constructivism. We have, as mentioned, chosen to do a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews conducted with seven active support group leaders at three different support group organizations. We transcribed the interviews and coded them separately and then went through the coded material together. The analytical method we have chosen is discourse analysis focusing on Norman Fairclough´s critical discourse analysis. Along with Fairclough´s three-dimensional model, we analyzed the interviews at the following levels: text practice, discursive practice and social practice. Based on our purpose and our questions we managed to distinguish six different discourses, within each territory we found two discourses that stood in contrast to each other. In the territory "How the support group leader talks about his own role," we found the knowledge discourse and the playful discourse. In the territory "How the support group leader talks about the method" we were able to discern a discourse view of the method as complete and a view of the method as adaptable. In the territory "How the support group leader talks about the individual child" we found the discourse about the perception of the child as a subject and the perception of the child as an object. These discourses were put together to constitute two discourse chains which showed two different orientations of the support group leader. We then analyzed these discourse chains our theories and questioned them based on how the two different types of leader’s we located could affect the method’s design and the children participating in support groups. The study concludes with a part in which we compare our results with earlier research within this field followed by suggestions for further research.

  • 34.
    Axellie, Jacob
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Gustavsson, Patrik
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Ansvaret för den andre: En kvalitativ studie om ungas syn på kollektivt och individuellt ansvar2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate young people's views on responsibility to the individual and society. It is hoped that the study will increase understanding of individual and collective responsibility and how this approach to responsibility is influenced by an individualistic ethos. The study's inquires were;

    - What is the young adults conception of a collective responsibility today?

    - Are the young experiencing a responsibility to the other in an individualized society?

    To investigate this, we used Bauman's thoughts on the individualized society, and Buaman & Donskis theories of moral blindness. We also make use of Nicolas Rose governmentality to see the individual's relationship to, and the influence of society. And Giddens' theories of life politics and Third Way politics.

    We have carried out six qualitative research interviews to investigate this. The interviews were interpreted with a phenomenological / hermeneutic approach, to analyze them, we use "the constant comparative method" as an analytical tool . The sample was made up of young people aged 20-25 years, we pursued an equal gender balance, and we did not take into account some other selection premises.

    The results showed that the informants had a fairly uniform view about collective responsibility, it was important to help those who were worse off than themselves. It was difficult to see the significance of their personal responsibility to the other, it was rather society's collective responsibility to ensure a fully functioning welfare where everyone has the opportunity to get help. We found no one who had a clear individualistic thought about the perception of responsibility. We believe this may be because the informants have been marked by the country's previous political history that still influences a general valuation on a collective responsibility

  • 35.
    Backelin, Anna
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Lejdström, Pontus
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Att fånga upp elever i en unik arena: Förutsättningar för skolpersonal att uppmärksamma och arbeta med elever på högstadiet som lever under hedersrelaterat våld och förtryck2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of our study was to get to know the conditions for detecting and working with pupils who live with honour related violence and oppression in a secondary school in Sweden. More specific we were interested in the perspective of school staff, which we collected with semistructured interviews in a small Swedish municipality. Our study was conducted partly in cooperation with the municipality where the school was located. In order to gain a deeper understanding of our object of study, the conditions for detection of and working with pupils that live with honour related violence and oppression expressed by school staff. We used psychological and physical tools, and the zone of proximal development from a culturalhistorical psychology as scientific concepts. These concepts also helped us to present our findings in a more effective way. Our findings pointed to three areas of contact where different professions could detect, get connected and start a relationship with a pupil who might live with honour related violence and oppression. These three areas were identified as each having some different opportunities and conditions regarding the possibility to detect and successively work with this group of pupils. Our findings also point to the need for education about honour related problems for school staff, especially the teachers who were noted to be a group in need of knowledge regarding these issues. One important condition in working with pupils living with honour related violence and oppression was the need for clear rolls of responsibility and knowing who to contact in certain situations.

  • 36.
    Beckman, Anita
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
    Andersson, Åsa
    Göteborgs universitet.
    "Jag skulle så jätte, jätte, jättegärna vilja ha ett fast jobb att gå  till": om att vara ung och arbetslös i Västervik2017Report (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Beijer, Fanny
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Rydbeck, Maria
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "När jag får ångest och känner att nu behöver jag skära mig, då kan jag gå till hästen”: En studie om hästunderstödd terapi som behandlingsmetod för flickor med självskadebeteende2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this study we have examined in which way the horse is used in Equine Assisted Therapy, and what effects the treatment staff experience and describes that the interaction with horses has on girls who self-harms. Our Empirical data was collected through qualitative methods such as interviews, participant observation and informal interviews with a total of six different informants, from five different activities with Equine Assisted Therapy for girls who self-harms. In the analysis we have assumed symbolic interactionism, a theory focusing on the human as a social being, where the self-image alters in the social interaction with other human beings. We interwove this theory with the Biophilia hypothesis, an explanatory model concerning human’s relationship to animals and nature.

    The conclusions we have found in the results are:

    • Equine Assisted Therapy is a complementary treatment comprises both horseback riding and exercises which is not based on the horseback
    • Equine Assisted Therapy almost always involves three parts, the therapist, the client and the horse. The therapist constantly interpreters the horse to get information about the clients senses tuning.
    • The horse can be especially useful for sexual abused girls. It can be used as a help for the client in relaxation exercises, and can be a help for the client in body awareness recovery.
    • Equine Assisted Therapy contributes to increased self-confidence, self-esteem and altered self-image
    • The horse has not the ability to lie, which results in a completely honest relationship between the horse and the human.
    • Both the ambient environment and just interacting with the horse can be calming and anxiolytic for the client.     

     

     

  • 38.
    Bengtsson, Helena
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Att vara en Zonare: En studie om delaktighet och gemenskap på en mötesplats2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att beskriva, analysera och förstå innebörden av en öppen, social mötesplats som skapats av några kristna församlingar med avsikt att erbjuda personer med drogberoende, psykisk ohälsa eller andra svårigheter, gemenskap och delaktighet. Studiens frågeställningar utgår från vilken betydelse mötesplatsen har för deltagarna och vilka möjligheter och hinder mötesplatsen innebär för den enskildes upplevelse av delaktighet och gemenskap.Studien utgår ifrån ett fenomenologiskt perspektiv och fokuserar på den upplevda erfarenheten från de personer som besöker platsen. Data har samlats in via deltagande observationer,intervjuer och samtal med intervjuliknande inslag och består av 12 observationer och 6 intervjuer. Bearbetning av data har skett via transkribering, kodning, kategorisering och teman. Resultatet har analyserats utifrån en analysram formad utifrån studiens centrala begrepp, delaktighet och gemenskap och underbegreppen identitet, marginalisering, plats och nätverksband.Studiens analys leder till slutsatsen att mötesplatsens betydelse för deltagarna kan summeras med att Zonen är en plats för gemenskap som bygger på att man respekterar varandra och där deltagarna upplever trygghet. En annan slutsats är att mötesplatsen innebär möjligheter för den enskildes upplevelse av delaktighet och gemenskap genom inflytande, praktiska uppgifter och samvaro. Det finns hinder beroende på den enskildes dagsform, rädsla för kategoriseringoch att lokalen inte handikappanpassats. En tredje slutsats är att en dimension av delaktighet och gemenskap framträder som innebär att vara engagerad till en plats med en upplevelse avdelad identitet, att vara Zonare. I slutet av uppsatsen förs en diskussion om vilken betydelse studien kan ha för socialpedagogisk och diakonal praxis.

  • 39.
    Bengtsson, Staffan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Alexandersson, Karin
    Dalarnas forskningsråd.
    Beijer, Elisabeth
    FoU i Väst/GR.
    Hyvönen, Ulf
    Development and Field Research Unit, Umeå Social Services.
    Karlsson, Per-Åke
    RandD Sjuhärad Welfare/Borås University.
    Nyman, Marie
    Dalarnas forskningsråd.
    Producing and consuming knowledge in social work practice: Research and development activities in a Swedish context.2009In: Evidence and policy, ISSN 1744-2648, Vol. 5, no 2, 127-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to describe how experince-based knowledge can be made visible by giving some examples of how this has been done in Swedish social welfare services, in collaborations between social services agencies and research and development (R&D) units. These examples will be linked to theories and discussed in relation to different research utilisation models. By using one of these models, it is argued that R&D activities can broaden the concept of evidence-based practice and help brigde the gap between research and practice.

  • 40.
    Bengtsson, Staffan
    et al.
    Högskolan i Jönköping, Hälsohögskolan.
    Svensson, Lars A.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Erkännandets pedagogik: exemplet lärcenterbaserad utbildning2013In: Gemenskaper: Socialpedagogiska perspektiv / [ed] Eriksson, Lisbeth, Nilsson, Gunilla & Svensson, Lars A., Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013, 181-207 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Benholm, Anna
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Hellquist, Sylvia
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    ”Mer än en arbetsrelation”: En studie om hemtjänstpersonalens upplevelse av sin arbetssituation2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The main purpose with our study is to examine and analyze how staff in home care services perceive their work situation as well as in what way relations with colleagues or clients may have an impact on this experience. We have chosen a qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews, which builds on the experience of the interviewed individuals. Our main perspective in this study is the social pedagogy. The theoretical frame consists of social networks and the concepts community and thin networks. The collected data has been coded, categorized, thematised and analyzed in relation to former research and the theoretical perspectives. Our study results indicates that the personnel in home care services feels that they have a good and rewarding work. The contact with the users is experienced as very positive and as the main reason for them to go to work. The personnel also describe the working group as very important and it is to the colleagues they turn to get support. The result of this study clearly shows that relations are of great importance for the individuals understanding of their work situation.

  • 42.
    Beran Hadin, Emma
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Människa i första hand: En etnografisk studie av en mötesplats för socialt utsatta, med fokus på besökarnas upplevelser av bemötande och inklusion2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här uppsatsen handlar om betydelsen av en mötesplats för människor i social utsatthet. När det gäller att nå samhällets mest utsatta är den sociala frivilligsektorn framstående. Orsaker till detta tycks vara den medmänsklighet, de låga trösklar och den välkomnande anda som är kännetecknande för verksamheter inom just frivilligsektor. Verksamheterna drivs ofta i form av mötesplatser, som har visat sig vara ett kraftfullt verktyg i motverkandet av stigma och exkludering. Syftet med denna uppsats var att ta reda på vad en mötesplats kan betyda för människor med personlig erfarenhet av social utsatthet och exkludering, och hur de upplever personalens bemötande. Detta studerades utifrån socialpedagogiska idéer om gemenskap och inklusion. Studien tar avstamp i ett café som drivs av ett antal kristna församlingar och som riktar sig till människor i utsatta situationer. Samspel och bemötande har observerats och ett tjugotal besökare intervjuats genom fältintervjuer. Även personal har intervjuats för en mer heltäckande bild. Materialet har analyserats med hjälp av tematisk analys, och inklusion använts som teoriram. Resultatet visar att caféet har stor betydelse för besökarna. Att vara på caféet innebär att grundläggande behov tillgodoses genom att det erbjuds mat, värme och gemenskap. Caféet visar sig också fungera som en fredad zon, där besökarna beskriver att de känner sig välkomna och accepterade som de är. Besökarna upplever att de blir lyssnade på och att de får ett gott stöd. Att få hjälpa andra beskrivs som mycket betydelsefullt, och de besökare som har ett missbruk menar att caféverksamheten på olika sätt ger dem styrka och motivation att hålla sig borta från missbruket. Slutligen diskuteras studiens resultat och viktiga erfarenheter i relation till socialt arbete och socialpedagogik.

  • 43.
    Berg, Håkan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Södergren, Jessica
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Det svenska prekariatet. Väljarnas medvetna val, eller påtvingad frihet?: Hur våra folkvalda talar om samhället, och därmed skapar det.2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att undersöka om moderata politiker anammat en mer nyliberal diskurs i frågor om arbetslivet. Om så är fallet, kan vi utläsa det i politikernas sätta att tala och skriva om dessa frågor?

    Mad utgångspunkt i Guy Standings definition av begreppet prekariatet och den bild av samhällsutvecklingen han beskriver i boken med samma titel ställer vi följande frågor:

    •Hur talade Moderata politiker om arbetsmarknadsfrågor, 1991 och 2010?

    •Hur har diskursen rörande arbetsmarknadsfrågor förändrats mellan 1991 och 2010?

    För att besvara dessa frågor har vi använt metoden CDA, kritisk diskursanalys, som till skillnad från andra diskursanalysmetoder lämpar sig för ideologisk text. Diskursanalys som metod innebär också att vi anammat ett socialkonstruktivistiskt perspektiv.

    Vi har i vår diskursanalys undersökt hur Moderata samlingspartiet, senare Moderaterna, framställt sin ideologi i partiprogram och idéprogram från åren 1984 och 2010, samt hur de formulerat sig i motioner angående arbetsmarknadsfrågor under samma tidsperiod. Vidare har vi jämfört hur diskursen förändrats över tid.

    Vi kan se att partiet i ord gått från en relativt tydlig vision för framtiden till en mer diffus beskrivning av samtiden. Dessutom har Moderaterna 2010 en retorik som mer vänder sig till en större del av befolkningen än den mer konservativa inriktningen mot de övre samhällsskikten i 1984 års partiprogram från moderata samlingspartiet.

    Vi tolkar detta som att partiet sökt anpassa sin retorik för att vinna stöd hos fler grupper i samhället, man har inte via den nya diskursen ändrat sin politik lika mycket som man sökt påverka värderingar i samhället och den offentliga diskursen. Vi upplever att Moderaterna varit framgångsrika i sitt projekt. Samhället präglas idag av en utbredd individualism och ett allt otryggare arbetsliv där tillfälliga anställningar till tvivelaktiga villkor snart är mer regel än undantag.

  • 44.
    Bergman, Mikael
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Johansson, Stefan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Kränkningar på sociala medier: en del av ungdomars vardag2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The social media center is a platform where most of the young people are online a considerable time of their freetime. The new arena to socialize has many advantages, such as containing and exploring the social life. At the same time there are benefits with the huge activity on the internet. There are also plenty of risks such as sleep disorders, internet addiction and internet violations. The purpose of the study is to examine the youth's perception of what kind of violations there are on the social media center and how they may be prevented and inhibited.

    The study has a qualitative approach where our results and analysis are based on three semistructured life-world interviews in form of focus groups. The young people of the study attend a secondary school in a smaller town in southern Sweden and are anonymous in the study. We have used the symbolic interactionism as a theoretical reference framework, where the "definition of the situation", "social interaction", "symbols" and "emphasis on activity" are our theoretical concepts.

    The results of our study show that offensive images and offensive comments about the sexual orientation, political opinion and appearance are the most common violations of social media. It has been shown to be a hard climate on social media and that violations can be seen openly, especially in social media where users can be anonymous. The young participants of the study believe that one of several ways to prevent these violations are through better understanding and continuous discussion among adults and teenagers.

  • 45.
    Berlin, Johan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Artefakters organiserande funktion2016In: Team i vård, behandling och omsorg: Erfarenheter och reflektioner / [ed] Johan Berlin, Håkan Sandberg, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, 2:a, 227-248 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Berlin, Johan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Bokrecension | Hartman, Laura (red.) (2011). Konkurrensens konsekvenser: vad händer med svensk välfärd?. 1. uppl. Stockholm: SNS förlag2012In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 19, no 2, 136-140 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Berlin, Johan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Bokrecension | Billy Ehn och Orvar Löfgren (2012). Kulturanalytiska verktyg. Gleerups Förlag.2013In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 2, 183-187 p.Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Berlin, Johan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Synchronous work - myth or reality?: a critical study of teams in health and medical care2010In: Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, ISSN 1356-1294, E-ISSN 1365-2753, Vol. 16, no 6, 1314-1321 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives  In this article, ideal conceptions about teamwork are tested. The research question posed is: How are teams in psychiatry formed? Three theoretical concepts that distinguish groups from teams are presented: sequentiality, parallelism and synchronicity. The presumption is that groups cooperate sequentially and teams synchronously, while the parallel work mode is a transitional form between group and team. Methods  Three psychiatric outpatient teams at a university hospital specialist clinic were studied. Data were collected through 25 personal interviews and 82 hours of observations. The data collection was carried out over 18 months (2008–2009). Results  Results show: (1) that the three theoretical distinctions between group and team need to be supplemented with two intermediate forms, semiparallel and semisynchronous teamwork; and (2) that teamwork is not characterized by striving towards a synchronous ideal but instead is marked by an adaptive interaction between sequential, parallel and synchronous working modes. Conclusions  The article points to a new intermediate stage between group and team. This intermediate stage is called semiparallel teamwork. The study shows that practical teamwork is not characterized by a synchronous ideal, but rather is about how to adaptively find acceptable solutions to a series of practical problems. The study emphasizes the importance of the team varying between different working modes, so-called semisystematics.

  • 49.
    Berlin, Johan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Carlström, Eric
    University West, Department of Health Sciences, Specialist Nursing programme. University of Gothenburg.
    Learning and usefulness of collaboration exercises: A study of the three level collaboration (3LC) exercises between the police, ambulance and rescue services2015In: International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, ISSN 0280-7270, Vol. 33, no 3, 428-467 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we studied collaboration exercises (3LC) between the rescue services, ambulance services, and police force, which were developed to enhance learning and usefulness. The exercises’ structure was based on identified deficiencies in previous collaboration exercises. The purpose was to test the exercise model in terms of learning and usefulness. Ten 3LC exercises were observed. A total of 65 semi-structured interviews were conducted (2011–2014) in connection with the exercises. The exercises contained across-boundary elements, seminars, and interactive documentation. The participants were given the opportunity to discuss, analyze, and critically reflect on their efforts. During the seminars, the individual actions were analyzed, which led to alternative strategies that were subsequently tested in a repeated exercise. Our results demonstrate that repetitive features and seminars during collaboration exercises promote learning toward an organic behavior and usefulness in the actual incident work.

  • 50.
    Berlin, Johan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
    Carlström, Eric
    Sahlgrenska Akademin, Göteborgs universitet.
    The dominance of mechanistic behaviour: A critical study of emergency exercises2013In: International Journal of Emergency Management, ISSN 1471-4825, E-ISSN 1741-5071, Vol. 9, no 4, 327-350 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, the focus is on emergency exercises between the police, rescue services and ambulance. By practising, it is assumed that the conditions improve for a quick normalisation after an incident. The purpose of this paper is to identify whether the exercises are designed after organic action logic and therefore can be assumed to strengthen the ability to handle emergencies. Data have been collected at two large, regional, full-scale exercises (2008 and 2012). Data collection has been done through observations and document studies. The study shows that mechanistic behaviour is quite prevalent in the two studied exercises. They are time consuming and put little emphasis on practising organic behaviour. Too complex exercise scenarios contribute to a low tempo, long waiting periods and slow implementation. To succeed, the exercises need to have a non-linear time sequence and limited scenarios that invite participants to focus on organisational interfaces.

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