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  • 51.
    Berg, Emelie
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Engblom, Johanna
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    En kvalitativ studie om hur BVC sköterskor hanterar förlossningsdepression2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna kvalitativa studien var att ta reda på hur barnhälsovårdens sköterskor hanterar förlossningsdepression i sitt yrke och hur organisationens riktlinjer ser ut. En nybliven mamma kan drabbas av en förlossnings-depression, men även av en ledsenhet. BVC sköterskors arbete består av hembesök, att informera föräldrarna om psykisk ohälsa och när barnet är 6-8 veckor får mamman fylla i en självskattningsskala – EPDS. De teorier vi utgått ifrån är Stigma och Värdeteorin men även begreppen skam, skuld, normer och värderingar har en stor betydelse i studien. Resultatet visar att sköterskornas arbetar med att få ett bra förhållande till föräldrarna är mycket viktigt och att EPDS är ett verktyg av stor betydelse i många avseenden.

  • 52.
    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.

  • 53.
    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.

  • 54.
    Berlin, Johan
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Artefakters organiserande funktion2016In: Team i vård, behandling och omsorg: Erfarenheter och reflektioner / [ed] Johan Berlin, Håkan Sandberg, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, 2:a, p. 227-248Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 55.
    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, p. 136-140Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 56.
    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, p. 183-187Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 57.
    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, p. 1314-1321Article 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.

  • 58.
    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, p. 428-467Article 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.

  • 59.
    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, p. 327-350Article 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.

  • 60.
    Berlin, Johan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Carlström, Eric
    Sahlgrenska akademin, Göteborgs universitet.
    Sandberg, Håkan
    Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd, Mälardalens högskola.
    Models of teamwork: ideal or not?: A critical study of theoretical team models2012In: Team Performance Management, ISSN 1352-7592, E-ISSN 1758-6860, Vol. 18, no 5/6, p. 328-340Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - There is a tendency in team research to employ concepts of stepwise models, reachingfrom the primitive to the excellent, to suggest that a higher level of evolution is better than the basic and simple. This tendency includes typologies of teams. This article aims to question the relevance of this view.

    Design/methodology/approach - Data were collected in three steps. In the first step, articles and books analyzing teams and teamwork from stepwise analytical models were collected. In the second step the collected data were classified into different themes. Each stepwise model was classified into one essential denomination. This classification resulted in eight themes. In the third step each theme was analyzed, which led to the fusion of some of the themes.

    Findings - The conclusion is that a synchronous, complementary or mature team is not necessarily optimal. Contrary to this, a differentiated, sequential or multi team approach can be optimal for some purposes. Team research needs to establish a more open, inductive and critical attitude than at present.

    Originality/value - The paper highlights the need to observe and use team theories in a balanced and critical way.

  • 61.
    Berlin, Johan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Jensen, Christian
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Löfström, Mikael
    Högskolan i Borås .
    Nilsson, Viveka
    Kommunforskning i västsverige (KFi).
    Chefers strategier för att implementera samverkan2016Report (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här studien handlar om interorganisatorisk samverkan inom vård och omsorg. Här studeras vilka strategier som första och andra linjens kommunala chefer använder för att få till stånd en fungerande samverkan. Hur ser hindren ut och vilka strategier och överväganden gör cheferna för att övervinna dem. Den fråga som därför behandlas i denna rapport är; vilka strategier an-vänder kommunala chefer inom vård och omsorg för att implementera samverkan? I studien har data samlats in genom att 21 chefer inom vård och omsorg intervjuats. De chefer som medverkat i studien har alla varit verksamma i kommuner som deltagit i det Nationella kommunforskningsprogrammet, vilka är Borås, Göteborg, Lund, Norrköping, Piteå, Sjöbo och Stockholm. I studien har tre centrala iakttagelser gjorts. Dessa handlar om; 1) att cheferna väljer en form av situationsanpassad strategi beroende på vad sam-verkan har för syfte och med vilka aktörer som samverkan ska genomföras, 2) att cheferna behöver hantera den upplevda intressekonflikten som finns mellan att ta ansvar för den "egna verksamheten" samtidigt som de förväntas ta ansvar för samverkan med andra organisationer och 3) att cheferna har svårt att hantera sitt chefsansvar vid samverkan. Samverkan där linjestyrningen utmanas eller kompletteras med horisontell styrning är lösare reglerad vilket kan leda till oklar ansvarsfördelning och diffus arbetsdelning. Här kan chefer behöva tillägna sig andra uttryck för att utöva sitt ledarskap då den traditionella chefsrollen inte är lika väl anpassad till styrning vid samverkans-situationer.

  • 62.
    Berlin, Johan
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Sandberg, Håkan
    Team i vård, behandling och omsorg: Erfarenheter och reflektioner2016Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Team är populära, inte minst inom vård, behandling och omsorg.Trots att det börjar bli en väl etablerad företeelse tycks teamfortfarande stå för förnyelse och nytänkande. Teamarbete harsåledes kommit att få en allt viktigare roll.

    I denna antologi behandlas frågor som: Varför uppstår team? Vadgör team nödvändiga? Vad är utmärkande för olika typer av team? Vad skapar väl fungerande team? Vilka effekter får teamarbete förverksamheten? Du som läsare bjuds på både kritiska betraktelser,utvecklingsspår och verktyg.

    Boken vänder sig till studerande och forskare vid högskolor ochuniversitet samt till praktiskt verksamma inom vård-, behandlingsochomsorgsorganisationer. De olika kapitlen kan läsas friståendeoch ger var för sig en god bild av teamets funktion.

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    Team i vård, behandling och omsorg förmedlar en unikinsikt och förståelse kring teamarbetes betydelse, funktionssätt och utmaningar baserad på omfattande och mångårig forskning. Boken förtjänar därför attanvändas inom alla utbildningar på högskolenivå som är inriktade mot vård- och omsorg.

    Stefan Tengblad, professor i företagsekonomi

  • 63.
    Berndtzen, Lisa
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Hansson, Therese
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "Man måste ju så pedagogiskt visa": En studie för att ur familjebehandlares perspektiv beskriva deras verksamhet, insats och funktion för föräldrar med utvecklingsstörning2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Living with an Intellectual disability entails difficulty understanding as well as learning things, and may vary depending on whether the intellectual disability is considerable, moderate or mild. Within the earlier mentioned categories, it is most common that people with mild intellectual disability have children. Intellectual disability can involve difficulties concerning social and practical skills as well as reduced intelligence. To cope with being a parent there are several skills that must be mastered, such as emotional, social and intellectual competence, a considerable challenge for parents with intellectual disabilities.

    This study aims to describe the activities, the role and affect family support workers has on parents with intellectual disabilities.

    The empirical material has been collected through qualitative semi-structured interviews with five family support workers, who in their profession come in contact with parents that have intellectual disabilities. The interviews has carefully been transcribed word for word and analyzed using the method of qualitative content analysis.

    The results show that the comprehensive theme of the study is the fact that family support workers use themselves as tools by assuming different roles in their work; here named the learning, the inventive and the authoritative. Each role plays an important part in the parents learning experience, and the family support worker alternates between the roles to suit specific needs. They work in a pedagogic, individual and precise manner in an effort to support and promote parental skills. The family support worker believes in the parent’s ability of becoming a sufficient parent, providing adequate conditions. It can be difficult for the family support worker to relate to the needs of the child and the parent as well as the parents civil rights, society and social efforts. The family support workers and the municipal activities they represent have clearly implied that working towards increasing parental abilities, in parents with intellectual disabilities, deals with developing skills in order to master everyday life

  • 64.
    Bernlo, Malin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Boman, Christine
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "... att göra världen begriplig...": Betydelsen av KASAM för barn inom institution och öppenvård2010Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Vårt syfte med uppsatsen var att ta reda på om KASAM-begreppet, trots att det har några år på nacken, fortfarande ses som betydelsefullt. Vi utgick från personalens perspektiv gällande KASAM's betydelse för barn 0-12 år, placerade på institution eller med någon form av insats från öppenvården. Genom kvalitativa intervjuer tog vi del av personalens erfarenheter av KASAM's betydelse för barnen, hur de arbetar och om de metoder de använder sig av , ger möjlighet att skapa en känsla av sammanhang för barnen. Vid tolkningen av vårt intervjumaterial utgick vi från tre teman baserade på våra frågeställningar. Det som framkom av materialet var att KASAM har stor betydelse för barnens välbefinnande. KASAM-begreppet är högst närvarande i de metoder som används inom verksamheterna, även om personalen inte talar om det i termer av KASAM.

     

  • 65.
    Berntsson, Helena
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Wikström, Lisa
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Säkerhetsklimat: en studie om skillnader mellan ledning och medarbetares uppfattning av säkerhetsarbete2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The safety of an organization is based not only on safe equipment and quality assurance processes, but also on the interaction between people (Törner, 2008). A good safety climate has a positive impact on safety and has been shown to reduce accidents. The aim of the present study was to find out if there are differences in safety climate between employees and management in an industrial enterprise with a quantitative approach. The study includes a survey with 31 participants in manufacturing industries in western Sweden between the ages of 22-65 of whom 3 were women and 28 were men. To reach out to the participants a web survey based on NOSACQ-50 (Nordic Safety Climate Questionnaire) was used, which measures seven dimensions of safe climate. The results showed that safety climate was at a good level for both management and employees. However, the two groups did not differ in how they perceived safety. The result also showed that there were correlations between the dimensions of NOSACQ-50. Although no significant differences between management and employees were discovered, the study highlights the importance of studying safety climate from several perspectives. There may be benefits in considering safety climate from a group perspective as this may generate a deeper understanding of safety climate as a whole, and how organizations can achieve a more coherent safety climate

  • 66.
    Berntsson, Mattias
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Ericsson, Josefine
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Cannabis en klasslös drog: En kvantitativ studie kring ungdomars acceptans till cannabis utifrån ett klassperspektiv2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    This study has been produced as a thesis on the social pedagogy program at University West in Trollhättan.

    Aim

    The study's aim was to analyze how socially acceptable cannabis is among the 3rd year students on high schools in Uddevalla municipality. The study did not examine how many of the young people who do or have used the drug, but the questions revolve around what they do to people in their vicinity that makes use of the drug. The study analyzes then the young people's acceptance in relation to their class indication, to see if there is a correlation between youth class belonging and acceptance of cannabis.

    Methods

    The study was carried out with a quantitative method which has been carried out with the help of a questionnaire survey addressed to 3rd year students at high schools in Uddevalla municipality. In the study, 115 students took part of the 1024 possible, which means that a little more than 10% of the sample have answered on the questionnaire.

    Results

    The results of the study found no correlation between students' class and attitude towards cannabis, which applies to previous research. A dependency when it comes to the pupil's social circle and approach to cannabis, has, however, been demonstrated. Students who have someone in their vicinity who use cannabis tends to have a more liberal attitude toward the drug. This manifests itself by about 30% of the young people said that they have someone in their vicinity who use cannabis regularly, and about 30% said they thought it is okay to use cannabis at a party and that it should be legalized. That young people tend to think like his friends, can be explained by previous findings that suggest that young people get their information about drugs from his visitation, first and foremost, and not by their parents or other adults.

  • 67.
    Birging, Joachim
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Karlsson, Andreas
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Motivationsarbete i skolan: sex högstadielärares erfarenheter av arbete med lågt motiverade elever2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to examine how secondary school teachers work with low-motivated students. The authors of the present study believe that a well-functioning motivational work should result in better school results and increased well-being for the students. Over 900 000 students spend their everyday in elementary school, where compulsory education should impart knowledge, standards and values, which they will bring into adulthood. The teacher is also responsible to motivate the students, something that becomes particularly clear when the student's own motivation for school work is low. By using qualitative interviews, the present study examined six secondary school teachers' experiences of working with low-motivated students. These experiences were analyzed and then interpreted based on the concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The results show that motivational work is difficult. Factors that affect motivation are the relationship between teacher and student, the classroom environment and the teacher’s ability to engage the student in their school work. The teachers consider a meaningful education important to motivate students

  • 68.
    Bjurhult, Christofer
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Constructions of Unaccompanied Children: A study on how concepts of Unaccompanied children become credible on an online forum2016In: Nordic Youth Research Symposium: Youth Moves – Voices – Spaces – Subjectivities, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2016, p. 136-136Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Constructions of unaccompanied children have been researched to some extent. Concepts of the children have been studied in media and policy documents amongst others. How the children are constructed within an "everyday context", in form of an open online discussion forum and how the constructions become credible, are regarded as under-researched. Aim: The aim of the present study was to identify different discourses concerning unaccompanied children on the Flashback Forum, with regard to their rhetorical organization. Discourse is meant as a way to talk about and understand the world that constructs an object or phenomenon in a particular way. Method: To answer the aim, a discursive psychological approach was used, which focuses on how credibility and truth are created in communication. Based on a theoretical model, including the four rhetorical techniques category entitlement, empirical repertoire, consensus and extreme case formulations, it was examined how the writers at the forum created truth and responded to others' beliefs about the children. Result: The results showed that unaccompanied children are surrounded by the discourses: the adults, the children,the rapists, the special treated, the sexually vulnerable and the discourse of the biological male sex. Discourses were used in parallel in the speeches and to back up arguments at the forum. The writers used the studied rhetorical techniques to build credibility in the statements. With specific expression, facts about unaccompanied children were created.

  • 69.
    Bjurström, Åse Eliason
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Drama as a trans-structural catalyst in a global-local and formal -informal rhizome of ESD agents.2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Drama as a trans-structural catalyst in a global-local and formal -informal rhizome of ESD agents.

    In the center of the stage stands a collaborative theatre co –production facing sustainability with stakeholders from five continents. The project sets out to investigate a number of questions; How and if can Drama serve to enhance ESD learning with an emphasis on emerging processes in a trans-structural setting? What effect can an embodied learning that also includes a visit to the as- if –imaginary domains have on a intercultural ESD discussion? As Drama means doing - acting as well as reflecting there is a potential for a critical reflexivity, how can that be investigated? What are the ethical implications involved in the usage of such transformative tools? These are a few off all the questions that has triggered my interest in using Drama whilst working with ESD in an intercultural and network-based learning context. Findings from a pilot case study will be presented and I look forward to the possibility of enhancing the discussion within this distinguished crowd.

  • 70.
    Bjälestig, Hanna
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Jahr, Madelen
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    ”Man kan ju vara ensam fastän man bor… tillsammans… så här många”: Boendepersonalens arbete med äldres ensamhet på särskilt boende2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Ensamhet är ett fenomen som är lika utbrett inom särskilt boende som inom hemtjänsten. Med ensamhet följer negativa hälsorisker lika stora som att vara missbrukare. Syftet med studien var att utifrån boendepersonalens perspektiv undersöka på vilka sätt arbetet bedrivs på särskilt boende inom äldreomsorgen med att bemöta äldres känsla av ensamhet. Frågeställningarna som undersöktes var “På vilket sätt arbetar boendepersonalen för att möjliggöra att äldre ska uppleva gemenskap utifrån de äldres individuella behov?” samt “Vilka möjligheter och hinder finns i arbetet med att motverka äldres ensamhet och skapa gemenskap för dem?”. Kvalitativ ansats användes där halvstrukturerade intervjuer genomfördes med sex stycken boendepersonal samt en områdeschef. För att analysera intervjuerna användes tematisk analys. Analysen har skett utifrån de centrala begreppen ensamhet och gemenskap samt de teoretiska utgångspunkterna aktivitetsteorin och teorin om gerotranscendens. Sysselsättning och att bara vara identifierades som möjliggörare för gemenskap. Hälften av boendepersonalen såg inte någon ensamhet bland de äldre. Resterande ansåg att ensamhet fanns men att den kunde avhjälpas genom sysselsättning. Äldres ensamhet måste därav belysas inom äldreomsorgen. Hinder som identifierades för att skapa gemenskap var personalbrist, äldres skilda sjukdomsbilder och personalens avsaknad av kunskap kring äldres ensamhet. Vi ser en brist i boendepersonalens förhållningssätt genom deras starka förankring i aktivitetsteorin. Detta skulle kunna nyanseras med ökad kunskap om andra sätt att bemöta ensamhet exempelvis såsom teorin om gerotranscendens föreslår.

  • 71.
    Björkum, Klara
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Gustavsson, Marcus
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Mellan SoL och LVM: en kvalitativ studie om dilemman i arbetet med tvångslagstiftning2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Bakgrund: Människor som har en allvarlig missbruksproblematik kan komma att vårdas med hjälp av LVM-lagstiftningen, vilket är en tvångslagstiftning. Detta kan komma i konflikt med socialtjänstens andra uppdrag som bygger på frivillighet enligt SoL, vilket gör det angeläget att undersöka hur socialsekreterare uppfattar de dilemman som finns mellan tvång och frivillighet. Socialsekreterare i studien handlägger och utreder klienters behov av att få hjälp enligt SoL och LVM, i de lagstiftningarna blir delaktighet, valfrihet och makt betydelsefulla begrepp. Syfte: Att undersöka vilka dilemman socialsekreterare uppfattar att det finns i arbetet mellan SoL och LVM. Metod: Studien har en kvalitativ ansats. Semistrukturerade intervjuer genomfördes med 6 socialsekreterare. Intervjuerna transkriberades och analyserades i två steg, den första delen är en empiriskt kopplad analys utifrån IPA. Den andra delen av analysen är teoretiskt kopplad och analyseras utifrån ett socialkonstruktionistiskt perspektiv med hjälp av begreppen: Pastoralmakt, disciplinering, paternalism och delaktighet. Resultat: Studien visar att det finns en gråzon mellan frivilligheten i SoL och tvånget i LVMutredningar. I denna gråzon finns det utrymme för socialsekreterarens bedömningar, men också ett stort ansvar. I gråzonen handlar det mycket om att motivera klienter, motivationsarbetet kan innebära ett underliggande hot och en maktposition som socialsekreterare behöver förhålla sig till. Dilemman i arbetet mellan SoL och LVM uppstår främst i bedömningar om att handla mot klientens vilja. Studien visar att socialsekreterare arbetar mot en norm eller mittfåra, där det som är rätt är normen och det som är fel ligger utanför normen. Studien visar att skapandet av "de andra" kan ses som en begränsning för klienters delaktighet och medverkan i missbruksvården. Vi har med hjälp av begreppet pastoralmakt problematiserat socialsekreterarnas vilja att hjälpa och funnit att det skulle kunna förstås som en del i medskapande av disciplinära processer i utförandet av pastoralmakt.

  • 72.
    Björquist, Elisabet
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology. Lunds Universitet.
    Att få komma till tals2015In: Att arbeta med delaktighet inom habilitering / [ed] Hansson, Kristofer & Nordmark, Eva, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015, 1. uppl, p. 111-126Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 73.
    Björquist, Elisabet
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology. Lunds Universitet.
    Barn med funktionsnedsättning2015In: Pediatrisk omvårdnad / [ed] Hallström, Inger & Lindberg, Tor, Stockholm: Liber, 2015, 2. [utök. och uppdaterade], p. 330-337Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 74.
    Björquist, Elisabet
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Mind the gap: transition to adulthood – youths' with disabilities and their caregivers' perspectives2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Transition to adulthood, referring to the process of moving from childhood to adulthood, can be a complex period for youths with disabilities who might need special support transitioning into an independent life as adults. Caregivers are significant persons for the youths, which is why their own health and wellbeing is important. Therefore the overall aim of this thesis was to gain a deeper understanding of health and wellbeing, challenges, preferences and needs during the transition from childhood to adulthood in youths with disabilities and their caregivers. The thesis is comprised of two studies, study A focusing on the perspectives of youths with CP (Paper I) and of their caregivers (Paper II) and Study B focusing on the perspectives of immigrant youths with disabilities and caregivers from Middle Eastern countries residing in Sweden (Paper III and IV). Study A had a qualitative approach and involved focus groups and individual interviews with 12 male and female youths, 17-18 years of age, with CP and various physical and cognitive levels of disabilities (Paper I), as well as 15 mothers and fathers (Paper II). The interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis. In Study B, a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods was used. Based on structured and semi-structured questionnaires in combination with open ended questions interviews were conducted in Swedish or Arabic with 17 male and female youths, 13-24 years of age with various disabilities and 10 mothers, five fathers and one sibling. The families were all immigrants with Middle Eastern origin and most of them had lived in Sweden for more than five years. The questionnaires Family Need Survey (FNS), Rotterdam Transition Profile (RTP) and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) were all translated and adapted to Swedish except for COPM where there already was a Swedish version. The results were analysed using mainly descriptive statistics and based on the framework of International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – Children & Youth Version (ICF-CY). The findings from study A showed that the experiences of youths and caregivers mostly concerned mental health and wellbeing described as both positive and negative experiences. Their family life was experienced as important, secure and convenient, which made the youths feel safe and gave parents a sense of meaningfulness. Youths described participation, socialising and love as being important, but also challenging and worrying. Caregivers experienced sorrow and anger and together with demanding logistics, planning and worrying, their health was affected negatively during their children's transition to adulthood. The findings from study B showed that youths were dependent on their caregivers for transportations, participating in leisure activities and socialising with friends. They were also dependent on their caregivers for the demanding of support and health care. The youths had few or no experiences of intimate relationships but felt that they were expected to get married in the future which worried them and their caregivers. Caregivers were uncomfortable with using the term intellectual disability. Caregivers needed help to understand their child's condition and to explain the child's condition to their wives/husbands. A significant difference was found in what problems youths identified with and what their caregivers identified as their youth's problems. The youths experienced problems with handling finances, transportations and seeking employment or daily activities whilst their caregiver thought their youth's primary problems involved self-care. The overall finding showed that to strengthen health and wellbeing in youths with disabilities and their caregivers and to meet challenges, preferences and needs during transition from childhood to adulthood both youths and caregivers need information and support. Both youths and caregivers expressed a desire for individualised support given by one person who could facilitate the transition period by coordinating information and give support based on individual preferences and needs. During the recruiting process in both studies, great challenges were experienced in finding participants. Collaboration with professionals in schools and leisure activities was found to be the most effective way to get in contact with immigrant youths and thereby also their caregivers. The findings from this thesis may enable professionals to develop and improve best practice guidelines for support, habilitation and health care in youths' transition. To facilitate for the youth to transfer from services with a family-centred approach to person-centred adult services, their autonomy must be strengthened by involving them in their own transition planning early on. Immigrant youths need special information and support about love and the freedom of choice to get married. The COPM and RTP are suggested to be used as tools in person-centred transition planning given they are used customized and applied with cultural sensibility. To enable those with communication limitations to give their independent voice the use of communication tools is necessary. Furthermore, the transition to person-centred adult support and health care should be flexible and not determined by biological age. However, youths need support by their caregivers who in turn might both need, and want, support for themselves and occasionally hands-on support. Guidance by a specially designated navigator aimed to support the whole family would be an option to meet individual needs. The information and support should be culturally sensitive with respect to various linguistic and cultural experiences. To close the gaps between systems of care collaboration was discussed to be necessary to facilitate the transition between support and health care for children and youths as well as services for adults. The use of ICF-CY as a framework for understanding needs and the standardised terminology in ICF-CY in documentation can facilitate this collaboration.

  • 75.
    Björquist, Elisabet
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Holm, Susanne
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Svensson, Lars A.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    KAFU: en utvärderingsstudie av ett arbetsmarknadsprojekt2012Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I rapporten redovisas resultat, analyser och slutsatser av en utvärdering där utgångs-punkten var ett genomfört arbetsmarknadsprojekt i Trollhättans stad, vilket delvis finan-sierades av Europeiska Socialfonden. Utvärderingen har både ett tjänstemanna- och ett deltagarperspektiv.

    När det gäller tjänstemannaperspektivet ska följande frågeställningar besvaras:

    • Hur görs urvalet av deltagare?

    • Hur görs bedömningen av enskilda deltagares motivation?

    • Vilka förväntningar och föreställningar har tjänstemän på projektet?

    • Vad menar tjänstemännen är viktiga faktorer för att lyckas med projektet?När det gäller deltagarperspektivet ska följande frågeställningar bevaras:

    • Hur gick det till för att komma med i projektet?

    • Vilka faktorer påverkar deltagarnas motivation att delta?

    • Vilka tankar och erfarenheter har deltagarna om av att vara med i projektet?

    • Vad anger deltagarna som viktiga faktorer för att lyckas?

    Projektet är uppbyggt kring en modell som består av tre huvuddelar; antagning, folk-högskolestudier och en prövo- och introduktionstid. Målet är att deltagarna efter genom-fört projekt antingen ska ha ett arbete, påbörjat studier eller startat ett företag.Resultatet av utvärderingen bygger på fokusgrupper, intervjuer och dokument. Fokus-grupper har genomförts med tjänstemän. Intervjuer har genomförts med både tjänste-män och deltagare. Utvärderingsgruppen har haft tillgång till ett omfattande skriftligt material som belyser projektets olika delar. Det handlar om ett statistiskt material och tjänstemännens erfarenheter efter projektet.

    För att illustrera antagningen redogörs för olika typfall; ett där antagningen var ”solklar”, ett där antagningen var tveksam och ett där det blev avslag. I samband med detta presenteras olika kännetecken som sedermera resulterade i antagning eller avslag. Det finns också fall som betraktas som självklara, men där personen ändå har svårt att komma i arbete. Ytterligare ett fall beskriver ett lyckat fall trots tveksamheter vid antag-ningen. Därefter redovisas tjänstemännens skriftliga erfarenheter av antagningsprocess-en samt vad som framkommit vid intervjuerna.Som framkom i det samlade materialet framstår urvalsprocessen som komplex och det är heller inte självklart vem eller vilka som borde bli deltagare i projektet. Det framgår å ena sidan att se att en deltagare som uppfyller kriterierna/kraven inte självklart lyckas i projektet, men att tveksamma fall ändå lyckas fullt ut. Det är alltså ingen enkel urvals-process att ta ut de rätta deltagarna. Det förefaller alltså vara så att projektets grundläg-gande krav enbart kan förklara en del av varför vissa lyckas bättre än andra.

  • 76.
    Björquist, Elisabet
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Isaksson, Charlotta
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Tryggvason, Nina
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Digitalt stöd för delaktighet: Ungas användning av digital teknik inom ramen för kommunernas LSS-verksamhet2019Report (Other academic)
  • 77.
    Björquist, Elisabet
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Nordmark, Eva
    Lunds universitet.
    Almasri, N.
    Hallström, Inger
    Lunds universitet.
    Identified problems during transition of immigrant youth with disabilities from Middle-Eastern countries: youths' and caregivers' prioritiesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 78.
    Björquist, Elisabet
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Nordmark, Eva
    Lunds universitet.
    Almasri, N.
    Hallström, Inger
    Lunds universitet.
    Immigrant youths with disabilities and caregivers from the Middle-East: Challenges and needs during transition to adulthoodManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 79.
    Bogoevski, Linda
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Löf, Camilla
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    "Lyssna nu på fröken": en kvalitativ studie om barns delaktighet på förskolan2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to investigate preschool teacher’s views of participation in preschool. We examined how adults' power can affect children's participation in preschool. Media produces sometimes children's increased power and empowerment as something negative. We wanted to see how children's participation can be perceived by preschool teachers and the situations in which participation can be seen at the preschool and we have assumed a qualitative approach in which we used interviews to take part in pre-school teachers' experiences. In this study, we use Steven Lukes (2008) power theori and Harry Shiers (2001) ladder of participation and used it to examine how preschool teachers are working to achieve participation in preschool and if any power aspects can affect children's influence.

    In the result we present how preschool fosters participation based on the needs of the ladder as Shier highlights, and discusses the pros and cons of participation in preschool. The preschool curriculum states that children in preschool should be given the opportunity to influence their situation at the preschool and participate in various forms of collaboration and decision making. The result is also coupled to Steven Lukes theory of power and the different dimensions.

    The result shows that preschool teachers see participation as something positive. However, they were all agreed that too much involvement is not good for children as it creates anxiety and disorientation. Both previous research and our informants believe that children thrive on structure and clear rules. To give children too many choices does not fit all and we can therefore see that it is difficult to give children full participation. We can from our results see that that the preschool teachers work daily to make the children involved but some educators argue that large groups of children and lack of staff restricts the possibilities. The view of participation differs among different teachers, but the key word for creating participation according to the educators has been to listen to the children

  • 80.
    Bohlin, Margareta
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Ungdomars risktagande i en existentiell och genusordnad värld2018In: Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap: grundläggande perspektiv / [ed] Johansson, Thomas & Sorbring, Emma, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 290-305Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 81.
    Bohlin, Margareta
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Erlandsson, Soly
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Att leva i transithallen: en fenomenologisk studie om arbetssökande kvinnor med utländsk bakgrund och med funktionshinder2002Report (Other academic)
  • 82.
    Bohlin, Margareta
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Malm, Martin
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
    Saura, Daniel
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
    Erlandsson, Soly
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Riskdiskurser i kvällspressen2014In: Att förstå ungdomars identitetsskapande: en inspirations- och metodbok / [ed] Sorbring, E., Andersson, Å. & Molin, M., Stockholm: Liber, 2014, 1, p. 166-187Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Kapitlet fokuserar på vanligt förekommande sätt att beskriva risker i olika medier.

  • 83.
    Bohlin, Margareta
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Sorbring, Emma
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Widen, Stephen E.
    Örebro University, Institute for Disability Research, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
    Erlandsson, Soly
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Risks and music - Patterns among young women and men in Sweden2011In: Noise & Health, ISSN 1463-1741, E-ISSN 1998-4030, Vol. 13, no 53, p. 310-319Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Music and high levels of sound have not traditionally been associated with risk-taking behaviors. Loud music may intensify and bring more power and meaning to the musical experience, but it can at the same time be harmful to hearing. The present study aims to increase the knowledge about young women′s and men′s risk judgement and behaviour by investigating patterns in adolescent risk activities among 310 adolescents aged 15-20 (143 women; 167 men). The Australian instrument ARQ was used with additional questions on hearing risks and a factor analysis was conducted. The main results showed that the factor structure in the judgement and behavior scale for Swedish adolescents was rather different from the factor structure in the Australian sample. Also, the factor structure was not similar to the Australian sample split on gender. The results are discussed from a gender- and existential perspective on risk taking, and it is emphasized that research on risk behavior needs to reconceptualize stereotypical ideas about gender and the existential period in adolescence.

  • 84.
    Bohlin, Margareta
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Widén, Stephen E.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Risktagande: Hot eller utveckling?2008In: Ung på 2000-talet: perspektiv på ungdomars vardag, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2008, p. 93-107Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 85.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Att få pengarna att räcka till som de brukar: Barns och ungas perspektiv på föräldrars arbetslöshet2016Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This report is about the ways in which children in families with previous economic stability experience and adapt to substantially decreased household income as a consequence of a parent's/parents' unemployment. While much is known about children growing up in poor families, and how they understand and act in relation to the family's economic situation, little is known about children who suddenly find themselves living in economic adversity. In the context of post-financial crisis Sweden where in the late 2000s/early 2010s large numbers of families with previously stable incomes found themselves in economic adversity, the objective of the research is to investigate how children and young people experience substantial decreases in household income as a consequence of parental unemployment. In particular focus is directed to the ways in which they reason about and respond to the family's new economic circumstances. Interviews with children (N=45) whose parents had previously been in long-term employment but lost their jobs were carried out. Drawing on national data provided by the National Transition Fund for Blue-collar Workers (TSL) and (ii) the Local Transition fund for white-collar staff in the private sector (TRS), five municipalities in the west of Sweden with the highest numbers of transition grants were initially identified for recruitment of families subjected to unemployment during the years of 2010-2013.The interview data was analysed using thematic content analysis (Broun & Clark2006) with focus directed to children's agency (Kuczinski 2003). While the results are largely in line with previous research on children living in long-termpoor families, that is to say that parents put children´s needs first, children take responsibility for the family situation by not financial demands on the parentsone major difference emerged. None of the types of self-excluding behavior characteristic of avoidance-oriented strategies was found. Unlike children living in poverty where self-exclusion and the avoidance of exposure to stigmatizing situations where resource disparities are highlighted are common, the children in the current study did not regard parental unemployment and the family's loss of income as a source of shame. Rather, they expressed awareness of how macroeconomic forces had impacted on their lives and, as active agents, developedstrategies that enabled them to adjust to the family's new economic reality. The implications of this result indicate that social workers working with children insuch situations need to reconsider interpretations of behavior that are rooted inthe assumption that economic adversity generates shame and stigma.

  • 86.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Children's agency in interprofessional collaboration2015In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 50-66Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is currently little research into social welfare interventions where children's agency has been in focus and, in particular, a lack of research on children's experiences and perceptions of interprofessional collaboration. Findings from studies that have looked at children's perceptions of opportunities to influence the support they receive have tended to show how they lack power and influence. Drawing on Kuczynski, Harach, and Bernardini's (1999) three principles for investigating and understanding children's agency, the purpose of this study is, in a Swedish context, to explore children's perceptions of their agentic capacity to influence who works with them when many different professionals are involved in providing support. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 28 children in receipt of support in the form of either home-based interventions, foster or institutional care. The results revealed that, for the older children, perceptions of the exercise of agency involved both the exclusion of certain professionals from the collaborating group as well as the identification of those perceived as being able to help. Additionally, the children's agency could be seen to be implicated in their perceptions of actively making decisions to acquiesce in collaborative solutions. For the younger children, agency was revealed in the way that they interpreted the situations involving collaborating professionals, recognising that it is primarily parents who decide about contact with different 'helpers'. The study provides important insights from the child's perspective into the ways in which, through their agency, children are active in defining and re-defining their own 'organisational chart' of collaboration. Limitations are discussed and proposals for future research are made.

  • 87.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Children's agency in interprofessional collaborative meetings in child welfare work2016In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 502-511Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of children's agency can be used to understand how children actively shape their lives. While in social work there is a growing body of research on how children experience meetings that involve collaborating professionals, little is known about the ways in which they exert an influence.The purpose of the study is, in a Swedish context, to investigate children's perceptions of their agentic capacity in regulating participation and exerting an influence on outcomes in interprofessional collaborative meetings. Interviews were carried out with 28 children in receipt of social services support. Findings revealed that children perceive professionals' talk as restricting opportunities for input. They also perceive that they have the capacity to exercise agency by (i) conforming to expectations by feigning boredom and seeming disengaged, but at the same time paying close attention; (ii) by using exit strategies; and (iii) by developing 'in-situ' strategies to end meetings. Rather than, as previously suggested, being powerless in such circumstances, the children tell how they carefully assess situations, and, from a position of apparent subordination, talk of ways of acting that reveal their agentic capacity. These insights are of importance for practitioners who are encouraged to look beyond behaviours that first meet the eye.

  • 88.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Learning ‘at work’ during socialwork education: an example of practice learningopportunities from Sweden2005In: Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work, ISSN 1746-6105, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 6-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to describe and analyse the learning processes of Swedish social work students during and after periods of workplace-based learning. The article describes the process in which the practice learning opportunities that the students have been involved in are reflected upon, discussed, problematised and theorised, both in a series of workshops and via the process of the narrativedescription of critical incidents. Practice learning opportunities form an integralpart of studies of social work in the Social Pedagogy program at the University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla in Sweden where a reflective approach to both campus and practice learning has been developed. In presenting the analysis of the reflective approach to studies of social work the article draws on both Scandinavian and international research and presents Säljö’s theory of situated learning and Nielsen & Kvale’s theory of Mesterlaerer  in the analysis of the critical incident narratives of two individual social work students.

  • 89.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Lärande på "arbetsplatsen" i socialpedagogisk utbildning2004In: Arbetsintegrerat lärande / [ed] Theliander, Jan, Grundén, Kerstin, Mårdén, Björn och Thång, Per-Olof, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2004, 1, p. 123-142Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 90.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Organizing for agency: rethinking the conditions for children's participation in service provision2018In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no sup1, article id 1564515Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the organization of child care services, constraints restrict the potential for children's participation in the formation and delivery of support programmes. These constraints involve the prioritization of risk management, poor understandings of what participation entails, and entrenched socio-cultural perspectives of children as vulnerable and requiring protection. However, when children's participation is recognized as an imperative, both morally and as a means of enhancing service efficiency, and when organizational visions and practice ideologies uphold the importance of children's involvement in decision-making, spaces for children's agency can become part of everyday practice routines. Drawing on three examples of organizational innovations in child-directed social work, this article explores the benefits involved in "organizing for children's agency".

  • 91.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Shifting Subordination: Co-located interprofessional collaboration betweenteachers and social workers2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this thesis is to describe and analyse the practice processes involved in colocated interprofessional collaboration. The study took place in a resource school where social workers and teachers collaborate on an everyday basis around children who are both in receiptof special educational support and interventions from social services. The research questioncentres on the division of labour and the explicit notions and implicit assumptions thatunderpin it. Further, the organisational conditions that influence the division of labour, theprocess involved in the selection of pupils, and the processes of maintenance anddevelopment of professional identities in a close collaborative context are all examined.

    The study is a qualitative case study of interprofessional collaboration. Through interviews with the teachers and social workers, and via participatory observation of their professionalpractice, empirical data has been generated. This has been used to examine processes ofcollaborative collaboration in accordance with a thematic analytical scheme. A theoretical framework based on theories of the sociology of professions (Abbot, 1988; Evetts, 2006b) and drawing also on the work of Hasenfeld (2010a) on human serviceorganisations and Lipsky (1980) on street level bureaucrats, in conjunction with Strauss’ (1978) theory of negotiations, has been used in analysing the empirical data.

    The results indicate that the intake process functions primarily to legitimise collaborationfrom an organisational and professional perspective. Further, the teachers and social workerscreate what are termed common and separate grounds for practice. The concept of common grounds describes the processes in which common collaborative relationships are created, such as, forexample, the construction of interchangeability and a common practice ideology. Separate grounds, on the other hand, involves situations in which social workers and teachers are engaged in defining and specifying their profession-specific roles in the context of their  everyday work. Another means of maintaining and reinforcing a profession-specific professional identity in co-located collaborative contexts is the use of the spatial design. The results also point to three particular characteristics in the construction of co-located interprofessional collaboration. First, professionals are engaged in what can be termed a form of  shifting subordination as a means of both legitimising and developing their professional identities. Shifting subordination is a strategy used to reduce and avoid professional conflict around roles and working tasks. Secondly, they are engaged in constructing a shared professional identity as a means to meet the organization’s imperative of ‘getting the job done’. Thirdly, there is the characteristic of interdependence which shapes the negotiation processes involved in the division of labour.

  • 92.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    The concept of active citizenship, social skills and youth life styles2006In: Towards Active Citizenship -: Friskie programme as a professional mehtod for guidance., Turku: Turku University of applied science , 2006, p. 18-30Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 93.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Upplevelser av ekonomisk utsatthet: barns och ungas aktörskap och strategier2018In: Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap: grundläggande perspektiv / [ed] Johansson, Thomas; Sorbring, Emma, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 597-607Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 94.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Young people´s experiences of parental unemployment and economic adversity2016In: Nordic Youth Research Symposium: Youth Moves – Voices – Spaces – Subjectivities, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2016, p. 40-40Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    While much is known about young people growing up in poor families, and how they experience the familys economic situation, little is known about young people who suddenly find themselves living in economic adversity. In the context of post-financial crisisSweden, where in the late 2000s/early 2010s large numbers of families with previously stable incomes found themselves in economic adversity, the objective of this research is to investigate how young people experience substantial decreases in household income as a consequence of parental unemployment. Adopting an agency perspective, focus is directed to the ways in which they reason about and respond to the family s new economic circumstances. Interviews with children and young people (N=45) whose parents had previously been in long-term employment but lost their jobs during the period 2010-2013 were carried out. While the results are largely in line with research on children and young people living in long-term poor families some difference emerged. In the current study self-excluding behaviour characteristic of avoidance-oriented strategies was not found. Unlike young people living in poverty where self-exclusion and the avoidance of exposure to situations where resource disparities are highlighted are common, the young people in the current study did not regard parental unemployment and the familys loss of income as stigmatizing. Rather, they expressed awareness of how macro-economic forces had impacted on their lives and, as active agents, developed strategies that enabled them to adjust to the familys new economic reality and even saw several positive outcomes with parent´s unemployment. The implications of this result indicate that socialworkers working with young people in families affected by periodic, rather than longterm unemployment need to reconsider interpretations of behavior that are rooted in the assumption that economic adversity generates stigma and shame.

  • 95.
    Bolin, Anette
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Young Peoples Strategies for Handling Economic Adversity: Extending the Research Agenda2016In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 309-325Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As an extension of the research into strategies for handling economic adversity of young people in poor families, this study examines strategy use in the context of middle-income families affected by unemployment. Interviews with 39 young people in previously comfortably-off families where one or both of the parents had become unemployed were conducted. The purpose was to explore how, in a Swedish context, young people think about and respond to situations following a drastic reduction in family income. Results indicate that while the strategies used by these young people are generally similar to those in poor families, no use of avoidance-oriented strategies was found. This, it is argued, is because parental unemployment and financial adversity are not perceived as stigmatizing.

  • 96.
    Bolin, Anette
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Molin, Martin
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
    Epilog: Socialpedagogisk handling: förutsättningar, utmaningar och möjligheter2018In: Socialpedagogisk handling: i teori och praktik / [ed] Martin Molin & Anette Bolin, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2018, p. 185-188Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 97.
    Bolin, Anette
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Sorbring, Emma
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Att organisera stöd så att barns och ungas aktörskap tas till vara2018In: Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap: grundläggande perspektiv / [ed] Johansson, Thomas & Sorbring, Emma, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 638-651Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 98.
    Bolin, Anette
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Sorbring, Emma
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Psychology and organization studies.
    Consequences of Availability of 'extended´ Pupil Welfare Interventions2016In: Nordic Youth Research Symposium: Youth Moves – Voices – Spaces – Subjectivities, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2016, p. 59-59Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Children and young people living in families with alcohol misuse, violence or a parents psychiatric illness are commonly regarded as a group at risk of developing social and health problems, but also at risk of failing in school. Teachers, school social workers and other relevant staff all have important roles to play in identifying pupils within this target group. However research demonstrates that this process can be prolonged and professionals fail to identify young people at risk in early stages. This presentation offers an evaluation of the project Extended In-Depth Pupil Welfare (2013 2015) funded by the Swedish Public Health Agency. The research questions are: Does availability influence willingness to seek and accept support? , and In what way does this support influence school performance? In this presentation focus is directed to findings emerging from data with children and young people (N=88) who has received interventions. Statistics on grades (grade 7-9) and school absence and interviews (N=20). Thematic analysis has been adopted and the interview data was coded and closely analyzed by identifying increasinglevels of abstraction in the material. The result indicate that the children and young people perceive they can control whether, and if so, when they want to receive support from the support team (self-referrals). This, they report, contributes to a willingness to both emotionally and cognitively engage in the preRepuls program and in the counselling provided. Also three affordances facilitating childrens and young people´sself-referrals is identified: (i) the day-to-day presence of the social workers enables investment in relationships, (ii) team members use communication technologies in domains familiar to the children, and (iii) the social workers practice is visible. A further resultis also that grades are improved, often pointing to subjects such as Swedish, Maths and English and decreased absence from school.

  • 99.
    Bolin, Anette
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Sorbring, Emma
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    Consequences of availability of social work support in a school context: 'Extended' pupil welfare interventions and effects on school performance2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Children living in families with alcohol misuse, violence or a parent’s psychiatric illness are not only commonly regarded as a group at risk of developing social problems, but also at risk of failing in school. Teachers and school social workers have important roles to play in identifying these pupils. However research demonstrates that this process can be prolonged. Nor is it unusual that parents and/or pupils are unwilling to accept support until the home situation becomes serious and/or where the pupil’s school achievements have deteriorated.This presentation is based on an evaluation of the project ‘Extended In-Depth Pupil Welfare’ funded by the Swedish Public Health Agency´s national program ‘Developing New Evidenced Methods for Prevention and Interventions’. The project is based on the hypothesis that, by making established evidence-proven intervention methods normally offered by social services in social service settings available for pupils and their parents in a school setting, children and parents may be more willing to both seek and accept support at an earlier stage than had such interventions been available through normal social services channels. The research questions are: ‘Does availability influence willingness to seek and accept support?’, and ‘In what way does this support influence school performance?’ The empirical base for this presentation draws on (i) data from a survey of parents (N=137) and pupils (N=49) pre- and post-project that focused on perceptions of the availability of support from pupil welfare and socials services, (ii) data on school performance with regard to pupils in receipt of interventions (N=86), and (iii) individual interviews (N=20) with pupils who received interventions. Results indicate that the availability of social workers plays an important role for children’s motivation to seek/or accept support. Pupils regard encounters with the on-site interprofessional support team as impacting on their attendance, approaches to school work and achievement.

  • 100.
    Bolin, Anette
    et al.
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
    Sorbring, Emma
    University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
    När många vill "hjälpa till": Barns och ungdomars erfarenheter av interprofessionellt samarbete inom den sociala barnavården2014Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of children's agency can be used to understand how children actively shape their lives. While in social work there is a growing body of research on how children experience meetings that involve collaborating professionals, little is known about the ways in which they exert an influence and the strategies they use. The purpose of the study was, in a Swedish context, to explore children's perceptions of their agentic capacity to influence who works with them when many different professionals are involved in providing support. Secondly, the aim was to investigate the perceptions of their agentic capacity in regulating their participation and exerting an influence on outcomes in interprofessional collaborative meetings. Interviews were carried out with 28 children in receipt of social services support. The results revealed that, for the older children, perceptions of the exercise of agency involved both the exclusion of certain professionals from the collaborating group as well as the identification of those perceived asbeing able to help. Additionally, the children's agency could be seen to be implicated in their perceptions of actively making decisions to acquiesce in collaborative solutions. For the younger children agency was revealed in the way that they interpreted the situations involving collaborating professionals, recognizing that it is primarily parents who decide about contact with different 'helpers". Findings with regards to the second aim revealed that children perceive professionals' talk as restricting opportunities for input. They also perceive they have capacity to exercise agency by (i) conforming to expectations by pretending to be bored and disengaged, butat the same time paying close attention to what is going on, alert to important details concerning them, (ii) by using exit strategies, and (iii) by developing 'in-situ' strategies to end meetings believed to be of little value. Rather than, as previously suggested, being powerless in such circumstances, the children talk of how they carefully assess situations, and, from a position of apparent subordination, talk of ways of acting that reveal their agentic capacity. These insights are of importance for practitioners, who are encouraged to look beyond behaviours that first meet the eye.This research has been funded by the Swedish Children's Welfare Foundation Sweden (Stiftelsen Allmänna Barnhuset)

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