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Positiva förändringsprocesser bland unga vuxna i öppenvård
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Addiction Research Group)
(Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Positive processes of change among young adults in out-patient care

In contemporary society, the transition phase from adolescence to adulthood  is often described as a period of moving back and forth between youthful dependency  and independent adulthood in what is called ‘yo-yo-transitions’. However, studies of young people in need of out-of-home care, or other child welfare, for psychosocial problems, points out that this vulnerable group have limited possibilities to do these transition movements. The present study investigates positive change processes during this particular part of life in out-patient care clients. The research questions are: 1) How do young adult clients describe important factors for a positive process of change and 2) How are important factors related to the treatment described by clients and by treatment staff. Data consists of seven personnel interviews and twenty interviews with young adults that have completed out-patient care. The results suggest that the relation between an individual treatment staff and the young adult is central for the positive change process. In the discussion it is suggested that the preconditions for this relation are: 1) A genuine engagement and dedication from the professional. 2) With this first point as a foundation, the mastering of a spectrum of professional methods and the ability to choose when to use them are necessary means for positive change processes to come about. 3) A supportive organisation and leadership are crucial for setting the frames that makes the first two points possible to establish.

Keyword [en]
process of change, young adults, out-patient care
Keyword [sv]
Öppenvård, samhällsvård, unga vuxna, förändringsprocesser
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Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137132OAI: diva2:1060363
Available from: 2016-12-28 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2017-01-10

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