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Arbetsvillkor i den sociala barnavården: förutsättningar för ett kvalificerat arbete
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis describes and analyzes the working conditions of child welfare social workers who responded to a comprehensive questionnaire (n=309, dropout rate 3 per cent).

In Study 1, the working conditions of social workers new to the profession (0-2 years) were compared with those of social workers with longer experience. The study shows that less experienced workers were more often found working in areas characterized by worse socioeconomic conditions and in workgroups where many others were also new and inexperienced. Although they described some aspects of their working conditions more positively they tended to report more health problems.

In Study 2, working conditions of the child welfare social workers were compared with those of other professional human service workers. The study shows that although social workers in general and child welfare social workers in particular made positive assessments of their working lives, social work was unusually demanding among human service professions on several measures of workload, complexity of tasks and quality of management.

In Study 3, the associations between the child welfare social workers’ working conditions and their health and well-being were investigated, controlling for background variables. The negative consequences of high job demands, especially for psychological health and well being emerge.

In Study 4, factors associated with the social workers’ intention to leave the job were investigated. The study showed that lack of human resource orientation within the organization was of greatest importance.

The results are analyzed from two different perspectives; the effort/reward model and new institutional theory. The main conclusions are that improvement is needed of the introduction to the profession at the workplace, that the status of child protective work needs to be raised and that social workers need help to limit their responsibility load, more time and space for reflection, and greater valuation of their work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för socialt arbete - Socialhögskolan , 2008. , 216 p.
Series
Rapport i socialt arbete, ISSN 0281-6288 ; 128
Keyword [sv]
social workers, working conditions, job demands, health, intention to leave
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7732ISBN: 978-91-7155-681-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-7732DiVA: diva2:198927
Public defence
2008-06-05, Aula Svea, Socialhögskolan, Sveaplan, Stockholm, 10:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2008-05-15 Created: 2008-05-14Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Ny i yrket men redan gammal i gården?: Arbetsvillkor för nya och mer erfarna socialsekretare i den sociala barnavården
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ny i yrket men redan gammal i gården?: Arbetsvillkor för nya och mer erfarna socialsekretare i den sociala barnavården
2007 In: Socionomens forskningssupplement, ISSN 0283-1929, Vol. 22, no 6, 62-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25107 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7732Available from: 2008-05-15 Created: 2008-05-14Bibliographically approved
2. Working in human services: How do experiences and working conditions in child welfare social work compare?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Working in human services: How do experiences and working conditions in child welfare social work compare?
2008 In: The British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, Vol. March 11, (Advance Access)- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25108 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7732Available from: 2008-05-15 Created: 2008-05-14Bibliographically approved
3. Work tasks or the organization-what matters for the health and well-being of child welfare social workers?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Work tasks or the organization-what matters for the health and well-being of child welfare social workers?
Manuscript (Other academic)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25109 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7732Available from: 2008-05-15 Created: 2008-05-14 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
4. Why are they leaving?: Factors Affecting Intention to Leave among Social Workers in Child Welfare
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why are they leaving?: Factors Affecting Intention to Leave among Social Workers in Child Welfare
2007 In: The British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, Vol. 37, 1225-1246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25110 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7732Available from: 2008-05-15 Created: 2008-05-14Bibliographically approved

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