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Measuring Professional Judgements: An Application of the Factorial Survey Approach to the Field of Social Work
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The focus of this thesis is the factorial survey approach as a method for studying professional judgements in social work. The factorial survey approach, which was first introduced in the social sciences around the beginning of the 1980s, constitutes an advanced method for measuring human judgements of social objects. At the general level, this quasi-experimental approach involves presenting respondents with fictive descriptions of social objects (vignettes), in which selected characteristics describing the objects to be judged are simultaneously manipulated. This thesis consists of four studies: In Study I, I explore the general use of the factorial survey approach in sociology between 1982 and 2006. Study II and Study III consist of factorial survey applications in the field of professional judgement in Swedish substance misuse treatment, as organized by the social services. To be more specific, the aims of these papers are to disentangle predictors of social work practitioners’ choices of inpatient or outpatient substance misuse treatment (Study II), and of social work practitioners’ judgements about eligibility for compulsory care (Study III). Finally, in Study IV, I present a conceptual and an analytical framework for the application of the factorial survey approach to the study of professional judgements in social work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2008. , 74 p.
Series
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 31
Keyword [en]
Factorial Survey Approach, Vignettes, Professional Judgements, Sociology, Social Work, Social Services, Substance Misuse Treatment, Multilevel Analysis, Knowledge Use, Professional Development
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8255ISBN: 978-91-85445-98-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-8255DiVA: diva2:199910
Public defence
2008-11-14, hörsal 2, hus A, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2008-10-23 Created: 2008-10-23 Last updated: 2012-10-05Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. 25 Years of Factorial Surveys in Sociology: A Review
Open this publication in new window or tab >>25 Years of Factorial Surveys in Sociology: A Review
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25526 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8255Available from: 2008-10-23 Created: 2008-10-23 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
2. Modelling Ideal Treatment Recommendations: A Factorial Survey of Swedish Social Workers' Ideal Recommendations of Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment for Problem Substance Users
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modelling Ideal Treatment Recommendations: A Factorial Survey of Swedish Social Workers' Ideal Recommendations of Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment for Problem Substance Users
2009 (English)In: Journal of social service research, ISSN 0148-8376, E-ISSN 1540-7314, Vol. 35, no 1, 47-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the aim of examining predictors of social workers' ideal recommendations of inpatient or outpatient treatment for problem substance users, this study applied multilevel logistic regression to factorial survey data collected from a sample of 205 frontline social workers from 36 social services units in Sweden. The results show that social workers' ideal recommendations of inpatient or outpatient treatment are based on evaluations of a number of client characteristics. These include the clients' treatment preferences, their primary drug, levels of social resources, and age. In addition, it was found that professional recommendations are also determined by treatment availability and policy guidelines, and by the decision makers' own ideological convictions regarding alcohol and narcotics problems. This study brings to light the necessity of organizational routines that allow and encourage social workers to reflect on and to articulate their judgements and decisions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa plc, 2009
Keyword
Substance misuse; social services; professional judgement; treatment recommendations; factorial survey approach; multilevel analysis
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25527 (URN)10.1080/01488370802477436 (DOI)000262022200005 ()
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8255Available from: 2008-10-23 Created: 2008-10-23 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
3. Who "Needs" Compulsory Care?: A Factorial Survey of Swedish Social Workers' Assessments of Clients in Relation to the Care of Abusers (Special Provisions) Act
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Who "Needs" Compulsory Care?: A Factorial Survey of Swedish Social Workers' Assessments of Clients in Relation to the Care of Abusers (Special Provisions) Act
2005 In: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, ISSN 1455-0725, Vol. 22, no English supplement, 63-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25528 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8255Available from: 2008-10-23 Created: 2008-10-23Bibliographically approved
4. Measuring Social Workers' Judgements: Why and How to Use the Factorial Survey Approach in the Study of Professional Judgements
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Measuring Social Workers' Judgements: Why and How to Use the Factorial Survey Approach in the Study of Professional Judgements
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25529 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8255Available from: 2008-10-23 Created: 2008-10-23 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved

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