Measuring Professional Judgements: An Application of the Factorial Survey Approach to the Field of Social Work
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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.
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 31
Factorial Survey Approach, Vignettes, Professional Judgements, Sociology, Social Work, Social Services, Substance Misuse Treatment, Multilevel Analysis, Knowledge Use, Professional Development
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8255ISBN: 978-91-85445-98-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-8255DiVA: diva2:199910
2008-11-14, hörsal 2, hus A, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Ludwick, Ruth, Professor
Bergmark, Karin H., Docent
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