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Vi är ju inte där för att ifrågasätta deras val i livet: – Biståndshandläggares erfarenheter av äldre alkoholmissbrukare
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


We are aware of the fact that elderly people suffering from alcoholism doesn’t stop their be-haviour the day they turn 65. But when they do turn 65, they might become a case for social workers who only handle cases regarding people over 65, and we wanted to find out if they have any experience of working with elderly who have problems related to alcohol. We de-cided that a group interview, a focus group, would be the best method when our purpose was to try discovering their own experiences, so we interviewed seven social workers in the Stockholm area. The interview was based on four main questions: the social workers experi-ences, difficulties in the cases, how to handle the difficulties and how the social workers talk about these cases among themselves. These questions were analysed with the theory of social construction, Bourdieu´s theory of doxa and Goffman´s theory of stigma. The analyse showed that the social workers had experience but that they didn’t want more recourses, they wanted a cooperation with social workers who specializes on clients with alcohol related problems. They currently focus on the individual, not the alcohol issue which we believe might be a problem in the future.

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2008. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Elderly, social workers (working with elderly persons), alcoholism, alcohol abuse.
Keyword [sv]
Äldre, biståndshandläggare, alkoholmissbruk, alkoholism.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26249OAI: diva2:208119

Available from: 2009-03-16 Created: 2009-03-16 Last updated: 2009-03-16Bibliographically approved

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