Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Att göra nya val - om nätverkets delaktighet i ungdomars väg ut ur ett missbruk
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To make new choices - The network´s involvement in the process of young addicts´ leaving abuse (English)
Abstract [en]

 The aim of this study was to examine how young people, who have been treated for their misuse and/or to learn to handle a parent's misuse, portrayed the network's implication in their wishes about improving their lives, to make new choices. The network included members of nuclear family, relatives, important persons at school/work and friends. The “professional network” (therapists and social workers) also became a part in the young people's life during a period. The main issues of this study concerned differences in their experiences of the young persons´ network relationships in before, during and after completed treatment. And also what has been important in the treatment. The most important result of the study shows that despite that all the young people have had experiences of difficult problems and life relations nevertheless came to improve their life conditions. The process of change, for several of the young people, took place during a long period of time, sometimes several years. The most important aspect in this process was the own will to change. The study shows a significant change in the composition of the network. From the time of drug abuse friends of the same age were the most important persons in the network. But the relationships with the family network did improve and was experienced as important after the completion of the drug abuse, also when the youth was over 18 years of age. When the treatment was connected to a network perspective the youths´ social networks came to play a more important role after completed treatment. And thus, when there was no network approach the youth often stood entirely alone, lacking support from both family and “the professional network”. Other important factors in the treatment concerned the relationship between the youth and the professional, where private consultations played an important role. It was likewise important that the professional made it possible for the youth and other members of the family network to start a dialogue about problems in the life situation of the youth. The fact, furthermore, that other related persons outside the core family has been invited to conversations, did also contribute to a positive outcome of the process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 112 p.
Keyword [en]
network, social network, substance abuse, youth/adolescent and substance abuse, qualitative study
Keyword [sv]
nätverk, socialt nätverk, missbruk, ungdomar, ungdomar och missbruk, kvalitativ studie
National Category
Social Sciences Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31233OAI: diva2:275850
2009-11-09, Socialhögskolan, Stockholm, 00:00 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Uppsatsen är också publicerad genom FoU Södertörn, Skriftserie nr 77/09 - Att göra nya val - om nätverkets delaktighet i ungdomars väg ut ur missbrukAvailable from: 2009-11-23 Created: 2009-11-09 Last updated: 2009-11-23Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(947 kB)565 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT02.pdfFile size 947 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Social Work
Social SciencesSocial Work

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 565 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 616 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link