Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
"Man kan undra vad man utsätter sig själv för egentligen": Socialsekreterares reflektioner kring psykisk påfrestning i yrket och hur den kan hanteras
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The focus of this essay is to further investigate and describe psychological strains experienced by child welfare workers. The method used was qualitative interviews, two group interviews. The research aimed to understand how child welfare workers were affected and handled the psychological strains generated by work through theory of coping and symbolic interactionism where humans are viewed as pragmatic actors. The research showed, as previous studies shown, that the child welfare workers experience a great deal of psychological strains generated by high turnover in staff and pressuring work demands. The child welfare workers felt inadequate and alone in their work tasks and experienced stress and anxiety. Coping was mainly used to regulate the emotional response of stressful situations instead of changing them, which is an effect of the limited possibilities to affect the working conditions. The support from colleagues was of limited resource but also an important coping strategy. The emotional strain of the high turnover in staff made the child welfare workers distanced from new staff, which leaves the workers lacking more support. The authors of this essay believes that lack of support and increased workload, affected by the high turnover in staff, results in staff leaving child welfare. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 62 p.
Keyword [sv]
Aktörsperspektiv, copingstrategier, psykologisk påfrestning, socialsekreterare
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-61954OAI: diva2:438987
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-09-09 Created: 2011-09-06 Last updated: 2011-09-09Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Man kan undra vad man utsätter sig själv för(389 kB)621 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 389 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Social Work
Social Work

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 621 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: 292 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link