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Approaching drinking problems in single male clients receiving social assistance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 2, 257-274 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How are drinking problems in single male clients receiving social assistance approached?This subject has been investigated in two studies. In Study I, 103 social workersresponded to a questionnaire on how they would act towards a hypothetical client. Theresults suggest that there is no consensus among social workers as to how to act towardstheir clients’ drinking problems and that personal values more than anything else arewhat seem to influence the choice of action taken. Study II is based on focus groupinterviews with social workers. The social workers’ approach to the clients’ problems isdescribed as a mobile point within a two-dimensional system. One dimension concernsthe client’s right to equal treatment versus the right to have their application judgedindividually with special circumstances considered. The other dimension is related to theclient’s integrity versus the need for support and control. The results are contextualisedmainly from three aspects: the demands on ‘knowledge’ in social work, the specificframework of social work, and changes in the public discourse regarding sociallyacceptable drinking habits.

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2012. Vol. 15, no 2, 257-274 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Assistance, Alcohol Problems, Social Workers, Vignettes, Focus Groups
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Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65916DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2010.516496ISI: 000305915600008OAI: diva2:466033
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2012-10-12Bibliographically approved

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