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Hunden-människans bästa arbetskamrat?: En kvalitativ studie om hundens inverkan på arbetsmiljön
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study examines the meaning of having a dog in the workplace of personnel who work with therapy. The purpose was to examine the personnel’s view of dogs in their work envi-ronment. The study uses two theories. One is ‘psychosocial work environment’ and the other theory used is ‘symbolic interactionism’. The first theory aims to see the personnel in the con-text of their work environment. The second theory aims to examine the symbolic meaning of the dog for the personnel. The method used is a semi-structured qualitative interview with eight personnel that work in a place where they use therapy dogs as a part of therapy for the clients. The study showed that good work environment is very important to the personnel and that bad work environment affects them negatively both at work as well as at home. The study also showed that having a dog at a workplace has many advantages as cheering up the per-sonnel and clients, making the workload easier and makes the clients motivated for therapy. A negative aspect was that there are risks for allergic people and that the dog could be distract-ing to the clients.

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2012. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
therapy dog, work environment, work motivation
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78525OAI: diva2:541040
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-07-13 Created: 2012-07-13 Last updated: 2012-07-13Bibliographically approved

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