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A focus group investigation of care-provider perspectives in Swedish institutions for the coersive care of substance abusers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (ARG - Addiction Research Group)
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 14, no 1, 55-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Treatent processes, what is being done and why it is being done in treatment arrangements, is a field of substane abuse study in wich relatively little research has been done. There are several methodological problems. The method used in this study of care providers´perspectives in Swedish LVM-institutions (institutions för the coercive care of substance abusers) i the focus group. In order to get a comprehensive approach, a strategic selection of four institutions was made, based on the institutions´therapeutic or pedagogical viewpoint. The analyses reveal that it is impossible to discern an explicit description of what constitutesmotivational work at any of the LVM institutions, that the proveders at the four LVM institutions, that the providers at the four LVM institutions gave completely different pictures of coersive care and that they used different tools to accomplish ther central task - to motivate the clients. At three of the institutions the clients´abuse problems were only mentioned in passing in their treatment, and the staff spoke of the clients´resistance and negative attitudes against the coercion as obstacles the had to negotiate in order to continue the motivation work. The most radical strategy was to work as though the coercion did not exist.

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Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Vol. 14, no 1, 55-64 p.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98616DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2005.00339.xOAI: diva2:684657
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-10-23Bibliographically approved

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