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Ensamkommande flyktingbarns motivation till skola och arbete: - ”Varje dag människor går framåt ett steg, och det händer genom kunskapen.” Abbe
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Helen Larsson, Elin Fredriksson)
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to examine motivation in studies and/or work among unaccompanied adolescents who received asylum in Sweden. We have examined how six unaccompanied refugee boys’ ages 15-18 years describe their motivation, regarding both current studies and their potential future studies or work. We have attempted to capture the children’s stories about what the factors are that increase or decrease their motivation through qualitative research interviews. The children, who participated in the study, are all living on an accommodation for unaccompanied refugee children. We have analyzed the collected and transcribed material by utilizing two separate theories: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and The Self-Determination Theory. The main result for this study is that the unaccompanied refugee children describes themselves motivated to study and set high goals for them to achieve a college or university degree. They aim to later on work within high-status professions and they are aware that the only way to reach that goal is through higher education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 59 p.
Stockholm studies in social work, ISSN 0281-2851
Keyword [en]
Unaccompanied refugee, children, motivation, school, work
Keyword [sv]
Ensamkommande flyktingbarn, barn, motivation, skola, arbete
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101975OAI: diva2:706088
Available from: 2014-03-27 Created: 2014-03-18 Last updated: 2014-03-27Bibliographically approved

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