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Problematiska mönster eller enskilda problem?: En kvantitativ studie av kön och problembedömningar i socialtjänstens handläggning av ekonomiskt bistånd
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Gender Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

I Sverige finns ett anmäkningsvärt stort utrymme för enskilda handläggares subjektivitet i bedömningen av socialbidragsklienter. Tidigare studier baserade på vinjettdata tyder på att handläggarnas bedömningar av klienternas problem och hjälpbehov tenderar att reproducera traditionella könsroller. Samtidigt saknas kunskap om betydelsen av kön i bedömningar av riktiga klienter. I den här studien analyseras könsrelaterade mönster i enkätdata om 138 handläggares bedömningar av psykosociala och hälsorelaterade problem hos 471 socialbidragsklienter. Resultaten påvisar bedömningsmönster som kan hänföras till både klienternas och handläggarnas kön, och uppmärksammar att dessa nivåer samverkar i bedömningar som rör alkoholmissbruk. Vidare framkommer att betydelsen av kön tycks samverka med andra sociala faktorer som ålder och födelseland. 

Abstract [en]

In Sweden, a remarkable part of the authority considering social assistance is determined by individual social workers’ assessments of the clients. Previous research based on vignette data suggests that the social assistants tend to reproduce traditional gender norms when evaluating the clients’ problems and needs. Yet, little is known about the impact of gender in the social workers assessments of real clients. This study is based on a survey sample of Swedish social welfare client cases (n=471), where the administrating social welfare assistants (n=138) served as respondents. Focusing on the assistants' assessments of the clients' problems, the statistical analyses show assessment patterns connected to both the clients' and the assistants' gender, and also, that gender on these two levels interact in assessments regarding alcohol abuse. Furthermore, the importance of gender seems to interact with other social categories such as age and country of birth.

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2015. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Social assistance, gender, assessment differences, quantitative method, problem assessments, gender-bias, social work
Keyword [sv]
Socialbidrag, ekonomiskt bistånd, genus, kön, bedömningsskillnader, kvantitativ metod, problembedömningar, gender-bias, socialt arbete
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118065DiVA: diva2:819862
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