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Äldres psykiska ohälsa, en bortglömd samhällsfråga?: En kvalitativ intervjustudie med biståndshandläggare om deras erfarenheter i sin yrkesroll i arbetet med äldre som har psykisk ohälsa och en textanalys av formella riktlinjer
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine how elderly with mental illness is assured help and support within the municipal elderly care in Stockholm. The aim was further on to receive an increased understanding of the social workers professional role and experiences in their work regarding elderly with mental illness. The empirical data has been obtained through group-and individual interviews with social workers operative within the elderly care in Stockholm, in addition to a qualitative text analysis. Based on the study's theoretical concepts: grass-roots bureaucracy, discretion and the principle of normalisation, the empirics has been analysed. The result indicates a deficiency of resources, a lack of knowledge regarding mental illness amongst the elderly, in addition to mental illness being difficult to define. Further on, aspects of restricted discretion and a lack of the normalization principle are described, which depictures that needs of the elderly individuals are set in relation to standardised efforts and resource priorities. To conclude, a reflection about how the municipal elderly care and its aim possibly would have altered if the principle of normalisation was implemented and based upon a model of rights. 

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien och dess sammanlänkade forskningsfrågor var att undersöka de biståndsinsatser som finns för äldre med psykisk ohälsa inom ramen för den kommunala äldreomsorgen i Stockholms stad. Studiens syfte var vidare att få en ökad förståelse för biståndshandläggares yrkesroll och erfarenheter i deras arbete med äldre som har psykisk ohälsa. Empiri har inhämtats genom kvalitativa grupp-och enskilda intervjuer med biståndshandläggare yrkesverksamma i Stockholms Stad, samt en kvalitativ textanalys. Utifrån studiens teoretiska begrepp: gräsrotsbyråkrati, handlingsutrymme och normaliseringsprincipen har empirin analyserats. Resultaten visar på bristande resurser, sviktande kunskap samt en svårdefinierad sjukdomsproblematik. Ytterligare redogörs för ett begränsat handlingsutrymme och avsaknad av en normaliseringsprincip, vilket synliggör att enskilda äldres behov ställs i relation till standardiserade insatser och resursprioriteringar. Slutligen förs en diskussion om hur äldreomsorgens utformning möjligtvis hade skiftat om normaliseringsprincipen hade beaktats utifrån en rättighetsmodell.

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2018. , p. 59
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37463OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37463DiVA, id: diva2:1283253
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Social Work
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2019-01-28 Created: 2019-01-28 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved

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