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Socialarbetares arbetssituation -En kvalitativ studie om sex socialarbetares framställning av sin psykosociala arbetssituation på en ungdomsinstitution

By Malin Andersson


The psychosocial work environment is a phenomenon that has become noticed in recent years. Previous research shows that working conditions for social workers working with children and young people in institutions is one of the professions where there is the highest risk of mental stress. With this in mind, the purpose of this study was to investigate how social workers in a youth institution in eastern Norway presented its psychosocial work situation to get a deeper understanding of whether and how their experiences were related to the psychosocial factors demands, control and social support. To fulfill the purpose, I have used a qualitative approach which was based on six semi-structured interviews. Karasek and Theorells (1990) demand-control-supportmodel has been used to analyze the collected empirical data. The results showed that the informants in comparison to previous research experienced a good psychosocial work situation. The social workers experienced high work demands, high self-control and high social support, especially from colleagues. Based on demand-control-support model's four work situations the social workers were placed in the category named active jobs , which is the most healthy work category . The results made clear that social support is the key component to experience a good psychosocial working environment since named support is the basis for the knowledge required to manage high demands

Topics: Psychosocial work environment, social work, demand, control, support, youth institution, Social Sciences
Publisher: Lunds universitet/Socialhögskolan
Year: 2015
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