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Grell, P., Blom, B. & Ahmadi, N. (2019). Conditions for helping relations in specialized personal social services: – a client perspective on the influence of organizational structure. Nordic Social Work Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conditions for helping relations in specialized personal social services: – a client perspective on the influence of organizational structure
2019 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article highlights organizational structure as a factor influencing condi- tions for helping relations. It is based on a survey study and an interview study, both directed at parents in families that have parallel contacts in different parts of Swedish personal social services (PSS). The aim is to describe and analyse conditions for helping relations when clients with complex needs encounter specialized PSS.

Low system trust, people processing dimensions of work, and an organi- zational and a professional emphasis on formal organizational structures and boundaries were found to constitute unfavourable conditions. Conversely, an occurrence of individual trust, people sustaining and people changing dimensions of work, as well as informal organization and individual social workers’ boundary spanning efforts, constituted favourable conditions. The article concludes that greater understanding of how clients are affected by contextual service conditions can give some pointers towards how to gen- erally improve services for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Helping relations, social services, organizational structure, specialization, client perspective, Hjälpande relationer, socialtjänst, organisationsstruktur, specialisering, klientperspektiv
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157638 (URN)10.1080/2156857X.2019.1596148 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-03-28 Created: 2019-03-28 Last updated: 2019-03-29
Blom, B. & Morén, S. (2019). Theory for social work practice (1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Theory for social work practice
2019 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book presents a theory with the ambition of both describing and explaining the nature of social-work practice. It is the first book that presents an explanative theory developed specifically from and for social-work practice.

One of the fundamental questions is: How can we explain how results in social-work practice emanate from social worker's and clients' actions under certain contextual conditions?

The theory presented in this book is named CAIMeR, which means that it takes a systematic and coherent approach to the theory of Contexts, Actors, Interventions, Mechanisms and Results. The meta-theoretical basis is critical realism, where a key feature is the concept of generative mechanisms. This perspective can help us capture the often unobservable powers that explain how results in social work emerge as a consequence of interventions and contextual conditions. The book also presents a domain theory that explains how social workers' professional practice is conditioned by politics, management and institutional conditions.

This book is essential reading for students in social work and adjoining disciplines, but also for researchers, managers and professional social workers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. p. 200 Edition: 1
Keywords
Social work practice, CAIMeR, Contexts, Actors, Interventions, Mechanisms, Results, Domain theory
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156037 (URN)978-91-44-12500-8 (ISBN)
Note

This volume is a translation of Teori för socialt arbete, published in Swedish 2015 by Studentlitteratur

Available from: 2019-02-01 Created: 2019-02-01 Last updated: 2019-04-17Bibliographically approved
Padyab, M., Armelius, B.-Å., Armelius, K., Nyström, S., Blom, B., Gröonlund, A.-S. & Lundgren, L. (2018). Is Clinical Assessment of Addiction Severity of Individuals with Substance UseDisorder, Using the Addiction Severity Index, A Predictor of Future InpatientMental Health Hospitalization? A Nine-Year Registry Study. Journal of dual diagnosis, 14(3), 187-191
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Is Clinical Assessment of Addiction Severity of Individuals with Substance UseDisorder, Using the Addiction Severity Index, A Predictor of Future InpatientMental Health Hospitalization? A Nine-Year Registry Study
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2018 (English)In: Journal of dual diagnosis, ISSN 1550-4263, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 187-191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: In Sweden, the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) is the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare's recommended substance use disorder assessment tool and used routinely for patient intakes. Our study of 213 individuals assessed for substance use disorder with the ASI used nine years of the National Patient Register and examined whether clinical social workers' assessments of addiction severity at baseline were associated with later hospitalizations for mental health disorder (MHD). 

Methods: ASI composite scores and interviewer severity rating were used to measure clients' problems in seven areas (mental health, family and social relationships, employment, alcohol, drug use, health, and legal) at baseline. A stepwise regression method was used to assess the relative importance of ASI composite scores, MHD hospitalization two years prior to baseline, age, and gender for MHD hospitalization seven years post-baseline. 

Results: Almost two-thirds of the individuals (63%) were hospitalized at least once for MHD in the seven years post-baseline. At the multivariable level, MHD hospitalization prior to baseline was the strongest predictor of future MHD hospitalization, followed by ASI composite scores for drug use, employment, mental health and, last, male gender. Conclusions: A key finding is that higher ASI composite scores for drug use and mental health are predictors of future need for MHD treatment. Future studies will replicate this effort with a national population of individuals with substance use disorder.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Addiction Severity Index; substance use disorder; register-based study; mental health hospitalization; Sweden
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159482 (URN)10.1080/15504263.2018.1466086 (DOI)000469842200006 ()29683791 (PubMedID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-1749Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016–07213
Available from: 2019-05-28 Created: 2019-05-28 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved
Evertsson, L., Blom, B., Perlinski, M. & Rexvid, D. (2017). Can complexity in welfare professionals' work be handled with standardised professional knowledge?. In: Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski (Ed.), Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices (pp. 209-221). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Can complexity in welfare professionals' work be handled with standardised professional knowledge?
2017 (English)In: Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices / [ed] Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski, Bristol: Policy Press, 2017, p. 209-221Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017
Keywords
social caring professions
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130696 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Blom, B., Evertsson, L. & Perlinski, M. (2017). European social and caring professions in transition. In: Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski (Ed.), Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practicies (pp. 1-17). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>European social and caring professions in transition
2017 (English)In: Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practicies / [ed] Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski, Bristol: Policy Press, 2017, p. 1-17Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017
Keywords
social caring professions
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130695 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Blom, B. (2017). [Förord till] Annemette Matthiessen, Birgitte Zeeberg & Maja Haack: Specialisering – et tveægget sværd? En undersøgelse af organisering i børne- og ungeafdelninger set fra en sagsbehandler- og en familiesynsvinkel.. Köpenhamn: Professionshøjskolen Metropol
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[Förord till] Annemette Matthiessen, Birgitte Zeeberg & Maja Haack: Specialisering – et tveægget sværd? En undersøgelse af organisering i børne- og ungeafdelninger set fra en sagsbehandler- og en familiesynsvinkel.
2017 (Danish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [da]

Hvordan skal arbejdet med socialt udsatte mennesker organiseres? Det er et spørgsmål som har været aktuelt i den vestlige verden siden slutningen af 1800-tallet, da fattigvæsen og finantropi overgik til at blive det vi nu kalder socialt arbejde. Idag arbejder socialarbejdere i de nordiske lande næsten udelukkende i organisationer, først og fremmest i kommuner, regioner eller staten. I denne rapport, som handler om socialforvaltningens arbejde med børn og unge i Danmark, bliver det tydeligt, at spørgsmålet om, hvordan det socialt arbejde skal organiseres endnu ikke er besvaret, selv om problematikken har eksisteret i mere end 100 år.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Köpenhamn: Professionshøjskolen Metropol, 2017. p. 2
Keywords
Organisation Specialisering Socialt arbete
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145245 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-26 Created: 2018-02-26 Last updated: 2019-05-29
Perlinski, M., Morén, S. & Björn, B. (2017). Pojmowanie skandynawskiej organizacji pracy społecznej w sektorze publicznym. Praca Socjalna, 4(32), 11-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pojmowanie skandynawskiej organizacji pracy społecznej w sektorze publicznym
2017 (Polish)In: Praca Socjalna, ISSN 0860-3480, Vol. 4, no 32, p. 11-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses conditions of professional social work in public organizations, especially from the perspective of the Nordic countries. We propose that public arenas for social work consist of three domains with different functions and logics, yet interconnected and interdependent. These domains are the domain of politics, the domain of management and administration, and the domain of professional practice. The individual local organizations – made up of these domains with their respective logics – are in turn conditioned by a fourth domain, the domain of institutional conditions. This latter domain contains ideals of control, norms, and views of knowledge and technologies that exist in society, that are legitimized and disseminated by central institutions, and that govern important aspects of how the individual local organizations work. The purpose of this work is to contribute to the development of a domain theory for the organization of social work in the public sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej, 2017
Keywords
public sector, organizations, professional practice, social workers, politics, administration, domain theory, sektor publiczny, organizacje, praktyka profesjonalna, pracownicy socjalni, polityka, administracja, teoria dziedzin
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147542 (URN)
Available from: 2018-05-07 Created: 2018-05-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Blom, B., Evertsson, L. & Perlinski, M. (Eds.). (2017). Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices (1ed.). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This collection provides new insights about current welfare professions in a number of European countries.

Focusing on research representing different types of European welfare states, including the Scandinavian and the Continental, the book offers in-depth understandings of professionals' everyday work within different contextual conditions, explored from empirical and theoretical perspectives. Subjects covered include knowledge and identity, education and professional development, regulation, accountability, collaboration, assessment and decision making.

This is a valuable contribution to the discussion of professionalism and welfare professions, offering lessons learned and ways forward.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017. p. 272 Edition: 1
Keywords
Professions, Professioner
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130693 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Perlinski, M., Blom, B. & Evertsson, L. (2017). Social and caring professions in European welfare states: trends and challenges. In: Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski (Ed.), Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices (pp. 253-265). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social and caring professions in European welfare states: trends and challenges
2017 (English)In: Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices / [ed] Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski, Bristol: Policy Press, 2017, p. 253-265Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017
Keywords
social caring professions
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130697 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Grell, P., Ahmadi, N. & Blom, B. (2017). The balancing act: clients with complex needs describe their handling of specialised personal social services in Sweden. British Journal of Social Work, 47(3), 611-629
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The balancing act: clients with complex needs describe their handling of specialised personal social services in Sweden
2017 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 47, no 3, p. 611-629Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Dealing with specialised social service organisations can be a challenge for clients with complex needs. These organisations may appear confusing and hard to navigate, and there is also a risk of service fragmentation, as such clients often participate simultaneously in an array of interventions. An additional complication to be handled is that these parallel interventions can range from voluntary to more or less involuntary. The aim of the present article is to describe and analyse how clients with complex needs account for their handling of service conditions within specialised personal social services (PSS), using data from a qualitative interview study with PSS clients in Sweden. A conceptual model is presented, covering four ideal typical client approaches to these specialised services: consensus, resignation, fight and escape. One key finding is that the clients combined these approaches in a balancing act intended to promote their own best interests in their parallel contacts with different parts of the specialised PSS organisation. The article concludes that future improvements in social services could be made by paying more attention to the structural arrangements that surround encounters between clients and the social services, as well as clients’ valuable first-hand knowledge of social service organisations.

Keywords
Personal social services, organisational structure, specialization, client perspective
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120184 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcw042 (DOI)000404553500002 ()
Available from: 2016-05-10 Created: 2016-05-10 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Projects
How do social workers and doctors use knowledge in practice? A comparison between two professions [2009-00251_Forte]; Umeå UniversityAddiction treatment outcomes [2010-01379_Forte]; Umeå UniversityOutcomes and evaluation of addiction treatment [2012-01438_Forte]; Umeå UniversityNetwork: for Comparative Research on Professions (N-CORP) [2012-01448_Forte]; Umeå UniversityA network for Comparative Research on Addiction Treatment (CRAT) [F13-1547:1_RJ]; Umeå UniversitySubstance abuse research in welfare states with different social work cultures [2016-07281_Forte]; Umeå University
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-5867-234X

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