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Hyvönen, Ulf
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Tafvelin, S., Hyvönen, U. & Westerberg, K. (2014). Transformational leadership in the social work context: the importance of leader continuity and co-worker support. British Journal of Social Work, 44(4), 886-904
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transformational leadership in the social work context: the importance of leader continuity and co-worker support
2014 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 886-904Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social work leadership has attracted growing attention in both social work practice and research. As social service organisations have changed in a variety of ways during the last decades, knowledge of how  leaders should act in these transformed organisations  is crucial. However,  few  empirical  studies have examined what  kind  of leadership  these changed  organisations  benefit from  and how  the  continuing  organisational change might  affect  the impact leaders have. The present study aimed at exploring the effect of transformational leadership of first line managers in a social work  setting.  We used a randomised  sample of  158 employees in a Swedish social service organisation, and examined the direct and indirect effect of transformational leadership on two important employee attitudes—commitment and role clarity. The results demonstrate the contri- bution of  transformational leadership  in creating  a workplace  where  employees  are committed and know  what  their  assignment is. Interaction effects of leader continuity and  co-worker  support  indicate  the  need  for  some stability  in  the  organisation in order  to increase the positive  influence  transformational leaders have on employees. This study has implications for leadership training in social work  and is a contribution.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2014
Transformational leadership, social service organisations, leader continuity
National Category
Psychology Social Work
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-62777 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcs174 (DOI)000338829500007 ()

First published online: November 19, 2012

Available from: 2012-12-18 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Hjelte, J., Hyvönen, U. & Sjöberg, M. (2013). Från tanke till handling: unga föräldrars beslut om deltagande i föräldrastödsgrupper. In: Ulrika Widding och Johanna Olsson (Ed.), Familjepeppen: en föräldrastödsatsning i Umeåregionen (pp. 13-18). Umeå: Umeå kommun
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från tanke till handling: unga föräldrars beslut om deltagande i föräldrastödsgrupper
2013 (Swedish)In: Familjepeppen: en föräldrastödsatsning i Umeåregionen / [ed] Ulrika Widding och Johanna Olsson, Umeå: Umeå kommun , 2013, p. 13-18Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå kommun, 2013
National Category
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163888 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-10-08Bibliographically approved
Hyvönen, U. (1993). Om barns fadersbild. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om barns fadersbild
1993 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
On childrens conceptions of the father
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to describe and to interpret how fathers are concieved by their children. Various aspects of the male parent and the relationship between the child and his or her father are beeing investigated from the childs point of view. Forming an understanding of the fathers significance from the childs perspective is of particular importance for the study. This perspective is being formulated from a position that looks upon the childs socialization and the identityshaping processes as primarily a matter of "what children do with what is done to children".The empirical data in the study was obtained by interviewing one hundred children, seven and ten year old girls and boys, partly from Umeå and partly from some small villages a few swedish miles away from the town. The semistructured interviews were made with children from five different schools and from eighteen different school-classes.Data show that a vast majority describe a fairly close relationship to a father with clearly anti-patriarchal characteristics. The middle-class father is seen as a more family-oriented parent, more equal to his spouse than the working-class father who is more likely of beeing described in traditional terms. Some gender-related patterns are shown that concerns different orientations towards the father. While the boys tend to view their fathers in direct relation to themselves - him and me - the girls are more likely to describe their male parents as familyfathers and from a perspective that sees him as a partner to the mother.From the characterization the children made of their fathers from the family-drawings, four different cateogories, representing various perspectives on the father, were identified: The Positive, the Ambigous, the Disappointed and the Neutral.The symbolic interactionism, based on the works of George H. Mead, is argued to be a fruitful theoretical framework for understanding the socializationprocess in which the childs concepts of its father are being shaped. From a perspective on the cultural modernization and its impacts on parenting and the relationship between fathers and children, it is also claimed that there are reasons to beleive that the tendencies of release from a traditional determination not only put new burdons on parents and children in modern society, but also provide a widening of possibilities and a powerful potential for forming more "normalized", non-authoritarian and non-oppressive, interaction-based relations betweenchildren and their fathers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 1993. p. 196
Studier i socialt arbete vid Umeå universitet : avhandlings- och skriftserie, ISSN 0283-300X ; 16
Fathers, children, child-perspective, fatherhood, childhood, family, anti-patriarchal, identification, socialization, Föräldrar och barn
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Psychology
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-70385 (URN)91-7174-784-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
1993-05-28, Samhällsvetarhuset hörsal D, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:00
Available from: 2013-05-14 Created: 2013-05-14 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved

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