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Social workers´ ability to assess how clients experience investigation sessions - with and without the ASI
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1468-0173, E-ISSN 1741-296X, Vol. 9, no 3, 309-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Summary: Two groups of social workers (n = 19, n = 13)carried out two different forms of assessment session, one involvingan ASI (Addiction Severity Index) interview (n = 40) and onewithout (n = 43). After the sessions the social workers wererequested to assess both the clients' experience and their ownexperience of the session. The clients also reported their ownexperience of the sessions.

Findings: The results show that the social workers' assessmentof the clients' experience differs from the clients' own assessmentsregarding the sub-scales of alliance and the clients' senseof own competence. However, no difference was observed betweenthe social workers' assessment and the clients' negative experiencesof the sessions. The results show the importance of asking theclients for their views when testing new ways of working. Thiswill provide a more balanced picture as social workers are inclinedto perceive the negative aspects and misjudge other experiences.The two different forms of session, with or without the ASI,did not affect the social workers' assessment of the clients'experience of the sessions.

Applications : Testing of new methods of working in socialwork.

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Los Angeles: Sage Publications , 2009. Vol. 9, no 3, 309-321 p.
Keyword [en]
Addication Severity Index (ASI), alcohol and drug problems, assessment session, empathy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-25545DOI: 10.1177/1468017309334847OAI: diva2:232035
Available from: 2009-08-19 Created: 2009-08-19 Last updated: 2011-06-08Bibliographically approved

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