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Skilda världar: specialisering eller integration i socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The general objective of this dissertation is to describe and analyse how specialised respective integrated forms of organisation in the Swedish Personal Social Services (PSS) condition social workers’ interventions and client effects (outcomes). The three specific questions are: 1) How are structural conditions for social work with clients created in specialised versus integrated (generic) forms of organising PSS? 2) How do social workers carry out their work with clients in specialised versus integrated (generic) PSS-organisations? 3) How do different organisational models of PSS  influence the results for clients?

The research was conducted in three Swedish municipalities with different organisational models within the personal social services: 1) specialised organisation, 2) integrated organisation, and 3) a “combined” organisation with a mix between integration and specialisation.

The research had a complex design. It was carried on as comparative case study. Data was collected in several different ways: 1) by means of survey among social workers, 2) by interviewing politicians, mangers and social workers, 3) focus groups consisting of social workers, 4) by collecting official documents, guidelines etc. 5) by mapping of the organisation of social services in the municipalities by means of analyse of their homepages and additional interviews by telephone.  The data were analysed using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

The main results in this dissertation are: 1) In the majority of Swedish municipalities the PSS are nowadays specialized. 2) The formal organizational structure of PSS is always challenged by the employees’ spontaneous organising process that goes in an opposite direction. 3) Only the integrated (generic) organisation emphasizes social workers professional competence and knowledge. 4) Social workers, as a professional group, have the collective power to (to a certain degree) influence political decisions on what kind of PSS organisation is chosen in their municipality. 5) Regardless of organisation model, social workers’ method use is more unspecific than specific. 6) Social workers, in general, place significantly more weight on working with clients’ relationships and aspects of trust than on (specific or unspecific) working methods. 7) A holistic (generic) view of a client can only exist in a direct relationship between social worker and the individual and a unique client. It seems difficult to build in holism into primarily specialised organisations. 8) One may question whether a specialised organisation leads to specialisation of its employees in a way that they become experts on specific problems.

The three organisational models are not equally good. Neither the specialised organisation nor the combined organisation is able to create economic or organisational conditions for working with clients that are clearly experienced as good. This also holds true for assessment of need, possibilities to make relevant interventions, such as building relationships. Those two organisations show several deficits regarding work with clients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2010. , 110 p.
Series
Studier i socialt arbete vid Umeå universitet : avhandlings- och skriftserie, ISSN 0283-300X ; 66
Keyword [en]
social work, personal social services, client work, organisation, profession, knowledge, specialisation, integration, holism, genericism, Social work, personal social services, client work, organisation, profession, knowledge, specialisation, integration, holism, genericism
Keyword [sv]
socialt arbete, IFO, lientarbete, organisationer, professioner, kunskap, specialisering, interration, holism, genericism
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37663ISBN: 978-91-7459-101-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-37663DiVA: diva2:369630
Public defence
2010-12-10, Hörsal E, Humanisthuset, Umeå, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Specialisering eller integration av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg. Effekter på insatser och resultat.
Available from: 2010-11-19 Created: 2010-11-11 Last updated: 2010-11-19Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Från integrering till specialisering: om organisering av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg 1988-2008
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från integrering till specialisering: om organisering av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg 1988-2008
2009 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, no 2, 162-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Individ- och familjeomsorgen i Sveriges kommuner har under de senaste tjugo åren gått från ett mer generalistikt orienterat arbetssätt till en organisation med specialiserade arbetsgrupper. I den här artikeln visar vi på olika former av specialisering och redovisar en kartläggning över hur det ser ut i kommunerna idag. Vi diskuterar också möjliga anledningar till förändringen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Förbundet För Forskning i Socialt Arbete, 2009
Keyword
individ- och familjeomsorg, IFO, integrering, specialisering
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26094 (URN)
Projects
Specialisering eller integration av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg. Projektledare prof. Björn Blom
Available from: 2009-09-23 Created: 2009-09-23 Last updated: 2015-02-09Bibliographically approved
2. Specialisering eller integration? En studie av socialarbetares syn på arbetsvillkor och insatser i tre organisationsformer.:  
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Specialisering eller integration? En studie av socialarbetares syn på arbetsvillkor och insatser i tre organisationsformer.:  
2010 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, no 2, 189-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Det är en tydlig trend under de senaste tjugo åren att Socialtjänstensorganisation av individ- och familjeomsorgenblivit alltmer specialiserad. I den här artikeln redovisas enstudie av socialarbetares syn på arbetsvillkor och insatseri tre kommuner med olika organisationsformer: specialiserad,integrerad respektive blandad organisationsform.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Förbundet för forskning i socialt arbete (FORSA), 2010
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37055 (URN)
Projects
Specialisering eller integration av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg? Effekter på insatser och resultat (FAS dnr 2004-0153)
Available from: 2010-10-19 Created: 2010-10-19 Last updated: 2012-03-22Bibliographically approved
3. Socialarbetares syn på för- och nackdelar med den egna IFO-organisationen.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Socialarbetares syn på för- och nackdelar med den egna IFO-organisationen.
2010 (Swedish)Other (Other academic)
Keyword
socialt arbete, socialtjänst, individ- och familjeomsorg, klientarbete, organisation, profession, specialiserin, integration
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37542 (URN)
Projects
Specialisering eller integration av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg. Effekter på insatser och resultat.
Available from: 2010-11-09 Created: 2010-11-08 Last updated: 2010-11-19Bibliographically approved
4. Different worlds within Swedish personal social services: social worker’s views on conditions for client work in different organisational models
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Different worlds within Swedish personal social services: social worker’s views on conditions for client work in different organisational models
2012 (English)In: Social Work & Society, ISSN 1613-8953, Vol. 10, no 2, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article presents a study of the personal social services’ (PSS) organisation and economy as conditions for social workers’ assessments of needs and appropriate interventions. One central aim was to study how different organisation models affect social workers’ client work, especially concerning possibilities to establish supportive relationships with the clients.

The study includes all staff in the PSS in three Swedish municipalities (n=247) with different organisation models: a specialised organisation, an integrated (generic) organisation as well as a combined organisation with elements of both specialisation and integration. Data collection used an on-line survey questionnaire which allowed various types of data, including relatively in-depth qualitative data. Consequently both quantitative and qualitative analysis methods were used.

The results reveal significant differences between the studied organisations. Neither the specialised organisation nor the combined one is able to create sufficient economic or organisational conditions for working with clients. This also holds true for assessment of needs and possibilities to make appropriate interventions, such as establishing working alliances. Social workers in the integrated organisation, on the contrary, to a high extent report adequate conditions for assessments of needs and interventions. This organisation hence appears as more advantageous than the combined and the specialised.

It is also striking that social workers in the specialised organisation perceive the organisation as not being focused on supportive relationships with clients, and sometimes as a direct obstacle. The specialised organisation is also characterised by substantial workload, social workers’ lack of time for their clients and discontinuity.

Keyword
social workers, generic social work, specialisation, client work, organisation models, personal social services, interventions, effects
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37548 (URN)
Projects
Specialisering eller integration av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg. Effekter på insatser och resultat.
Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2010-11-08 Last updated: 2013-04-10Bibliographically approved
5. Getting a sense of the client: Working methods in the personal social services in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Getting a sense of the client: Working methods in the personal social services in Sweden
2013 (English)In: Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1468-0173, E-ISSN 1741-296X, Vol. 13, no 5, 508-532 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Summary: This article presents a study of working methods used by social workers within the personal social services (PSS), in their work with clients. The study is part of a larger research project with the aim of describing and analysing how specialized respectively integrated forms of organizations in the PSS condition social workers’ interventions and client effects (outcomes). The study was carried out in three Swedish municipalities with different organizational models. Two of those represent ‘extremes’ as they have pure specialized (divided in different types of units) respectively integrated (generic) organizations. The third municipality has chosen a middle way with an organization that combines aspects of the two other models. All social workers within the PSS in those three municipalities were included in the study.

Findings: Our findings among other things show 1) that the use of unspecific methods dominates, 2) that several methods that are reported as specific are definitely not specific, 3) that specific methods often are used in free and unspecific ways, 4) that there seems to be a compensating movement (regarding use of methods) with the aim of evening out limitations in the formal PSS organizations, 5) that there are two relatively large groups of method users: ‘improvisers’ and ‘eclecticists’.

Applications: Social workers consider their relationships to clients and the clients’ trust as much more important (in order to achieve results) than any particular method. The use of methods is mirroring the social workers’ readiness before, and planned

adaptation to, different types of situations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2013
Keyword
Social work, integration, methods, organizations, relationships, specialization
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37549 (URN)10.1177/1468017311435047 (DOI)
Projects
Specialisering eller integration av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg. Effekter på insatser och resultat.
Available from: 2010-11-08 Created: 2010-11-08 Last updated: 2013-09-25Bibliographically approved
6. The dialectics between specialization and integration: politicians' and managers' views on forms of organization in the Swedish social services
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The dialectics between specialization and integration: politicians' and managers' views on forms of organization in the Swedish social services
2011 (English)In: Administration in Social Work, ISSN 0364-3107, E-ISSN 1544-4376, Vol. 35, no 1, 60-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is based on interviews with politicians and managers responsible for the personal social services (PSS) in Swedish municipalities with three different organizational models (specialized, integrated, or combined). The aim was to understand the factors that influence organizational processes within the PSS, and how different organizational models affect social workers' interventions. The main results are summarized in a heuristic model that presents a number of fundamental intra-organizational factors that influence the organizing of the personal social services.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2011
Keyword
social work, social services, organisations, specialisation, integration, holism, devolution
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37551 (URN)10.1080/03643107.2011.533624 (DOI)000286817400005 ()
Projects
Specialisering eller integration av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg. Effekter på insatser och resultat.
Note

Originally published in thesis with the title: "The dialectics between specialisation and integration: politicians' and managers' views on forms of organisation in the Swedish social services".

Available from: 2010-11-08 Created: 2010-11-08 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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