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Towards hybridization: the roles of Swedish non-profit organizations within mental health
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6330-5640
Ersta Sköndal Högskola, Institutionen för socialt arbete.
2013 (English)In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 24, no 4, 917-934 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In many parts of the Western world, interventions for people with mental illness have radically changed in recent decades. In the deinstitutionalized system of today, the role for non-profit organizations is generally characterized by dual goals: political advocacy and service provision. Here, the role and function of the user movement in the Swedish mental health system is examined through a case study of all local branches of the largest non-profit organization within the Swedish mental health field. The empirical material consisted of annual reports from all local branches, and was analysed through two analytical schemes, concerning voice/service and conflict/consensus. The analysis pointed to a user movement that still retained the basic ideas of peer support and mutual aid, but were also increasingly being asked by formal service providers to represent the need of users. A hybrid organization category, a ‘Social Movement Peer Organization’, was identified that where social recreational activities are combined with local political advocacy.

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Springer, 2013. Vol. 24, no 4, 917-934 p.
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mental health, user movement, non-profit organizations
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61652DOI: 10.1007/s11266-012-9287-8ISI: 000325478800001OAI: diva2:571311
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2012-11-22 Created: 2012-11-22 Last updated: 2014-10-29Bibliographically approved

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