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A comparative study of experiences of client violence and its impact among Iranian and Swedish social workers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 18, no 1, 129-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Client violence toward social workers has been recognized as a serious problem and major concern has been raised with regard to its impacts on social workers’ practice, and physical and psychological health. There is recognition among researchers and policy makers that it is time for international social work community to develop conventions and agreements to address this issue globally. A cross-cultural study between Sweden and Iran was conducted to compare and contrast levels of violence between the two countries. Prevalence of violence was 72% in Sweden and 68% in Iran. Iranian social workers show a significantly higher increase in general mental health problems regarding client violence, compared to Swedish social workers. Despite differences in rules and regulations between Sweden and Iran, client violence was found common in two countries. Preventive policies for detecting potential violence situation are good but not enough. We suggest taking actions on building trust and supportive structures within organisations.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 18, no 1, 129-139 p.
Keyword [en]
Clinect violence, Social worker, Comparative, mental health, Sweden, Iran
Keyword [sv]
Komparativ studie, Socialarbetare, Våld, Psykisk hälsa, Sverige, Iran
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85485DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2014.883367ISI: 000346340100010OAI: diva2:693848

Alternativ svensk titel: En komparativ studie om förekomsten och konsekvenser av våld mot iranska och svenska socialarbetare

Available from: 2014-02-05 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2015-03-09Bibliographically approved

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