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Lövgren, Veronica, Filosofie doktorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9590-777x
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Namatovu, F., Ineland, J. & Lövgren, V. (2024). Exploring the perspectives of professionals on providing intimate partner violence services to women with disabilities. Violence against Women, 30(2), 622-640
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the perspectives of professionals on providing intimate partner violence services to women with disabilities
2024 (English)In: Violence against Women, ISSN 1077-8012, E-ISSN 1552-8448, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 622-640Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explored the experiences and perceptions of professional service providers offering services to women with disabilities exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). Eighteen in-depth interviews were conducted with service providers working in health care, social work, the police, women’s shelters, and the Centre for Violence Against Women. Our findings suggest that providing adequate IPV services to women with disabilities requires coordination and collaboration. IPV services were organized around five overarching themes: finding services; assessing the risk; identification; protection and care; and becoming independent. This approach was helpful for women who faced disability-related challenges in accessing IPV services.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2024
Keywords
accessibility, disability, intimate partner violence, services, professionals
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201131 (URN)10.1177/10778012221137916 (DOI)000889620500001 ()36408719 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85142652483 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, STYB-2019/0005
Available from: 2022-11-21 Created: 2022-11-21 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved
Hillborg, H., Lövgren, V., Bejerholm, U. & Rosenberg, D. (2024). Supporting education with IPS: advancing a career-oriented model for integrating work and study support for young adults in Sweden. Psychiatric rehabilitation journal, 47(1), 37-45
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supporting education with IPS: advancing a career-oriented model for integrating work and study support for young adults in Sweden
2024 (English)In: Psychiatric rehabilitation journal, ISSN 1095-158X, E-ISSN 1559-3126, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 37-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Supported education (SEd) provides individualized support to people with mental health problems to achieve their educational goals. Individual placement and support (IPS) has emerged as a model through which SEd may be efficiently delivered. However, the components and characteristics of educational support for these employment-focused services have not been fully explored. Building on earlier studies, we constructed a preliminary model of SEd components that integrated with the IPS model. The SEd model included the eight original principles of IPS, developed to reflect the SEd component, and two new principles were suggested. The aim of the study is to investigate these adapted principles by exploring the feasibility of applying them within established IPS programs providing both employment and educational services.

Methods: An organizational learning approach was taken, involving five IPS programs providing both employment and educational services to young adults with mental health problems. Data were collected through focus groups, interviews, and workshops with 19 IPS specialists.

Results: The results suggest that while the IPS principles provide a feasible and relevant structure for the development and provision of integrated services, adaptations that reflect the educational context were considered valuable when supporting young adults in pursuing their career-related goals. Conclusions and

Implications for Practice: The respondents confirmed that the SEd principles and the focus on support in educational contexts helped them to further develop their knowledge and strategies. While challenging, integrating SEd in IPS models shows good potential for supporting young adults as they struggle to reach longer term career-oriented goals. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Psychological Association (APA), 2024
Keywords
supported education, individual placement and support, supported employment, mental health problems
National Category
Social Work Psychiatry
Research subject
Psychiatry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-221829 (URN)10.1037/prj0000597 (DOI)001181872300004 ()38436660 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85189469060 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2024-03-06 Created: 2024-03-06 Last updated: 2024-04-15Bibliographically approved
Namatovu, F., Lövgren, V. & Wickman, K. (2023). Access and utilization of intimate partner violence-related services: The multiple-level barriers encountered by women with disabilities. Umeå: Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Access and utilization of intimate partner violence-related services: The multiple-level barriers encountered by women with disabilities
2023 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Current data suggests a high prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women withdisabilities (WWDs), yet there is still scanty research on the experiences of this population regarding access andutilization of IPV services.

Methods: Using qualitative in-depth data obtained from WWDs, our current study sought to identify factors thathinder WWDs from accessing and utilizing IPV services.

Results: This study showed that WWDs exposed to IPV encountered multilevel barriers nested at differentsocietal levels as they attempted to access violence-rated services. At the individual level, the identity category ofdisability, not knowing about certain forms of violence, and being better off silent were the main explanations fornot using IPV services. The role of personal connections was the main factor that influenced the utilization ofIPV services, at the interpersonal level while at the organizational level, a lack of effective communication, powerimbalances, inadequate resources, and failures to follow response standards were identified as the major barriers tousing IPV services. Societal incompetence, as exemplified by treating violence as a taboo and the lack ofregulations criminalizing psychological violence, was the main barrier at the societal level.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that regarding WWDs, improving their access and utilization of IPV servicesrequires interventions that address barriers at societal multiple levels including the individual, interpersonal,organizational, and societal levels. This should include early interventions and programs that not only targetWWDs but also include other key players such as service providers on violence recognition and improve thequality of services. There is a need to also review laws and regulations regarding psychological violence and thenature of interventions in place for this type of violence. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2023. p. 27
Series
CEDAR Working Papers ; 2023:26
National Category
Other Medical Sciences
Research subject
Public health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-206136 (URN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, STYB-2019/0005
Available from: 2023-03-28 Created: 2023-03-28 Last updated: 2023-03-29Bibliographically approved
Lövgren, V., Kalman, H., Andersson, K. & Ahnlund, P. (2023). Care recipients’ management of and approaches to receiving personal and intimate care. Journal of Social Work, 23(6), 1118-1134
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Care recipients’ management of and approaches to receiving personal and intimate care
2023 (English)In: Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1468-0173, E-ISSN 1741-296X, Vol. 23, no 6, p. 1118-1134Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Summary: An interview study was conducted with persons receiving home care services and personal assistance in Sweden (13 individuals, 25 interviews) with the aim to analyze their experiences of managing personal and intimate care. The analytical approach was guided by phenomenologically informed research and Erving Goffman's theoretical work on self-presentation and social life as it differs in frontstage and backstage settings.

Findings: A reflected approach to the complex challenges associated with becoming and being a person in need of personal and intimate care was revealed. This involved continuous adaptations and attuning to organizational and relational conditions of formal home care. Being a recipient of personal and intimate care does not mean being passive. It entails relating to and sustaining the care relation, where even choosing to accept suboptimal conditions is an act of agency. The recipients’ private homes were hybridized, transformed both into a waiting room, with the recipient on standby and into a workplace. The homes thus partly lost their character as a backstage realm where one could avoid the gaze of others. This also led to a hybridization of the personal sphere, in the form of marginal scope for true privacy, necessitating strategies for protecting one's own space.

Applications: It is important both to acknowledge the intrusive nature of personal and intimate care, which results in extensive hybridization of the home and personal sphere and to recognize care recipients’ agency in the relationship that care establishes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
disability, empowerment, qualitative research, social inclusion, social service, Social work
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214546 (URN)10.1177/14680173231197920 (DOI)001060696900001 ()2-s2.0-85170279215 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation, 20180140
Available from: 2023-09-25 Created: 2023-09-25 Last updated: 2024-02-02Bibliographically approved
Andersson, K., Lövgren, V., Ahnlund, P. & Kalman, H. (2023). Empathetic attuning: 'How would i feel if i had to expose myself all the time?'—strategies for managing personal and intimate care in swedish formal home care. British Journal of Social Work, 53(2), 921-938
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Empathetic attuning: 'How would i feel if i had to expose myself all the time?'—strategies for managing personal and intimate care in swedish formal home care
2023 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 53, no 2, p. 921-938Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden, as a welfare state, has a long tradition of providing formal home care and support to their citizens in their own homes, either through home care services or personal assistance. A large percentage of frail elderly and persons with disability who receive formal home care require personal and intimate care, such as help with eating, showering, getting dressed and personal hygiene. Managing intimacy and safeguarding the care recipient’s integrity pose particular challenges for staff. The aim of this qualitative interview study is to describe and analyse care workers’ (CWs) and personal assistants’ (PAs) strategies for managing situations and challenges related to provision of personal and intimate care in the context of formal home care. Semi-structured interviews with eleven CWs and nine PAs were conducted. Our analysis reveals a complex repertoire of relational and communicative strategies, within an overall approach - which we labelled 'empathetic attuning'—of relating to the current situation and task at hand whilst safeguarding integrity. These strategies were intertwined with dimensions of time. The possibility to accomplish satisfactory personal and intimate care rests on structural and organisational conditions that promote sustainable working conditions, where relations characterised by continuity, integrity and respect can be realised.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2023
Keywords
care workers and personal assistants, empathetic attuning, formal home care, personal and intimate care, relational and communicative strategies
National Category
Social Work Nursing
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-199277 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcac164 (DOI)000851543300001 ()2-s2.0-85148574686 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation, 20180140
Available from: 2022-09-11 Created: 2022-09-11 Last updated: 2023-09-28Bibliographically approved
Ahnlund, P., Lövgren, V., Andersson, K. & Kalman, H. (2023). Perceptions of intimacy and integrity in formal home care: [Föreställningar om intimitet och integritet i hemtjänst och personlig assistans]. European Journal of Social Work, 26(5), 828-839
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perceptions of intimacy and integrity in formal home care: [Föreställningar om intimitet och integritet i hemtjänst och personlig assistans]
2023 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 828-839Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden has a long tradition of providing social care and support to its citizens in their own homes through formal home care, delivered either by home care services or personal assistance. A majority of people given support by formal home care need assistance with personal and intimate care. The focus of this interview study was on exploring care recipients’, care workers’, personal assistants’ and care unit managers’ perceptions and experiences of intimate and personal care in the context of formal home care in Sweden. In total, 57 interviews were conducted with 42 persons. Three themes emerged in the analysis: Personal Hygiene, Personal Sphere, and The Contextual Variability of Intimacy. Interviewees described intimate care as being inseparable from a person’s service needs as a whole. Highlighted was how caring for and washing intimate body parts, intrusion into recipients’ personal spheres, and the need to preserve integrity vary depending on situational, temporal and relational aspects. To safeguard the care recipient’s influence, integrity and dignity in the reception/provision of care work, home care services and personal assistance, it is important to raise awareness of the variation in perceptions of intimate and personal care in education and inhouse training.

Abstract [sv]

I Sverige får ett stort antal sköra äldre och personer med funktionsnedsättning omsorg i hemmet, i form av hemtjänst och/eller personlig assistans. För majoriteten av omsorgsmottagare utgör personlig och intim omsorg både ett centralt och vardagligt inslag i verksamheterna. Fokus för denna intervjustudie var att undersöka omsorgsmottagares, omsorgspersonals och enhetschefers uppfattning om och erfarenheter av personlig och intim omsorg i hemtjänst och personlig assistans. Totalt genomfördes 57 intervjuer med 42 personer. Tre övergripande teman framkom i analysen; personlig hygien, personlig sfär och kontextuell variation av intimitet. Intervjupersonerna beskriver personlig och intim omsorg som något som inte går att separera från behovet av omsorg som helhet. Analysen visar hur intim omsorg och överträdelser av omsorgsmottagarens personliga sfär, samt behovet av att trygga omsorgsmottagarens integritet, varierar beroende på situationella, temporala och relationella aspekter. För att säkra omsorgstagares inflytande, integritet och värdighet i samband med omsorgsarbete, är det viktigt att i utbildning och inskolning skapa en ökad medvetenhet om olikheter och variationer i uppfattningar av vad som räknas som personligt och intimt i hemtjänst och personlig assistans.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2023
Keywords
Intimate and personal care, formal home care, home care services, personal assistance, integrity and dignity, Intim och personlig omsorg, formell hemtjänst, personlig assistans, integritet och värdighet
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-199052 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2022.2113862 (DOI)000844098800001 ()2-s2.0-85136604104 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation
Available from: 2022-09-01 Created: 2022-09-01 Last updated: 2023-09-04Bibliographically approved
Liljeholm, U., Hillborg, H., Argentzell, E., Lövgren, V., Rosenberg, D. & Bejerholm, U. (2023). The process of supporting careers for young adults with mental health problems: case study of a supported education program. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health
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2023 (English)In: Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, ISSN 2198-9834, E-ISSN 2198-963XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Mental health problems often appear at a young age. As the labour market places higher demands for education and competence, mental health services are focusing on young adults’ support needs for school and career opportunities. This study is a single case of an integrated supported education and employment unit in Sweden over an 18-month period. Multiple data sources illustrate the process of supporting careers and transition to school and work for young service users. This is a promising example of how careers can be supported through a flexible service that provides support for successful individual education and work trajectories among the youth. The service allowed for evolution of an identity process towards recovery through student and work roles.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Publishing Company, 2023
Keywords
Career advancement, Implementation, Person-centred, Recovery-oriented, Rehabilitation
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-204077 (URN)10.1007/s40737-023-00330-x (DOI)2-s2.0-85146250364 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-01-27 Created: 2023-01-27 Last updated: 2023-01-27
Liljeholm, U., Argentzell, E., Hillborg, H., Lövgren, V., Rosenberg, D. & Bejerholm, U. (2022). The Journey to My Student Identity: A Grounded Theory Study on Supported Education for Young Adults with Mental Health Problems. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, 203-219
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2022 (English)In: Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, ISSN 2198-9834, E-ISSN 2198-963X, p. 203-219Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Support for developing a work identity has been shown to be essential for the recovery process of young adults with mental health problems. Since research shows that the development of a student role during the educational years for these young adults may be interrupted, this time period may be relevant to explore in order to support career development and the critical transition to adulthood for this target group. To explore young adults’ experiences of participating in supported education that is integrated with vocational and mental health services, reflecting the process of developing a student identity while struggling with mental health problems. A grounded theory design was used. The material consists of 17 individual interviews with young adults aged 18–29 years who were receiving supported education. Young adults who study while having mental health problems encountered structural barriers and challenged engagement in education that created a gap between the students and the regular education system. Access to supported education was reported to decrease this gap and formed a bridge that to facilitate educational achievements. The achievements were related to several personal benefits that were important for the experience of meaning and identity development in the future. Supported education can contribute to enabling the development of student identity for young adults with mental health problems. This involves an engagement process and positive identity formation that may reduce stigma and is therefore important for the personal recovery process and career advancement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2022
Keywords
Community integration, Education, Mental health recovery, Psychiatric rehabilitation, Vocational support
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190818 (URN)10.1007/s40737-021-00253-5 (DOI)2-s2.0-85121035319 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-12-29 Created: 2021-12-29 Last updated: 2022-10-12Bibliographically approved
Hillborg, H., Lövgren, V., Bejerholm, U. & Rosenberg, D. (2021). Integrating Interventions That Can Support a Career-Oriented Recovery for Young Adults: Building on the Supported Education Knowledge Base. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, 8(1), 35-60
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating Interventions That Can Support a Career-Oriented Recovery for Young Adults: Building on the Supported Education Knowledge Base
2021 (English)In: Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, ISSN 2198-9834, E-ISSN 2198-963X, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 35-60Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Young adults experiencing mental health problems are less educated than their peers, putting them in a more vulnerable position for employment and career possibilities. While Supported employment models have been widely implemented, educational supports may be necessary in order to contribute to longer term and sustainable employment. The aim of this study was to describe the state of current research regarding Supported education services for individuals with mental health problems, with a particular focus on studies that address both educational and vocational goals. A scoping review of articles published between 2000 and July 2020 was conducted. Eight databases were searched, titles/abstracts and full-text articles were reviewed for inclusion. The results, which built on 56 included articles, were analysed both descriptively and thematically. The results suggest that the focus in the literature has primarily been on adapting and implementing models for the needs of different populations and contexts. Many of these build on integrated models focusing on both vocational and educational needs. Despite addressing varied populations and working in varied contexts, it is possible to identify a number of essential components when delivering educational support. The review suggests a need to look at work and studies as equally important from a career development perspective. The knowledge base developed through studying supported education services and the educational components of newly emerging services, can contribute to the further development of integrated models for young adults.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2021
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Psychiatry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-175540 (URN)10.1007/s40737-020-00197-2 (DOI)2-s2.0-85105599456 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2020-10-02 Created: 2020-10-02 Last updated: 2022-10-12Bibliographically approved
Namatovu, F., Ineland, J. & Lövgren, V. (2021). The perspectives of professionals on providing services to women withdisabilities that experience intimate-partner violence. Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The perspectives of professionals on providing services to women withdisabilities that experience intimate-partner violence
2021 (English)Report (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences and perceptions of the service providers on the wayexisting intimate-partner violence (IPV) services are organised to address the needs of people with disabilitiesexposedto IPV.

Methods: The researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 17 IPV service providers working in: health care,social work, police, women’s shelters and at the Center against violence. A semi-structured, open-ended interviewwere conducted between March 2020 and December 2020 and transcribed verbatim. A constructivist groundedtheory approach that is based on the principles of symbolic interactionism was used with the purpose ofexplaining how IPV services are organised for people with disabilities in Sweden.

Results: In the resulting theoretical framework service providers framed their experience and perceptions ofproviding IPV services to people with disabilities to require coordination and multisectoral collaboration betweendifferent sectors and actors was viewed as ideal for providing adequate services to women with disabilities,however this was not always the actual approach adoptedby all providers. The providers further illustrated thatservice provision for women with disabilities was organised around four overarching themes; pathways; screeningand identification; protection and care; empowerment and independence.

Conclusion: This study indicates that providing adequate IPV services to people with disabilities requiremultisectoral collaboration. This approach was considered instrumental for women with disabilities that often facedisability-related challenges that created difficulties in navigating several services on their own. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå universitet, 2021. p. 22
Series
CEDAR Working Papers ; 2021:7
National Category
Health Sciences Other Medical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-182523 (URN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, STYB-2019/0005
Available from: 2021-04-23 Created: 2021-04-23 Last updated: 2021-04-26Bibliographically approved
Projects
Postdoc grant: Having a voice that counts? Experiences of autonomy and influence regarding work and leisure for persons with intellectual disabilities. [2014-00687_Forte]; Umeå University
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