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Social workers' assessments of needs and interventions for adolescents with substance misuse problems, criminal behaviour and mental health difficulties: a vignette study
Karolinska institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sweden´s National board of health and welfare, Stockholm, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3981-0353
Karolinska institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 16, no 5, p. 635-650Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the current vignette study was to examine how social workers assess adolescents with substance misuse problems, criminal behaviour and mental health difficulties, and how they make decisions about treatment interventions to reduce these problems. Earlier research has shown lack of knowledge concerning factors and processes that govern assessments and decisions in social work practice. In this anonymously administered survey, social workers in Stockholm, Sweden, were invited to assess fictitious youth issues. We found that social workers recognise the problems and needs of young people, but that they find it harder to link needs to evidence-based interventions. Also, there is a tendency to overrate alleged non-serious problems in the vignettes. We conclude that there is a need for increased knowledge about evidence-based methods and more structured procedures to broaden the basis for decisions.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna vinjettstudie var att undersöka hur socialsekreterare bedömer ungdomar med missbruk, kriminellt beteende och psykisk ohälsa, samt hur de beslutar om behandlingsinsatser för att minska dessa problem. Tidigare forskning har visat brist på kunskap om faktorer och processer som styr socialsekreterares bedömningar och beslut. I denna anonymt genomförda enkätstudie blev socialsekreterare i Stockholm, Sverige ombedda att bedöma fiktiva ungdomsärenden. Vi fann att socialsekreterare uppmärksammar ungdomarnas problem och behov, men att de har svårigheter att koppla behoven till evidensbaserade insatser. De tenderar ocksa° att överskatta mindre allvarlig problematik i vinjetterna. Vi drar slutsatsen att det finns ett behov av ökad kunskap om evidensbaserade metoder och mer strukturerade tillvägagångssätt för att utvidga grunden för beslutsfattandet.

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2013. Vol. 16, no 5, p. 635-650
Keywords [en]
Vignette study, social work, decision-making, adolescents
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Psychology Social Work
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25952DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2012.724384ISI: 000327186200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-25952DiVA, id: diva2:555758
Available from: 2012-09-21 Created: 2012-09-21 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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