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Young residents’ view of support persons’ involvement in the institutional treatment programme: a one-year follow-up
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Sovil)
University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. The Life History Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. (CAPS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7426-9801
Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 5, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many youths placed in residential treatment centres (RTCs) have prior to placement had contact with professional and non-professional support persons (SPs). By interviewing 46 youths (residents) from 10 Swedish RTCs, the present study aims to investigate the residents' view of their relationship with SPs, and, in a one-year follow-up, explore obstacles to or possibilities for maintaining the relationship during the stay at the facility. Results show that 20 residents consider the SPs to be significant adults with an emotional involvement component; seven residents describe their SP as having an instrumental involvement attitude, while 19 residents did not report any significant SP at all. Several obstacles and a few possibilities for involving the SPs were found in the one-year follow-up. Both obstacles and possibilities mainly concerned the willingness of facility staff, and in some cases the social welfare agency staff, to encourage SP involvement. A more systematic SP involvement procedure is needed at the RTC, as well as on the part of the handling officer in the social service agency. Further, it is important that when new residents arrive, staff should make an inventory of important

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 5, no 1
Keyword [en]
criminality; substance abuse; professional helper; young people;
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Humanities Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38667DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2014.939699OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38667DiVA: diva2:763932
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2017-09-27Bibliographically approved

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