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Working with complex problem behaviors in juvenile institutional care: staff’s competence, organizational conditions and public value
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
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Sovil)
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Prisoner Health, ISSN 1744-9200, E-ISSN 1744-9219, Vol. 10, no 4, 239-251 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Institutional staff encounter juveniles with complex problems (externalizing and internalizing)which calls for adequate formal education/training and professional experience to deliver quality treatment, contributing to an effective organization and increasing public value. The purpose of this paper is to investigate staff’s formal education, professional experience and the institutions’ organizational strategies providing knowledge and clinical training to staff.

Design/methodology/approach

The study includes staff questionnaires from eight wards (n¼102). In addition, 39 in-depth interviews were conducted with management and staff members.

Findings

Results show that institutions lack clearly defined target groups, 70 percent of staff members lack college education, 30 percent has never been offered education within the organization, and the vast majority of staff does not feel competent in performing their daily work.

Practical implications

The results from this study shed light on an overlooked area in institutions, detention centers and prison settings, and are important to policy makers and governmental organizations responsible for coercive care of juveniles.

Originality/value

Unlike previous studies, treatment and detention organizations are emphasized as similar to manufacturing industry and profit organizations, and the results are discussed with departure in organizational theory.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014. Vol. 10, no 4, 239-251 p.
Keyword [en]
Prison staff, Juvenile offenders, Public value, Clinical training, Detention centres
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Humanities Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38673DOI: 10.1108/IJPH-04-2013-0018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38673DiVA: diva2:763939
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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