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Swedish Social Workers’ Perceptions of Harm Reduction Methods in Substance Abuse Treatment
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore how harm reduction methods are perceived by Swedish social workers working with treatment of substance abuse. In doing so, qualitative research method with semi-structured interviews was conducted with five social workers practicing within the social services adult unit from three different municipalities in mid-Sweden. The gathered data was analyzed through the perspective of the two related theoretical frameworks of social constructionism and discourse theory. The result revealed diverse perceptions and perspectives regarding harm reduction methods which both were conflicted between participants and within the participants. Methods practiced in Sweden were to a large degree perceived as positive. Perceptions regarding methods outside of Sweden were to a large degree split between an overall negative perception and a conflicted perception between negative views on the legitimization of drugs and positive perceptions regarding preventive positive outcomes. From the chosen theoretical framework, The participating social workers’ perceptions appeared to be influenced by experience, social context, and a prohibitionist discourse on drug abuse that has since long been predominant in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
Harm reduction, Zero-tolerance, Swedish Substance Abuse Discourse, Social Work, Social constructionism, Discourse
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Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30220OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30220DiVA, id: diva2:1331050
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Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
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Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved

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