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Adjustment of Somali women in relation to societal systems in the Swedish society: A qualitative case study of five Somali women’s experiences
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aims of this study are; (a) to explore how Somali women experience their adjustment in the Swedish society in connection to societal systems, and (b) to investigate these women’s perspective of how to make the adjustment process more effective in respect to their needs. The adjustment of the participants has been investigated through a social ecological theoretical framework. Thematic analysis has been utilised to present three themes; assistance, inclusion and self-sufficient which are discussed using social ecological theoretical perspective. Results showed that lack of assistance and sufficient information has led to these women feeling helpless and lost motivation to adjust. The women showed disappointment with regard to self-sufficiency which has not been what they have expected. The suggestions made by the interviewees included assistance in their native language during their first years in the new country, inclusive opening of meeting places and an increased assessment of personal resources when receiving help to find employment. Making adjustment more effective for newly arrived immigrants in new countries is fundamental to international social work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Adjustment, Somali women, Sweden, Societal Systems, Social Ecological Theory
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Social Work Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23665DiVA: diva2:1076058
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
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Available from: 2017-03-08 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-03-08Bibliographically approved

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