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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(1), 117-133; doi:10.3390/socsci4010117

Bringing the Family Back in: On Role Assignment and Clientification in the Swedish Social Services

Department of Social Work, Umeå University, Umeå SE-90187, Sweden
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Academic Editors: Nathan Hughes and Carolina Munoz-Guzman
Received: 28 November 2014 / Revised: 22 January 2015 / Accepted: 30 January 2015 / Published: 5 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Understanding and Supporting 'Families with Complex Needs')
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Abstract

In Sweden, municipal social services provide help and support for vulnerable people with a variety of needs. Although the family has long been understood to be a focus of social work interventions, it is unclear how it is brought into the casework process in the highly individualised and specialised municipal social services. Therefore, in this study we investigated processes of client-making and role assignment in five service sectors: social assistance, child welfare, substance abuse, disability, and elderly care. We carried out focus group interviews with social workers in each of these sectors in a mid-sized community in central Sweden. Findings showed that clienthood and the family are interpreted in different ways. The family is brought into or kept out of service provisions in ways that are connected to social workers’ construction of the family either as expert, client or non-client. However, the role of the family may also change during the casework process. Findings are examined in relation to theories of the welfare state and implications for family-focused practice are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: clienthood; family; social services; focus groups; familialisation clienthood; family; social services; focus groups; familialisation
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Gümüscü, A.; Nygren, L.; Khoo, E. Bringing the Family Back in: On Role Assignment and Clientification in the Swedish Social Services. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 117-133.

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