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Reluctant help-seekers and agentic victims – Swedish Social workers’ talk about young men victimized by violence
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (Kritiska perspektiv i våldsprevention)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2752-4088
Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Practice, ISSN 0950-3153, E-ISSN 1742-4909, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 259-277Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to investigate how Swedish social workers who work with supporting young crime victims construct young men’s violent victimization and their need for help. The data consists of three qualitative focus-group interviews with trained social workers working with young crime victims. Based on data from focus-group interviews, the analysis shows that the social workers do not portray young men as passive victims; instead, they are viewed as victims playing an active role in triggering the assault and trying to handle their victimization on their own. Social workers also describe young men as reluctant to seek help and as emotionally withdrawn. The discussion addresses how male victims of violence are constructed and how clients’ as well as professionals’ traditional gender role expectations might affect the possibility for young men in distress to receive help.

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Vol. 29, no 4, p. 259-277
Keywords [en]
young men, violence, victim, social work, focus group
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-32991DOI: 10.1080/09503153.2016.1231802Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84987905504OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-32991DiVA, id: diva2:956264
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Socialarbetares förståelse av män som brottsoffer
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Finansierat av Svenska Brottsofferfonden.

Available from: 2016-08-29 Created: 2016-08-29 Last updated: 2017-12-27Bibliographically approved

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