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  • 51.
    Forssell, Emilia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Olsson, Lars-Erik
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Grosse, Julia
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Medborgarna och den offentliga välfärdens organisering: utsatta medborgares erfarenheter av välfärdsorganisationers inriktning och praktiska utformning : en empirisk studie och kunskapsgenomgång2006Book (Other academic)
  • 52. Fürth, Thomas
    et al.
    Holmberg, Ingvar
    Larsson, Ola
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Raaterova, Mikael
    80-talisterna kommer2002Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 53.
    Gavelin, Karin
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Uppföljning av Överenskommelsen mellan regeringen, idéburna organisationer och Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting: Del 12010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Detta är den första delen av den fristående uppföljningsstudien om Överenskommensen mellan regeringen, idéburna organisationer inom det sociala området och Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting. I denna första del har Ersta Sköndal högskola kartlagt de uppföljningsaktiviteter som pågått under Överenskommelsens första år och de aktörer som deltagit i dessa. Studien utforskar även hur berörda aktörer ser på Överenskommelsens tillkomst och innehåll.

  • 54.
    Gavelin, Karin
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Kassman, Anders
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Engel, Charlotte
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Om idéburna organisationers särart och mervärde: en forskningskartläggning2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I den här rapporten redovisas en kartläggning av forskning om idéburna organisationers särart och mervärde. Detta tema är högaktuellt i dagens diskussioner kring idéburna organisationer inom det sociala området. Har idéburna organisationer någon särart? Har de något mervärde?

  • 55.
    Grosse, Julia
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Forskning om tillit i Norden - innehåll, särart och tomrum2009In: Tillit i det moderna Sverige: den dumme svensken och andra mysterier / [ed] Lars Trägårdh, Stockholm: SNS förlag , 2009, 1, p. 59-89Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 56.
    Grosse, Julia
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Nonprofitorganisationer inom vård och omsorg: en explorativ genomgång av kunskapsläget i Sverige, Kanada och Storbritannien2005Report (Other academic)
  • 57.
    Grosse, Julia
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Nordisk tillitsforskning: en kartläggning och värdering av det vetenskapliga läget2007Report (Other academic)
  • 58.
    Grosse, Julia
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Relationships between Social Capital and Trust: a Typology2008In: Perspectives on Social Capital and Social Inclusion, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    There is confusion about the conceptual relationship between trust and social capital and classification and grading of the connections between these concepts is lacking. It is argued that the relationship between concepts of social capital and concepts of trust needs to be strengthened. The objective of this study is to explore the relation-ship between social capital and trust in various theoretical and empirical studies of social capital and to develop a classification system for grading existing concepts/conceptual fragments. A qualitative review of the research on social capital and trust within such disci-plines as sociology, political science and economics is conducted. The results show that there is a strong distinction between the subset and the input-output view. It is argued that locating the problem is necessary in order to avoid category mistakes and validity problems. It is suggested that the different categories should be treated separately instead of integrating them and that one should be explicit about it. The conclusions are that awareness of different categories allows one to pinpoint one’s position and movements on the “conceptual map”. Further one conceivable classification of existing ideas about the relationship between social capital and trust might be the one into subsets and input-output including a range of specific sub-ordinate categories. It is also concluded, that measurement issues are in focus for the subset view; explanation for the input-output view.

  • 59.
    Grosse, Julia
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Rädda Barnen - en organisation i förändring: en studie om barnrättsaktiviteter på det lokala planet2007Report (Other academic)
  • 60.
    Grosse, Julia
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Volontärprogram riktade till ungdomar: en introduktion till ett nygammalt fenomen2006Report (Other academic)
  • 61.
    Grosse, Julia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Warming, Hanne
    Trust Building and Violation During Childhood Consequences for Children’s Wellbeing and Dispositions for Trust in Later Life2012In: Participation, citizenship and trust in children's lives / [ed] Hanne Warming, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, p. 52-72Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 62. Gullberg, Eva
    et al.
    Kassman, Anders
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Waltersson, Kent
    Ungdomar, civilsamhälle och stat: en undersökning om historiska relationer och en studie av samtida teorier om främjande ungdomsarbete2009Report (Other academic)
  • 63.
    Gärde, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Faith-Based Organisations and the Configuration of Civil Society in the MENA-perspective2009In: Non-Muslims in Muslim majority societies: with focus on the Middle East and Pakistan / [ed] Kajsa Ahlstrand and Göran Gunner, Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications :Church of Sweden , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 64.
    Gärde, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Watching Muslims on TV – on bonding and bridging social trust2008In: New routes : a journal of peace research and action, ISSN 1403-3755, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 14-17Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 65.
    Hammare, Ulf
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Kompetens i de sociala professionerna2004Book (Other academic)
  • 66.
    Hammare, Ulf
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Pappor som brukade: om en gruppverksamhet vid Ersta Vändpunkten2006Report (Other academic)
  • 67.
    Hammare, Ulf
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Samverkan för barn och ungdom: en antologi om konsten att bedriva projekt1998Book (Other academic)
  • 68.
    Hammare, Ulf
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Utrymme för flexibilitet: Värdegrund, särart och mervärde i en socialt inriktad idébaserad organisation2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Två tidsmässigt parallella skeenden kan iakttas inom det sociala arbetet. Å ena sidan pågår en process mot att höja arbetets kvalitet. Helt centralt är här att den sociala praktiken ska styras genom enhetliga riktlinjer och bygga på vetenskaplig, forskningsbaserad kunskap. En form av standardisering som initialt har riktats mot den kommunala socialtjänsten, även om arbetet i ideell och privat sektor också har berörts. Å den andra sidan kon­trakterar stat, kommuner och landsting ut alltmer socialt inriktad verksamhet på alternativa utförare i idébaserade organisationer och på företag. En förhoppning finns om att dessa verksamheter ska bidra med ökad metodologisk och värdemässig mångfald. Inte sällan tillskrivs just de idébaserade organisationerna en särart som i sig sägs kunna skapa mervärden och som i en förlängning skulle utgöra grunden till en efterfrågad pluralism. Hur förhåller man sig i en socialt inriktad idébaserad organisation när de här två parallella utvecklingslinjerna möts, när förväntningar om särart och pluralism korsas av krav på standardisering och en evidensbaserad praktik?

     I rapporten Utrymme för flexibilitet får vi följa hur verksamma inom Credo, familjehemsvärdar som arbetar för Credo samt uppdragsgivare som anlitar Credo, utifrån sina tre specifika perspektiv beskriver Credos verksamhet. Hur tar sig värdegrunden uttryck i det praktiska arbetet, beskriver man någon form av särart i Credos verksamhet och vad för den i så fall med sig av eventuella mervärden? Hur beskriver man de metoder som Credo arbetar med och hur förhåller man sig till frågor om evidensbasering och kvalitet?

  • 69.
    Hammare, Ulf
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Lundström, Tommy
    Socialt inriktade barn- och ungdomsorganisationer: vilka är de, vad gör de och vad vet forskarna?2001Book (Other academic)
  • 70.
    Hammare, Ulf
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Stenbacka, Susanne
    Socialt inriktade organisationer som arbetar mot missbruk: vilka är de, vad gör de och vad vet forskarna?2003Book (Other academic)
  • 71. Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia
    et al.
    Nordfeldt, MarieErsta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Bostadslös!: lokal politik och praktik2007Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 72. Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia
    et al.
    Nordfeldt, Marie
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Inledning2007In: Bostadslös!: lokal politik och praktik / [ed] Hansen-Löfstrand, Cecilia och Nordfeldt, Marie, Malmö: Gleerups , 2007, p. 11-29Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 73.
    Hansson, Jan-Håkan
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Work.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Whitaker, Anna
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Att ge och ta emot hjälp:  anhöriginsatser för äldre och anhörigstöd - en kunskapsöversikt2000Report (Other academic)
  • 74. Henriksen Skov, Lars
    et al.
    Svedberg, Lars
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Volunteering and Social Activism:: Moving beyond the Traditional Divide2010In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 95-98Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article introduces the special issue of the Journal of Civil Society on 'volunteering and social activism'. We think research and the scholarly debate on civil society for too long have ignored important research questions that start at the crossroads of the ideal types of the 'altruistic volunteer' and the 'political activist'. Behind the idea of pulling together a special issue was an ambition to open up an avenue for research and dialogue between two research traditions that, in our opinion, have had too little inspiring effect on each other. The special issue includes four articles that all raise important challenges to the impression of volunteering and social activism as separate and disconnected forms of civic engagement.

  • 75.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Changing Structures of Thought: A study of Employment Policy in the Swedish Red Cross 1989-19992000Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 76.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Individual Membership in Federative Organizations2003In: Seven Essays on Scandinavian Civil Society – a selection of papers presented at the PhD-course Civil Society Theories, Stockholm: Ekonomiska forskningsinstitutet, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm , 2003Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 77.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Members as Democratic Owners and Profitable Customers: on Changing Perceptions of Membership and the Commercialization of CSOs2010In: A panacea for all seasons?: civil society and governance in Europe / [ed] Matthias Freise, Miikka Pyykönen, Eglė Vaidelytė, Baden-Baden: Nomos , 2010, p. 163-180Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 78.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Reconsidering Membership: A Study of Individual Members’ Formal Affiliation with Democratically Governed Federations2008Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 79.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Symboler som skyddar liv2010In: Civilsamhällets många ansikten / [ed] Wijkström, F., Stockholm: European Civil Society Press , 2010, p. 367-389Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 80.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Symbols Protecting Lives: On Emblems, symbols, and Ideology as well as the Local and Global Challenge to the Red Cross2002In: Identity, Trademarks, Logotypes and Symbols / [ed] Holger, L. & Holmberg I., Stockholm: Raster Förlag and Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts , 2002Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 81.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    The Membership and the Federation2001Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 82.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Varför slocknar elden?: Om utbrändhet bland mellanchefer i ideella organisationer2001Book (Other academic)
  • 83.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Essen, Johan von
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    A Civic Trinity in Transformation?: Changing Patterns and Perspectives on Membership, Volunteering, and Citizenship in Swedish Civil Society2010In: ISTR Conference Working Paper Series: Volume VII, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 84.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Höök, Pia
    Gillberg, Nanna
    Holgersson, Charlotte
    Lindgren, Monica
    Under Attack: Faculty’s Experience of Encouraging Critical Reflection in Business School Education2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 85.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Segnestam Larsson, Ola
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Non-Profit Management Education: The Deviating Case of Sweden2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 86.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Segnestam Larsson, Ola
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Ström, Jan
    Emerging Opportunities for Non-Profit Management Education: The Deviating Case of Sweden2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 87.
    Hvenmark, Johan
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Wijkström, Filip
    Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
    The Popular Movement Marinade: The Dominant Civil Society Framework in Sweden2004Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 88.
    Ingemarson, Maria
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Holmdahl, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    I lugn och oro: en brukarstudie över Erstabacken, ett medicinsktboende för svårt sjuka hemlösa2010Report (Other academic)
  • 89.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Anhörigstöd:  en uppföljningsstudie av kommuners och frivilliga organisationers stöd till äldres anhöriga2002Report (Other academic)
  • 90.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Carers in the welfare state: on informal care and support for carers in Sweden2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

     

    The general aim of this dissertation is to describe and analyse patterns of informal care and support for carers in Sweden. One specific aim is to study patterns of informal care from a broad population perspective in terms of types of care and types of carer. A typology of four different care categories based on what carers do revealed that women were much more likely than men to be involved at the ‘heavy end’ of caring, i.e. providing personal care in combination with a variety of other caring tasks. Men were more likely than women to provide some kind of practical help (Study I).

    Another aim is to investigate which support services are received by which types of informal caregiver. Relatively few informal caregivers in any care category were found to be receiving any kind of support from municipalities or voluntary organizations, for example training or financial assistance (Study II).

    The same study also examines which kinds of help care recipients receive in addition to that provided by informal carers. It appears that people in receipt of personal care from an informal caregiver quite often also receive help from the public care system, in this case mostly municipal services. However, the majority of those receiving personal, informal care did not receive any help from the public care system or from voluntary organizations or for-profit agencies (Study II).

    The empirical material in studies I and II comprises survey data from telephone interviews with a random sample of residents in the County of Stockholm aged between 18 and 84.

    In a number of countries there is a growing interest among social scientists and social policymakers in examining the types of support services that might be needed by people who provide informal care for older people and others. A further aim of the present dissertation is therefore to describe and analyse the carer support that is provided by municipalities and voluntary organizations in Sweden. The dissertation examines whether this support is aimed directly or indirectly at caregivers and discusses whether the Swedish government’s special financial investment in help for carers actually led to any changes in the support provided by municipalities and voluntary organisations. The main types of carer support offered by the municipalities were payment for care-giving, relief services and day care. The chief forms of carer support provided by the voluntary organizations were support groups, training groups, and a number of services aimed primarily at the elderly care recipients (Study III).

    Patterns of change in municipal carer support could be discerned fairly soon. The Swedish government’s special allocation to municipalities and voluntary organisations appears to have led to an increase in the number of municipalities providing direct support for carers, such as training, information material and professional caregiver consultants. On the other hand, only minor changes could be discerned in the pattern of carer support services provided by the voluntary organizations. This demonstrates stability and the relatively low impact that policy initiatives seem to have on voluntary organizations as providers (Study IV).

    In studies III and IV the empirical material consists of survey data from mail questionnaires sent to municipalities and voluntary organizations in the County of Stockholm.

    In the fields of social planning and social work there appears to be a need to clarify the aims of support services for informal carers. Should the support be direct or indirect? Should it be used to supplement or substitute caregivers? In this process of reappraisal it will be important to take the needs of both caregivers and care recipients into account when developing existing and new forms of support. How informal caregivers and care recipients interact with the care system as a whole is undeniably a fertile field for further research.

  • 91.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Direct and Indirect Support for Carers: patterns of Support for Informal Caregivers to Elderly People in Sweden2002In: Journal of gerontological social work, ISSN 0163-4372, E-ISSN 1540-4048, Vol. 38, no 4, p. 67-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines what support services are offered to informal caregivers and whether the support is aimed directly or indirectly at the caters. Data were collected by means of two mail questionnaires in a Swedish county. The first questionnaire was aimed at each municipality in the region. The second questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 284 voluntary organizations in the region. Only the municipalities proved to have relief services, day care centers and two forms of payment for carers. The voluntary organizations' support for carers was focused on support groups and training as well as services for elderly care recipients. The results indicated that the support services for carers were both direct and indirect and that the municipalities and the voluntary organizations largely offer different kinds of support.

  • 92.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Informal care and support for carers in Sweden: patterns of service receipt among informal caregivers and care recipients2004In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 7-24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study describes and analyses the kinds of support received by different categories of informal carers, and the kinds of help that care recipients receive in addition to that provided by various categories of carers. Data were collected in a Swedish county in 2000, by means of telephone interviews. The net sample consisted of 2,697 individuals 18-84 years old, and the response rate was 61%. The results showed that relatively few carers in any care category received any kind of support aimed directly at them as carers. The most widespread form of support received by providers of personal care was relief services. Those most likely to be receiving care from the public care system were people also receiving personal care from an informal caregiver. Nevertheless, the majority of those receiving personal care from an informal carer did not receive any help from the public care system or from voluntary organizations or for-profit agencies. These results indicate that social policy and social work need to clarify the aims of the services they provide. They also need to take the needs of both caregivers and recipients into account when discussing support systems.

  • 93.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Informal Care and Support for Carers: The Case of Sweden2008Book (Other academic)
  • 94.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Informal Care in Sweden: a Typology of Care and Caregivers2006In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 15, no 4, p. 332-343Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study describes and analyses the types of informal care provided in Sweden and whether it is possible to distinguish different types of carers. Data were collected in a Swedish county in 2000, by means of telephone interviews. The net sample consisted of 2,697 individuals 18–84 years old, and the response rate was 61 per cent. The results showed that there were large differences in the numbers of male and female carers when the data were divided into a typology of care categories based on different caring tasks. Women were much more likely than men to be involved at the ‘heavy end’ of caring, i.e. providing personal care in combination with a variety of other caring tasks. Men were more likely to provide some kind of practical help for a mother or a neighbour/friend. Even though the Swedish welfare state has been described as universal and characterised by an extensive system of benefits and services intended to cover the entire population, the results here indicate that informal care plays an important role and that the gender role patterns are similar to those observed in other types of welfare state. When discussing support systems it is important for social policy to develop programmes that take into account the support needs of both caregivers and care recipients, and not to see their needs in isolation from the social care system as a whole.

  • 95.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Kommuners och frivilliga organisationers stöd till äldres anhöriga och samverkan kring anhörigstöd2002In: Anhöriga och anhörigstöd i Stockholms län: sammanfattning av ett forskningsprojekt / [ed] Eva Jeppsson Grassman, Stockholm: Sköndalsinstitutet , 2002, p. 51-58Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 96.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Stöd till äldres anhöriga: socialpolitik och praktik2003In: Anhörigskapets uttrycksformer / [ed] Eva Jeppsson Grassman, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2003, p. 157-184Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 97.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Support for Carers of Older People: the Roles of the Public and Voluntary Sectors in Sweden2003In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 01445596, Vol. 37, no 7, p. 756-771Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the support services offered to informal caregivers, whether directly or indirectly, in Sweden over the period of a special investment initiative between 1999 and 2001. Data were collected in a Swedish county using two separate mail questionnaires in 1999 and 2001. The first questionnaire was addressed to each municipality in the region. The second questionnaire was sent to a random sample of voluntary organizations in the area. The findings showed that only the municipalities provided direct forms of relief service, day care and financial support. The voluntary organizations’ support for carers focused on support groups and training as well as services for older care users themselves. There was a significant increase between 1999 and 2001 in the number of municipalities providing information material and training for carers and using professional caregiver consultants. On the one hand, the Swedish public social care system appears to be following the international pattern in paying more attention to informal caregivers and investing in support services for them. On the other hand the findings did not show any growth in support provided by the voluntary organizations. Here Swedish welfare is dissimilar to other European countries, where it is increasingly common for voluntary organizations to play an important role as providers of support for carers.

  • 98.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Jeppsson Grassman, Eva
    Caregiving and Volunteering Among Older People in Sweden—Prevalence and Profiles2009In: Journal of aging & social policy, ISSN 08959420, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 352-373Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the role of older people in Swedish society by exploring the prevalence of their informal caregiving and volunteering and by analyzing the profiles of these contributors of unpaid work. Data were collected by means of telephone interviews in a Swedish representative survey conducted in 2005. Our analysis reveals three distinct profiles of people involved in unpaid activities. One of these consists of those involved both in informal helpgiving and volunteering, a group that has been labeled “super helpers” or “doers” in earlier research. It is important for social policy planners to recognize these groups of older people and better understand the dynamics of their unpaid work in order to ascertain whether they might need support as providers and to enhance their well-being. There does not seem to be any simple contradiction between the parallel existence of a universal welfare model of the Swedish kind and an extensive civil society in which older people play important roles as active citizens.

  • 99.
    Jegermalm, Magnus
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Jeppsson Grassman, Eva
    Patterns of Informal Help and Caregiving in Sweden: a Thirteen-Year Perspective2009In: Social policy & administration, ISSN 01445596, Vol. 43, no 7, p. 681-701Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyses informal help and caregiving in Sweden with a focus on the scope and trends of change over time. The discussion is based on the results of three national surveys and of one survey conducted in the county of Stockholm. The results indicated that informal help and caregiving was common throughout the period under study. In the 1990s, the figures were fairly stable, while from the late 1990s to 2005 there seems to have been a dramatic increase in the prevalence of such support. Two interpretative perspectives are used to discuss this pattern. One locates its point of departure in recent welfare state changes and in the substitution argument, according to which cuts in welfare services put more pressure on people to provide informal help and care. The second perspective relates to the present debate on civil society and to its possible role in contemporary society. According to the civil society perspective, an increase in the prevalence of informal help and caregiving might be interpreted as an expression of growing civic involvement ‘in its own right’, without a straightforward and simple relationship to changes in the welfare state. It is argued in the article that the two frames of interpretation should not be viewed as mutually exclusive, but rather that they represent two partly complementary approaches to the understanding of the complex dynamics of unpaid work in contemporary Swedish society.

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    Jegermalm, Magnus
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    Ersta Sköndal University College, Institute for Civil Society Studies.
    Jeppsson Grassman, Eva
    Äldres engagemang i civilsamhället: roller och profiler2011In: Tredje åldern: sociala aspekter och medborgarskap   / [ed] Kerstin Gynnerstedt & Maria Wolmesjö, Malmö: Gleerups utbildning , 2011, p. 81-96Chapter in book (Other academic)
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