Modeling ideal treatment recommendations: A factorial survey of Swedish social workers' ideal recommendations of inpatient or outpatient treatment for problem substance users

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Modeling ideal treatment recommendations: A factorial survey of Swedish social workers' ideal recommendations of inpatient or outpatient treatment for problem substance users
Author(s) Wallander, Lisa ; Blomqvist, Jan
Date 2008
English abstract
With the aim of examining predictors of social workers’ ideal recommendations of inpatient or outpatient treatment for problem substance users, this study applied multilevel logistic regression to factorial survey data collected from a sample of 205 frontline social workers from 36 social services units in Sweden. The results show that social workers’ ideal recommendations of inpatient or outpatient treatment are based on evaluations of a number of client characteristics. These include the clients’ treatment preferences, their primary drug, levels of social resources, and age. In addition, it was found that professional recommendations are also determined by treatment availability and policy guidelines, and by the decision makers’ own ideological convictions regarding alcohol and narcotics problems. This study brings to light the necessity of organizational routines that allow and encourage social workers to reflect on and to articulate their judgements and decisions.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488370802477436 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Host/Issue Journal of Social Service Research;1
Volume 35
ISSN 0148-8376
Pages 47-64
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Substance misuse
social services
professional judgement
treatment recommendations
factorial survey approach
multilevel analysis
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Social work
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Sociology
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9409 (link to this page)

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