• Benedikte Viktoria Nymark Gurdon
4. term, Social Work, Master (Master Programme)
In this master’s thesis the human view within the field of psychiatry is analyzed and discussed. This by incorporating relevant theoretical as well as empirical knowledge within the field. The purpose is also to analyze and discuss how human vision in the field of psychiatry can be improved. This with knowledge from the field of social work.
From the problem area of this thesis, which is mainly based on personal experiences within the field of psychiatry, it is made clear that statements indicate that the human view within the field of psychiatry needs a loving hand.
The main point from the problem field is that the field of psychiatry needs a completely new view of people. It is questionable where within the psychiatric field's human view that man is seen. The good view of people is within the field of psychiatry, but the framework for living it is not there.
According to a specialist in the field of psychiatry, there is a lack of interdisciplinarity and an increased focus on the bio-psycho-social model is missing in meeting with patients.
The problem field culminates in the following problem formulation, which is to be answered through this thesis: “What human views do psychiatric workers apply to citizens affected by psychosis, in outpatient clinics, and how can knowledge within the field of social work contribute to a renewed and healthy view of human beings within the field of psychiatry in the future?”
To answer this problem formulation, both theory and empirics are included in the project. To elaborate on this, it must be said that the master's thesis is based on a theoretical preconception that we live in a diagnostic society today. The preconception is also that use is made of force against the citizens - or the patients. This is because power is part of the result of the institutional framework. There is also a preconception of role distribution and role expectations. In addition, patients can be expected to take on a specific role, while psychiatric workers can be expected to take on a different role.
In other words, the following theorists with their theories are presented in the theory section with the aim of forming the basis for a theoretical pre-understanding and interpretive framework through the project analysis: Brinkmann, and the diagnostic society, Foucault, and power relations, as well as Goffman, and partly institutionalization as well as role distributions and role expectations.
The theoretical preconception is supplemented by empirically based material in the form of interviews with two psychiatric workers. The interviews together with the theory form the basis for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the human view within the framework of the psychiatric field.
In addition to an analysis of the psychiatric workers' views of people on psychosis-affected citizens, it is also analyzed how the field of social work can contribute to a renewed and healthy view of people within psychiatry. Relevant material from the book Menneskesyn i Socialt Arbejde – Om udviklingen af det productive menneske (In English: Human vision in Social Work – About the development of the productive human being) is included here, which appears as the last part of the analysis. The book was published in 2018, and written by Mia Arp Fallov, Maria Appel Nissen, and Pia Ringø. Material from the book also helps to form the basis for the discussion that follows the analysis.
The last part of the analysis presents the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Interdisciplinary collaboration between psychiatric workers and social workers can help to form a healthier view of people in psychosis-affected citizens. Psychiatry workers should have greater knowledge of the productivity requirement of society. This is a field social workers know a lot about. Increased knowledge of the societal norm and the consequences of the competitive state can help with a strengthened view of people on psychosis-stricken citizens.
In this master thesis’ discussion and conclusion, the focus is on research results as well as returning to answering the problem formulation.
Publication date10 Feb 2022
Number of pages74
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