• Hanne Merrild Jensen
  • Mia Laigaard Krabbe
  • Katrine Klinte
4. term, Social Work, Master (Master Programme)
This paper aims to investigate how the field of social work can contribute to reduce the increasing number of young people suffering from stress. This is conducted throughout a case study of “Åben og Rolig for Unge” [Open and Calm for the Young], the only antistress program in Denmark that targets young people and is offered to the public by the local authorities. The study is rooted in a critical macro-level-orientation to open up the nuances of the case and introduce light and shade into the analysis. To investigate the understandings and working approach of the program the study uses a triangulation of data which consists of interviews, observations and a questionnaire. Through a deductive approach the Hutchinson and Oltedal's theoretical division of models in social work will be examined to distinguish and enlighten what underlying approaches from social work can be found in the program - if any. The models are represented throughout the entire study and hereby constitutes the perspective in social work that permeates the examination of the program from question to answer. Furthermore, Hartmut Rosa’s theory on social acceleration and Robert K. Merton’s theoretical thoughts on disfunction and anomie contributes to a more varied and deeper understanding of the work of Open and Calm for the Young in a broader structural context. By focusing on potential discrepancy in the way the program is intended and the way it is executed one particular issue is revealed: Even though our findings show that the program is based on a somehow complex understanding of stress we identify an approach that underlines the individual’s responsibility and tries to regulate the behaviour of the participants in a way that is tailored to today’s society that acknowledges competition and achievement. We suggest that the program fulfill their holistic intentions by adapting methods from social work that combine the individual and society by adding a structural perspective in their psychological work. In addition to the existing procedures the program could empower the young and enable them to consciously and selectively take a step back from the structures that caused the stress in the first place. We conclude that this supplementary element would help the program to fulfill their intentions on being an opponent to the structures of society that causes stress among young people today.
Publication date2 Jan 2019
Number of pages87
External collaboratorAalborg Kommune
No Name vbn@aub.aau.dk
ID: 292641855