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The significance of position for Swedish social workers’ understanding of young men’s victimization of violence
Mälardalen University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2017 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 7, no 1, 54-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Violence against women and men is a widespread and serious social problem, often with severe consequences for the victims. Even though young men are among those most at risk of exposure to physical violence, men’s victimization is only recognized to a limited extent. The aim of this study is to deepen our understanding of how social workers’ interpretation of the position of males in the gender order affects their understanding of male victimization. The study was designed as a multiple case study with a qualitative comparative approach. Focus group interviews supported by vignettes were used to collect data. Interviews were carried out with professional Swedish social workers working with victimized men and women at centres for young crime victims in Sweden. The results show that even though the social workers express traditional gender beliefs about young men’s experiences of victimization and their inability to identify themselves as victims of violence, they also to some extent resist taken-forgranted notions of male victimization. The results also show that the social workers to some extent offer supportive measures that reinforce traditional expectations of masculinity. On the basis of the results it is suggested that one important way of developing social work with young male victims of violence would be to give greater attention to variations between different men and masculinities and how these different forms of masculinity are differently connected to crime and violence, and to adapt supportive measures to reflect these differences.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 7, no 1, 54-66 p.
Keyword [en]
violence, gender studies, interview studies, methods in social work, men´s studies
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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53900DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2016.1192056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-53900DiVA: diva2:939546
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2017-03-22Bibliographically approved

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