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For better or for worse?: Transformation of social network relations due to long-term illness
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0872-8210
Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för socialt arbete.
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 19, no 5, 795-813 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores whether, and if so how, long-term illness affects and changes personal social relations and how these transformations are related to diagnosis, length of the sick leave, age and gender. It is based on qualitative in-depth interviews (N = 10) and a broader representative survey among long-term ill people (n = 319). The results reveal that illness affects the social relationships in both positive and negative directions. On the one hand, the proximity and mobilization of support from family and friends increases during the period of illness and new relationships are included in the networks. On the other hand, the distance within some relationships increases, and some disappear or become less support-rewarding. While the need for social relationships seems, for the majority, to be essential and constant, the results show that the circle of close personal relationships is shifting and that emotional intensity and reciprocal exchange vary.

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2016. Vol. 19, no 5, 795-813 p.
Keyword [en]
social network, social support, long-term illness, social work
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26405DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2015.1057107ISI: 000385811100014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84939825380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-26405DiVA: diva2:881598
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Reciprocitet i förändring. Om informellt ekonomiskt och annat stöd i samband med långtidssjukskrivning
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2005-1380
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Published online 21 Aug 2015

Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2016-11-14Bibliographically approved

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