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  • 1.
    Borell, Klas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Brenner, Sten-Olof
    Att förstå andras mening1997In: Nordisk sosialt arbeid, ISSN 0333-1342, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 224-231Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Borell, Klas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Pryde, Joanna
    Brenner, Sten-Olof
    The Repertory Grid Technique in Social Work Research, Practice and Education2003In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 2, no 4, p. 477-491Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article provides a brief introduction to the Repertory Grid Technique and aims to demonstrate the use of the technique in different social work contexts. The Repertory Grid Technique draws from an open interview procedure that requires respondents to classify and evaluate elements within the environment on a numerical scale according to their own personal constructs. The result of this interview is a cognitive matrix of elements and constructs that can be explored in both a qualitative and a quantitative manner. Several applications for the practice, education and research of social work are suggested, with the overall purpose to heighten the perception of individuals' mental construction of their social life.

  • 3. Dellgran, P
    et al.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    das Dores Guerreiro, M
    Mauritti, R
    Crowding out, crowding in or just a matter of transformation?: Portuguese and Swedish student´s experiences of informal financial support exchange. Paper presented at the conference Community, Work and Family II International Conference: Making the Connections in a Global Context, April 12 - 14, 2007, CIES-ISCTE Lisbon, Portugal.2007Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 4.
    Dellgran, Peter
    et al.
    Department of Social Work, Göteborgs Universitet, .
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work. Department of Social Work.
    das Dores Guerreiro, Maria
    CIES-ISCTE, Lisboa, Portugal.
    Mauritti, Rosario
    CIES-ISCTE, Lisboa, Portugal.
    Crowding out, crowding in or just a matter of transformation?: Informal financial support in Portugal and Sweden2012In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 393-411Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    This investigation examines the role of informal financial support among university students in two different welfare states, Portugal and Sweden. Using data from a questionnaire (N=525), students´ experiences of receiving loans and gifts, and differences in norms and attitudes toward informal financial support, are explored. The data reveals that the Swedish students receive more financial support in terms of monetary loans and gifts from persons in their social network, while Portuguese students support from their parents to a higher degree is embedded in patterns of living conditions. Furthermore, the interaction processes of exchange of support, for both groups is characterised by reflexivity and complexity, not only framed by resource conditions, but also by relational and situational factors. The results are discussed in the theoretical framework of crowding out/crowding in theories.

  • 5.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Att ta det goda för givet2002Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    From obligations to negotiations: Reciprocity and reflexivity in informal financial support2008In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 355-367Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the processes of informal support exchange in wider social network relationships with a particular focus on conditions that are of significance for financial support. The intention, with a point of departure in 24 qualitative interviews with single adults in Sweden, is to present an interactionist model to explain how such support is formed and how it can be analysed and understood. The article shows that such support is by no means purely dependent on financial considerations and resources. The types of relationship and the specific situations where individuals are placed in positions that demand reflection upon, and communication about, their need of support can be likened to a negotiation and are of equal importance. Furthermore, the provision of informal support is also influenced by moral and social norms relating to responsibility, care obligations, self-sufficiency and independence, that are, amongst others things, embedded in our social political system.

  • 7.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Förhandlingens villkor: om kön, makt och beroende2000In: Svensk genusforskning i världen.: Konferensrapport Örebro 3.11-1.12, 2000, 2000Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Kunskapsutveckling i socialt arbete1996In: Nordisk sosialt arbeid, ISSN 0333-1342, Vol. 4, p. 283-293Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Kunskapsutveckling i socialt arbete1999In: Vetandets villkor: Socialt arbete som kunskapsområde, Göteborg: Inst. För socialt arbete , 1999Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Liksom vinden under fågelns vingar: Om kvinnors nätverksrelationer i utsatta livssituationer2001Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Nätverksrelationer i förändring: En studie av fyra psykosocialt utsatta mammors nätverksrelationer1998Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Professional strategies and neoliberal challenges in Swedish social work practice2018In: Neoliberalism, Nordic welfare states and social work: Current and future challenges / [ed] M. Kamali and J.H Jönsson, (eds.), London and New York: Routledge, 2018, p. 148-158Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Sociala relationers centrifugala och centripetala krafter: Om förändrade relationsmönster i samband med långtidssjukskrivning2012In: Socionomens forskningssupplement, no 31, p. 24-33Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I artikeln undersöks hur sjukdom och långtidssjukskrivning påverkar och förändrar sociala relationer och villkoren för att ge och ta emot socialt stöd. Det empiriska underlaget utgörs av tio kvalitativa forskningsintervjuer med kvinnor och män sjukskrivna mer än 60 dagar, med fysiska såväl som psykiska diagnoser. Analyserna visar att många relationer exkluderas ur nätverken, att nya relationer inkluderas och att vissa familje- och vänskapsrelationer transformerats i fråga om närhet och stödkapaciteter. I artikeln diskuteras resultaten i ett teoretiskt sammanhang av centrifugal- och centripetalkrafter för att illustrera hur inre och yttre faktorer medverkar till strukturella och interaktionella förändringar av sociala relationsmönster. 

  • 14.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Toraprojektet: en explorativ studie av familjeinriktat arbete med barn i förskoleåldern1994Report (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Toraprojektet: En utvärdering av verksamhetsåren 1993-19941995Report (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Borell, Klas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Johansson, Roine
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Att förhandla i underläge: En studie av kvinnor med diffusa muskelsmärtor2001In: Nordisk sosialt arbeid, ISSN 0333-1342, E-ISSN 1504-3037, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 107-118Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Dellgran, Peter
    Institutionen för socialt arbete, Göteborgs universitet.
    Can we count on each other?: Reciprocity and conflicts in financial support in Sweden2010In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 84-94Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores the experiences of reciprocity and conflicts in social relationships, and how these experiences are related to financial support (loans and gifts) in the wider social network. The balance of exchange within the social network as a whole is considered in relation to socio-demographic features, financial conditions and the availability of social relationships. The data are drawn from a study of financial support exchange in Sweden based on a representative survey among Swedish citizens (N=500). The results reveal that people living in economic hardship and who have more problematic life circumstances appear to be at risk of receiving more limited informal financial support by experiencing more feelings of conflicts and nonreciprocal social relations.

  • 18.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Dellgran, Peter
    Institutionen för socialt arbete, Göteborgs universitet.
    Det sociala nätverkets kapaciteter: Om forskning kring informellt ekonomiskt och materiellt stöd2001Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Dellgran, Peter
    Institutionen för socialt arbete, Göteborgs universitet.
    Det sociala nätverkets kapaciteter.: Om forskning kring informellt ekonomiskt och materielt stöd2005In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, no 2, p. 47-65Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although social network and social support analysis has been used extensively in the social sciences over the last twenty years, little attention has been paid to the implications of social support from family, spouses and friends in the research field of poverty. This article presents a research overview of economical and material exchange as components of social support and highlights it’s meaning for groups and individuals with temporary or regular needs of provisional support. Results from more than 80 international published articles are examined with particular focus on the pattern and impact of gender, responsibility, legitimacy, autonomy and dependency. The importance of changes in family structures and political expectations on informal social support is discussed, along with the effects of different welfare systems. Finally, the article propose vital research questions about the importance, character and social implications of informal economic support in Sweden, in the realm of a specific welfare state regime with institutionalised and in-bedded norms of redistribution and reciprocity.

  • 20.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Dellgran, Peter
    Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för socialt arbete.
    For better or for worse?: Transformation of social network relations due to long-term illness2016In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 19, no 5, p. 795-813Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 21.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Dellgran, Peter
    I skuggan av välfärdsstaten2008In: Jämställdhetens pris, Umeå: Boréa , 2008, p. 278-Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Välfärdsstatens framväxt och kvinnors förvärvsarbete har medfört att många uttrycker oro för vad som händer med de mellanmänskliga relationerna. Vissa menar att vi i dagens samhälle varken kan, vill eller behöver ta hand om varandra. Vår forskning visar tvärtom att det sker omfattande utbyten av ekonomiskt, praktiskt och känslomässigt stöd mellan föräldrar och vuxna barn, mellan grannar,arbetskamrater och vänner. Men att be om hjälp är inte helt okomplicerat. För att undvika obekväma beroendeförhållanden vill många reglera sina utbyten i tydliga överenskommelser.

  • 22.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Dellgran, Peter
    Reciprocitetens villkor: Om informellt ekonomiskt stödutbyte2006In: Socionomen. Forskningssupplement, ISSN 0283-1929, Vol. 20, no 8, p. 4-19Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Dellgran, Peter
    ULF´s sociala sida: Om socialt stöd och sociala nätverk i levnadsnivåundersökningarna2006In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 3-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Living Conditions Surveys (ULF) and Level of Living Surveys (LNU) are two longitudinal social sciences surveys conducted in Sweden for more than three decades. The respondents in both ULF and LNU, a random sample of the Swedish population, are asked questions about living conditions, i.e. health, education, working conditions, leisure time, and family and social relations. This article focuses on the latter area: family and social relations. The purpose of this article is twofold: First, to analyse the theoretical basis and hypothesis of the questions explored in the study. Second, through a meta-analysis of six research studies based on ULF and LNU, to examine what kind of analyses and interpretations have been done. The article illustrates how the surveys and studies based on data neglect changes due to family life and the texture of social networks. Besides limitations in the questionnaire design used to investigate reciprocity and durability, there is a lack of uniform concepts to capture the diversity between structure and qualitative aspects of social relationships.

  • 24.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Jobe Andersson, Ibou
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Photovoice in social work field practice.2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Olofsson, Niclas
    Legitimacy aspects of social network in a group of women with undefined musculoskeletal disorder2002In: Women & health, ISSN 0363-0242, E-ISSN 1541-0331, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 85-101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study was conducted to investigate legitimacy aspects of social network relations in a group of women with undefined musculoskeletal disorder. The aim was to study, from the viewpoint of the patient, the extent to which the symptoms of musculoskeletal disorder have legitimacy within the social network and how this legitimacy affects the patient's social network relations. A structural equation model was used to find the model best fitting the data arising between social support, legitimacy aspects and negative outcomes in the social network relations. The results can be summarised as indicating that illness legitimacy does affect availability of social relations and social support from friends, relatives and family. Of particular importance to this process is the patient's own perception of the legitimacy of her disorder. These results also confirmed previous findings indicating that greater attention should be paid to the impact of negative aspects of social support and its affect on patient health.

  • 26.
    Espvall, Majen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Olofsson, Niclas
    Social networks of women with undefined musculoskeletal disorder2002In: Social Work in Health Care, ISSN 0098-1389, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 77-91Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study was conducted to investigate social integration among, and the availability of social support for, female patients with undefined musculoskeletal disorder compared to women with coronary heart disease. The aim was to elucidate the importance of a clear diagnosis for the social network relationships of these female patients. For the measurement of social support two instruments were used: an abbreviated version of the Interview Schedule for Social Interaction and a condensed version of the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List. After adjustment for age, marital and employment status, significant differences can be recognized between the two groups of patients: MSD-patients interact with fewer people and receive less emotional support. Implications for social work practice and issues for future research are presented.

  • 27.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships among the elderly - New challenges for the Welfare State.2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships in late life2016In: Couple relationships in the middle and later years: Their nature, complexity, and role in health and illness / [ed] Jamila Bookwala, Washington: American Psychological Association (APA), 2016, p. 77-94Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this chapter, we discuss how new forms of intimate relationships among older adults, exemplified by living-apart-together relationships (LAT) relationships, challenge family obligations, especially under Swedish conditions and its welfare state arrangement of eldercare. By analyzing motives and social constructions of LAT relationships, the overall aim is to explore how expectations of informal caring affect intimacy and obligations in older adults’ LAT relations. Consistent with our aim we give particular emphasis to strategies involved when partners are dealing with expectations of care and support.

  • 29.
    Hoppstadius, Helena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Framings of violence and abused women in Sweden: A discourse analysis of policy documents2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Violence against women does not exist in a vacuum, it is a multi-layered problem affecting many areas of society. The violence is situated in a context where different discourses express society’s view of the problem. During the past decade, work with domestic violence has intensified in Sweden, using an action plan adopted by the Swedish government 2007 as starting point. The plan is called: “Action plan for combating men’s violence against women, violence and oppression in the name of honour and violence in same-sex relationships” (Skr 2007/08:39). In the action plan, the government highlights groups of women that could be particularly vulnerable when it comes to violence in close relationships; disabled women, elderly women, women with substance abuse and addiction problems, women with a foreign background and victims of honour related violence and repression.  However, many researchers point out that dividing people into categories can lead to stigmatization and discrimination, as categories are rarely value-neutral. In this study, I carried out a critical discourse analysis of five different policy documents based on this action plan. The purpose of the documents is to increase the Swedish social services’ knowledge about violence against women, and the purpose of analysing these documents was to examine the framing of violence and abused women from an intersectional perspective.

  • 30. Laursen, Line Hille
    et al.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Social capital in Gellerup2014In: Journal of Social Inclusion, ISSN 1836-8808, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 19-42Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the characteristics of two types of social capital; bridging and bonding social capital among the residents inside and outside a marginalized local community in relation to five demographic features of age, gender, geographical origin and years of residence in the community and in Denmark. The data were collected through a questionnaire, conducted in the largest marginalized high-rise community in Denmark, Gellerup, which is about to undergo an extensive community renewal plan. The study showed that residents in Gellerup had access to bonding and bridging social capital inside and outside Gellerup. Nevertheless, the character of the social capital varied considerably depending on age, geographical origin and years lived in Gellerup. Young residents and people who had lived for many years in Gellerup had more social capital than their counterparts. Furthermore, residents from Arab countries had more bonding relations inside Gellerup, while residents from Northern Europe had more bonding relations outside Gellerup.

  • 31.
    Stenström-Jönsson, Ulla-Britta
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Att leva med smärta: erfarenheter och levnadsvillkor för kvinnor med kroniska muskelsmärtor1996Report (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Svensson, Jessika
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Israelsson, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Kamali, Masoud
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Kaffrell-Lindahl, Angelika
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Blid, Mats
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Miller, Emelie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Andoh-Appiah, Charlotte
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Mårtenson, Anneli
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Calbucura, Jorge
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Thörn, Carina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Engqvist, Ulf
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Hoppstadius, Helena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Jonsson, Ummmis
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Östman, Caroline
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Karlsson-G, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Hedman, Åsa-Helena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Socialtjänsten ska inte fungera som angivare2016Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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