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Controlled and dependent: Experiences of living on social assistance in Sweden

Abstract:

This study explored experiences of people receiving social assistance in 21st-century Sweden, based on 33 in-depth interviews conducted in 2005 and 2006. Two overarching themes emerged from the accounts, encompassing both a material and a psychosocial dimension of living on social assistance. Recipients reported that social assistance was generally sufficient for their basic material needs but allowed for no extras. It was possible to live on social assistance for a short time, but became dif...

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Marttila, A More by this author
Whitehead, M More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Psychiatry
Burström, B More by this author
Journal:
International Journal of Social Welfare
Volume:
19
Issue:
2
Pages:
142-151
Publication date:
2010-04-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1468-2397
ISSN:
1369-6866
URN:
uuid:4050e133-bccc-4089-85bb-cae366c1ba1d
Source identifiers:
343820
Local pid:
pubs:343820

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