Collaboration, inclusion and trust are important pillars for successful adolescent care

A new study at Linnaeus University shows that motivation and trust between actors in adolescent care are important aspects for the inclusion of vulnerable individuals and groups in society.

In two earlier studies, Goran Basic, researcher in pedagogy at Linnaeus University, has been able to show that when three professional actors within adolescent care understand each other, their collaboration can become successful, and also that the voices of adolescents and their parents often end up in the shadow when meeting professional actors.

The current study is based on 119 observations and notes from meetings with adolescent care institutions and social services where action plans for adolescents have been discussed.

The study shows that adolescent care gets the best results when both the adolescents and their parents are included in collaboration with caregiver and authorities. Furthermore, it is shown that through successful interaction between actors and the adolescent care, the adolescents become committed and integrated and get their identity confirmed through participation in society.

The situations of adolescents that are analysed in the study include, among other things, an implemented eye examination, examples of active leisure time, stimulating internship position, and professional help at home.

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The article is part of the project “Successful collaboration. Described and observed experiences of youth care”.

Read the full article here.