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Torres, Sandra, Professor
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Olaison, A., Torres, S. & Forssell, E. (2018). Professional discretion and length of work experience: what findings from focus groups with care managers in elder care suggest. Journal of Social Work Practice, 32(2), 153-167
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Professional discretion and length of work experience: what findings from focus groups with care managers in elder care suggest
2018 (English)In: Journal of Social Work Practice, ISSN 0265-0533, E-ISSN 1465-3885, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 153-167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research has explored how care managers in elder care - who often function as street-level bureaucrats' - regard professional discretion. The way in which length of work experience affects care managers' use of professional discretion remains, however, unexplored. This article present findings from 12 focus groups with 60 care managers. By bringing attention to how care managers experience the needs assessment process, this article sheds light on how these street-level bureaucrats' struggle when they try to balance their clients' needs against institutional frameworks and local guidelines. Length of work experience seems to play a role in how care managers claim to use professional discretion. Experienced care managers describe how they deviate from the guidelines at times in order to create an increased scope of action in their decision-making process. Those with less time in the profession describe greater difficulties in this respect. Findings suggest that research should explore if length of work experience plays a role in the actual way in which care managers assess needs and make decisions. As such, they contribute to our understanding of how needs assessment processes are navigated by professionals while also pointing towards the nature of professional discretion in gerontological social work.

Keywords
Social work, care manager, street-level bureaucrat, elder care, needs assessment practice, work experience, decision-making, professional discretion
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-355482 (URN)10.1080/02650533.2018.1438995 (DOI)000431742900005 ()
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0666
Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-29 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. (2017). Active aging policies and the social exclusion lens. In: Program Abstracts from the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress: . Paper presented at 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG2017), July 23-27, 2017 in San Francisco, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Active aging policies and the social exclusion lens
2017 (English)In: Program Abstracts from the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Series
Innovation in aging, ISSN 2399-5300
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338505 (URN)10.1093/geroni/igx009 (DOI)
Conference
21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG2017), July 23-27, 2017 in San Francisco, USA
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-02-16Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. (2017). Fobbing care work unto "the other" - what daily press reporting shows. Sociologisk forskning, 54(4), 319-322
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fobbing care work unto "the other" - what daily press reporting shows
2017 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 319-322Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Population ageing and international migration are two of the most significant challenges that Sweden is facing today. These - combined with the scholarly debate on the ethics-of-care that notions such as 'caring democracies' have re-ignited - raise questions about how media representations of elderly care and migration are shaped. This research note gives insight into how care, and migrant care workers, are regarded in one of the world's most egalitarian societies. In doing so, it suggests that the intersection between population ageing and international migration is an abundant source of information about societies' moral compasses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SOCIOLOGISK FORSKNING, 2017
Keywords
elderly care, migrant care workers, media representations
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341835 (URN)000419291200011 ()
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-15Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. (2017). Implementing healthy/ successful aging policies in themidst of diversity: when elderly care practices are challenged by the ‘Other. In: : . Paper presented at Plurality of Concepts of Health 2 Conference organized by the Faculty of Medicine & the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine of the University of Tübingen, March 16-17 in Tübingen, Germany)..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Implementing healthy/ successful aging policies in themidst of diversity: when elderly care practices are challenged by the ‘Other
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology; Sociology; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338501 (URN)
Conference
Plurality of Concepts of Health 2 Conference organized by the Faculty of Medicine & the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine of the University of Tübingen, March 16-17 in Tübingen, Germany).
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-01-09
Torres, S. (2017). KEYNOTE SPEECH: A migration-informed and diversity-aware lens onhealthy and successful aging policies.. In: : . Paper presented at Ageing under lowest-low fertility and high emigration, June 5-7 in Warsaw, Poland..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>KEYNOTE SPEECH: A migration-informed and diversity-aware lens onhealthy and successful aging policies.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338500 (URN)
Conference
Ageing under lowest-low fertility and high emigration, June 5-7 in Warsaw, Poland.
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. & Lindblom, J. (2017). Migrant care workers: an ethics of care-informed analysis of Swedish daily newspapers.. In: : . Paper presented at 2nd Conference on Racism and Welfare organized by Uppsala University’s Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR), October 11-13 in Uppsala Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Migrant care workers: an ethics of care-informed analysis of Swedish daily newspapers.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338503 (URN)
Conference
2nd Conference on Racism and Welfare organized by Uppsala University’s Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR), October 11-13 in Uppsala Sweden
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Kania, M. & Torres, S. (2017). Older active users of ICTs make sense of their engagement. Seminar.net: Media, technology and lifelong learning, 13(1), 1-17
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2017 (English)In: Seminar.net: Media, technology and lifelong learning, ISSN 1504-4831, E-ISSN 1504-4831, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on older people’s ICT usage tends to focus on either the ways in which they go about learning to use these technologies or the impact that ICTs have on their lives. This research seems, in other words, to take for granted that older people are ‘digital immigrants’ as the digital divide debate proposed. Research that specifically looks at the ways in which older ICT users make sense of their engagement with these technologies is still limited. This article explores therefore – through focus group interviews – how a group of older people who are active ICT users make sense of their ‘digital nativeness’. The analysis shows that the interviewees are well aware that their ICT proficiency differentiated them from their peers, which is why they make sense of their ICT usage by making reference to the issues that make them ‘exceptional’ older people. These include the fact that they have used computers for many years and therefore made ICT usage an everyday habit early on; the fact that most older people do not have the skills that they themselves have, which is why they feel the need to share them with others; and the fact that their lifelong experience means they can use these technologies in judicious ways. By bringing attention to how older active ICT users make sense of their engagement, this article contributes to the notion of the digital spectrum and the debate on the inequalities that ICT proficiency brings about.

National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317809 (URN)
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2018-02-08Bibliographically approved
Kania-Lundholm, M. & Torres, S. (2017). Older active users of ICTs make sense of their engagement. Seminar.net: Media, technology and lifelong learning, 13(1), 1-17
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Older active users of ICTs make sense of their engagement
2017 (English)In: Seminar.net: Media, technology and lifelong learning, ISSN 1504-4831, E-ISSN 1504-4831, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on older people’s ICT usage tends to focus on either the ways in which they go about learning to use these technologies or the impact that ICTs have on their lives. This research seems, in other words, to take for granted that older people are ‘digital immigrants’ as the digital divide debate proposed. Research that specifically looks at the ways in which older ICT users make sense of their engagement with these technologies is still limited. This article explores therefore – through focus group interviews – how a group of older people who are active ICT users make sense of their ‘digital nativeness’. The analysis shows that the interviewees are well aware that their ICT proficiency differentiated them from their peers, which is why they make sense of their ICT usage by making reference to the issues that make them ‘exceptional’ older people. These include the fact that they have used computers for many years and therefore made ICT usage an everyday habit early on; the fact that most older people do not have the skills that they themselves have, which is why they feel the need to share them with others; and the fact that their lifelong experience means they can use these technologies in judicious ways. By bringing attention to how older active ICT users make sense of their engagement, this article contributes to the notion of the digital spectrum and the debate on the inequalities that ICT proficiency brings about.

National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353470 (URN)
Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-13
Torres, S. (2017). The intersection between ethnicity and old age: what sociologists of aging and ethnicity can contribute. In: : . Paper presented at ESA 2017 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities, August 29-September 1, 2017, Athens, Greece.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The intersection between ethnicity and old age: what sociologists of aging and ethnicity can contribute
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338504 (URN)
Conference
ESA 2017 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities, August 29-September 1, 2017, Athens, Greece
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-02-23Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. (2017). Understandings of increased diversity within two elderly care practices: addressing ‘difference’ while attempting ‘sameness. In: : . Paper presented at Meeting of the GSA’s Interest Group on International Aging and Migration held at the 21st World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, July 23-27, 2017, San Francisco, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understandings of increased diversity within two elderly care practices: addressing ‘difference’ while attempting ‘sameness
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338499 (URN)
Conference
Meeting of the GSA’s Interest Group on International Aging and Migration held at the 21st World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, July 23-27, 2017, San Francisco, USA
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-02-23Bibliographically approved
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