Social work practitioners' experience of the clinical utility of the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME) Inventory
2012 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 17, no 1, 23-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Clinical utility of an assessment instrument can provide importantinformation about the potential value of that instrument when used inpractice. The aim of this study was to describe social work practitioners’experiences of the clinical utility of a Swedish version of theHome Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME)Inventory. Because knowledge of clinical utility in this area is scarce,a qualitative method based on semi-structured interviews was used togain a deeper understanding of the phenomenon. Data were collectedthrough 16 interviews and then analysed by qualitative manifestcontent analysis.The analysis yielded five categories: improves qualityof child protection investigations, supports practitioners, HOME hasdrawbacks and difficulties, certain issues are important for futureapplications and basic conditions are crucial. The findings supportedthe clinical utility of the HOME Inventory though some critical issueshave to be addressed, especially concerning the category basic conditionsare crucial. A thorough education, the possibility to practiceactivities related to the administration of the method and supportfrom management were found to be essential. Replication and furtherstudies are needed in the Swedish context to confirm the applicabilityof the HOME Inventory.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 17, no 1, 23-33 p.
clinical utility, HOME Inventory, interview study, qualitative content analysis, social work assessment, social work practice
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-151937DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00769.xISI: 000298918400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-151937DiVA: diva2:411778