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Towards Hybridization: The Roles of Swedish Non-Profit Organizations Within Mental Health

Authors
  • Markström, Urban1
  • Karlsson, Magnus2
  • 1 Umeå University, Department of Social Work, Umeå, 901 87, Sweden , Umeå (Sweden)
  • 2 Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Work, Stockholm, 100 61, Sweden , Stockholm (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Apr 13, 2012
Volume
24
Issue
4
Pages
917–934
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11266-012-9287-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

In many parts of the Western world, interventions for people with mental illness have radically changed in recent decades. In the deinstitutionalized system of today, the role for non-profit organizations is generally characterized by dual goals: political advocacy and service provision. Here, the role and function of the user movement in the Swedish mental health system is examined through a case study of all local branches of the largest non-profit organization within the Swedish mental health field. The empirical material consisted of annual reports from all local branches, and was analysed through two analytical schemes, concerning voice/service and conflict/consensus. The analysis pointed to a user movement that still retained the basic ideas of peer support and mutual aid, but were also increasingly being asked by formal service providers to represent the need of users. A hybrid organization category, a ‘Social Movement Peer Organization’, was identified that where social recreational activities are combined with local political advocacy.

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