Anhörigassistans och dess dubbla roller - arbetet som personlig assistent med en anhörig
Sammanfattning: The main purpose of our bachelor thesis was to describe and analyse relative assistants’ perceptions and handling the dual role they have in addition to the disabled users they work as a personal assistant to. The study was based on qualitative interviews with nine personal assistants who some of them work for their child, some for their siblings and one of them for a relative. The assistants are employed by private companies. The analysis identified four themes out of the empirical data that was gathered. These themes were: The role as an assistant, The role as a relative, The dual role and The sense of guilt. To further analyse these themes from theoretical aspects, we chose to use Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical perspective where he studied characters individual roles in interaction to the social life. The work itself involves a constant switching between a professional conduct as an executive personal assistant and a close relative of the patient. This while you at the same time have to learn how to be both and therefore have a dual role. The assessment of the situation in which you should use the dual role or when you actually should distinguish between the roles is a complex phenomenon, which the result of this paper demonstrates.
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