Stereotyper och fördomar om ekonomiskt bistånd- En studie bland studenter vid Lunds Universitet

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Socialhögskolan

Sammanfattning: The aim of this study was to get insight into what stereotypes and prejudice students at Lund University in Sweden might have towards people receiving welfare. The study used focus groups and a survey to collect material. The results from the focus groups were mainly used for the operationalization of the terms stereotypes and prejudice for the survey. Previous studies within the field of prejudice against welfare in Sweden has shown that the Swedish public have stereotypes about people receiving welfare. Amongst others, studies have documented stereotypes of people scamming to get welfare and being too lazy to look for employment. However, this study found that the student population at Lund University’s stereotypes against the group were more focused on who is receiving welfare, rather than why. Stereotypes that the population held about the group was that it is more often immigrants, people struggling with addiction or single parent households who receive welfare. No statistical significance were found between students from different faculties in the study, which might be due to a small research population. It also showed more difficult to measure prejudice than stereotypes. Since the study used direct measures to measure prejudice, the people participating must be willing to admit their own prejudice on the subject,something that could have possibly been avoided by using indirect measures instead.

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