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Personal assistants: Ideals of social care‐work and consequences for the Norwegian personal assistance scheme

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Ingrid Guldvik

Eastern Norway Research Institute, Lillehammer
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Ingrid Guldvik is a researcher at Eastern Norway Research Institute in Lillehammer. She is currently a Ph.D student, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

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Abstract

Ideal models of care change over time. In the case of personal assistance services, the major actors are influenced by different ideals of social care work. This article is based on a survey among personal assistants in Norway, with a central finding that assistants emphasise, to various degrees, the ideal of caring rationality or a service orientation model The personal assistance scheme has many inbuilt dilemmas, such as user‐control in contrast to co‐determination of assistants, as well as continuity of help in contrast to continuity of relations. This article discusses whether matching assistants and users with mutual interests and similar expectations can help to reduce the inbuilt systemic dilemmas.
How to Cite: Guldvik, I., 2003. Personal assistants: Ideals of social care‐work and consequences for the Norwegian personal assistance scheme. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 5(2), pp.122–139. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/15017410309512618
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  Published on 02 Jul 2003
 Accepted on 30 Sep 2002            Submitted on 30 Jan 2002

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