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Neighborhood reactions toward facilities for residential care: A Swedish survey study
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för socialt arbete.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8158-0486
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för socialt arbetet, Östersund.
2003 (English)In: Journal of Community Practice, ISSN 1070-5422, Vol. 11, no 4, 59-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although a substantial body of research on community hostility towards the establishment of human services facilities now exists, researchers as well as community practitioners have identified a need for a more naturalistic and systematic approach to the issue. As a step in that direction, this paper focuses on a nationally representative sample of facilities for residential care in Sweden, with the objective of identifying patterns of hostile NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) reactions and institutional as well as community predictive factors. Approximately 16 percent of these facilities studied experienced NIMBY reactions. In contradiction to many previous studies, which try to explain the neighborhood reactions in terms of attitudes towards special client groups, the findings of this study indicate that the characteristics of the facility itself and of the community in which it is placed seem to be the most significant factors. The study suggests that there is also significant community support for the facilities and that interaction with the community can provide the facilities with positive resources.

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2003. Vol. 11, no 4, 59-79 p.
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NIMBY, community, treatment centers, substance abuse, mental health
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Social Work Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16133DOI: 10.1300/J125v11n04_04OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16133DiVA: diva2:442780
Available from: 2011-09-22 Created: 2011-09-22 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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