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Helpful relations in shared accommodation

Gunnhild Ruud Lindvig of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Hjelpsomme relasjoner i bofellesskap. Et bidrag til kunnskapsbasert praksis» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Monday 10 May 2021. (Photo: Private)

Further, the study challenges traditional definitions of being professional by illuminating the professionals’ experienced gain of personal value from being part of the specific relationship.

Gunnhild Ruud Lindvig

PhhD Candidate

The disputation will be held digitally, because of the Corona covid-19-situation. Spectators may follow the disputation digitally – link is available below. The disputation will be held in Norwegian.

 

Gunnhild Ruud Lindvig of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Hjelpsomme relasjoner i bofellesskap. Et bidrag til kunnskapsbasert praksis» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Monday 10 May 2021.

She  has followed the PhD-programme at the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder.

The doctoral work are funded by the Foundation Stiftelsen Dam (The Dam Foundation) in co-operation with Rådet for psykisk helse (The Advisory Board for Mentally Health).

Summary of the thesis by Gunnhild Ruud Lindvig:

New knowledge about how professionals and residents develop dual relationships in staffed supportive housing

The aim of the study was to generate new knowledge about how professionals and residents develop dual relationships in staffed supportive housing for people with severe mental health and/or drug related problems.

The main focus has been on the experienced helpful aspects of the relationships. Residents were interviewed about a relationship with a staff member the resident found to be helpful. Then the helpful staff members were interviewed about the very same relationship.

A total of three papers is included in the thesis

The findings complement previous relationship-focused studies within the mental health and addiction field in several ways:

  • Firstly, it shows that common characteristics of helpful relationships within other contexts are the same within staffed supportive housing.
  • Secondly, professionals’ doings are further emphasised than in earlier research.
  • Thirdly, the staff confirmed the residents’ experienced mutuality in a concrete way that supplements existing professional relationship-focused literature.

Further, the study challenges traditional definitions of being professional by illuminating the professionals’ experienced gain of personal value from being part of the specific relationship.

Consequently, the study problematises recovery oriented ideals such as independency, because the findings related to the aspects of mutuality, remind us that we are all human beings and, thus, interdependent of each other.

Disputation facts:

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place online, via the Zoom conferencing app (link below)

Dean, Professor Anders Johan Wickstrøm Andersen, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder, will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture at 10:15 hours

Public defence at 12:15 hours

Given topic for trial lecture«Bedringsprosesser og medborgerskap. Hva innebærer begrepene om ‘recovery’ og ‘citizenship’? Hvilken rolle kan disse forståelsesmodellene ha i psykisk helse- og rusfeltet?»

Thesis Title: «Hjelpsomme relasjoner i bofellesskap. Et bidrag til kunnskapsbasert praksis»

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder.

The thesis is available here:

https://hdl.handle.net/11250/2737816

 

The CandidateGunnhild Ruud Lindvig (1980, Tananger, Sola municipality) Special educator with a Masters degree in Theatre pedagogiy, Bergen University College (2007).

Present position: Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychosocial Health at the University of Agder.

Opponents:

First opponent: Associate Professor Marius Veseth, University of Bergen, Norway

Second opponent: Senior lecturer, PhD, (associate professor) Anette Skårner, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Associate Professor Else Mari Ruberg Ekra, Department of Health and Nursing Sciences, University of Agder, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment commitee.

Supervisors were Professor Inger Beate Larsen, UiA (main supervisor) Professor II Alain Topor, UiA and Associate Professor Tore Dag Bøe, UiA (co-supervisors)

What to do as an audience member:

The disputation is open to the public, but to follow the trial lecture and the public defence, which is transmitted via the Zoom conferencing app, you have to register as an audience member:

https://uiano.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5AudeuorDMpHNzOqe8e8choJfJvylOjlLrZ

A Zoom-link will be returned to you.

(Here are introductions for how to use Zoom: support.zoom.us if you cannot join by clicking on the link.)

We ask audience members to join the virtual trial lecture at 10:05 at the earliest and the public defense at 12:05 at the earliest. After these times, you can leave and rejoin the meeting at any time. Further, we ask audience members to turn off their microphone and camera and keep them turned off throughout the event. You do this at the bottom left of the image when in Zoom. We recommend you use ‘Speaker view’. You select that at the top right corner of the video window when in Zoom.

Opponent ex auditorio:

The chair invites members of the public to pose questions ex auditorio in the introduction to the public defense, with deadlines. It is a prerequisite that the opponent has read the thesis. Questions can be submitted to the chair Anders Johan Wickstrøm Andersen by e-mail anders.j.w.andersen@uia.no