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Citizenship and Humanisation of the Public Sector

Network support in the community (completed)

  • Period: 2015-2018
  • Status: completed

This concerns a study in collaboration with VIAA  Christian University of Applied Sciences into the social networks of people with a mental or psychiatric impairment. The research project was funded by the Province of Overijssel. 

Description

The networks of people with a mental impairment or psychiatric background are often limited to family members and social professionals. At the same time, they often need help and support more frequently, which social professionals will no longer provide as a matter of course since the Social Support Act took effect, and given the impending cuts to healthcare. People with an impairment will need to rely more on their own strength and own social network, in the years ahead. 


The municipalities of Zwolle, Kampen, Steenwijkerland, Zwartewaterland, Dalfsen, Ommen, Hardenberg, Raalte and Staphorst have teamed up with care providers to conduct a wide-ranging long-term study into the use of informal networks for people with a mental or psychiatric impairment. The municipalities and care providers will be able to use the results to further develop Social Support policy.


The study builds on the 2014 research PDF-bestandLof der Oppervlakkigheid (‘In praise of superficiality’) performed by Femmianne Bredewold to obtain a PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam. This research explored what we may expect of contact between people with a mental or psychiatric impairment and neighbourhood residents. The study found that it is important to provide for clear limits, communality and reciprocity within the contact.


The provincial government provided a grant as part of supporting municipalities in their implementation of the Social Support Act. The study, which was performed from 2015 to 2018, monitored the functioning or malfunctioning of social networks of people with a mental or psychiatric impairment, in the wake of the reorganisation of the welfare state. More information is provided on the website projectnetwerkondersteuning.nl (in Dutch).

Researchers

Publications

Bredewold, F.H., Haarsma, A., Tonkens, E.H. & Jager-Vreugdenhil, M. (2019). Convivial encounters: conditions for the urban social inclusion of people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities. Urban Studies. doi: 10.1177%2F0042098019869838


Stouten-Hanekamp, M., Haarsma, F.A. & Bredewold, F.H. (2016). Moeizaam meedoen met een beperking. In A.J. Kruiter, F. Bredewold & M. Ham (Eds.), Hoe de verzorgingsstaat verbouwd wordt. Kroniek van een verandering (pp. 59-73). Amsterdam: Van Gennep


Haarsma, A., Stouten-Hanekamp, M., Bredewold, F.H., Velvis, A. & Jager-Vreugdenhil, M. (2018). Safe h(e)aven: meedoen en meetellen in laagdrempelige buurtprojecten. Eindrapport project netwerkondersteuning in buurt en wijk (external report). Zwolle: Centrum voor Samenlevingsvraagstukken


Haarsma, F.A., Stouten-Hanekamp, M., Riphagen-Fikse, M.C. & Bredewold, F.H. (2015). Netwerkondersteuning in buurt en wijk volgens literatuur en experts (extern report). Zwolle Wmo werkplaats: CvSv Centrum voor Levensvraagstukken

Also see


Website: projectnetwerkondersteuning.nl (in Dutch)

Contact


Dr. Femmianne Bredewold, F.Bredewold@UvH.nl.

This concerns a study in collaboration with VIAA Christian University of Applied Sciences into the social networks of people with a mental or psychiatric impairment.