Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Islamic social work in the UK: the service user experience

Warden, Rosalind, Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn and Huxley, Peter 2016. Islamic social work in the UK: the service user experience. British Journal of Social Work , bcw006. 10.1093/bjsw/bcw006
Item availability restricted.

[img] PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 14 April 2018 due to copyright restrictions.

Download (243kB)

Abstract

There has been growing interest in religion and spirituality within social work literature. However, little empirical research has explored Islamic welfare organisations and especially their significance for service users. This article presents findings from an evaluation of a British Islamic social work organisation (Ihsaan Social Support Association (ISSA) Wales), drawing on qualitative interviews with Muslim service users (n = 8) and quantitative findings from the service user database (n = 495), a quality-of-life assessment (n = 42) and a satisfaction survey (n = 36). In discussing the qualitative findings, religious authority, authenticity, culture, gender and the role of mosques are considered in analysing why the organisation’s services were perceived as beneficial to their Muslim service users. Over three-quarters of those responding to a satisfaction survey reported that the help from the organisation had improved their well-being, but quantitative data from assessment and review showed no evidence of either improvement or deterioration in quality of life over time, with the exception of social life, where there was a significant improvement. Overall, in exploring the experiences of these service users, the findings highlight the diversity within the category of the ‘Muslim service user’ and the potential contribution that Islamic social welfare organisations may make in meeting the needs of British Muslims.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Funders: ISSA Wales
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 04:33
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89450

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item

Full Text Downloads from ORCA for this publication

Top Downloads of this item by Country

Monthly Full Text Downloads of this item

More statistics for this item...