Many long-running and problematic cases in the social services departments end with a work test assessment at a so-called rehabilitation center. From previously focusing primarily on the clients’ physical situation, the rehabilitation centers now focus on the clients’ psychosocial situation and development to a larger degree. From an anthropological field study, the author concludes that the clients and the staff misinterpret one another and that there is a tendency for both parties to maintain their positions, even though they find it problematic.  

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