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Selective parenting programs for parents with foreign backgrounds: Cultural imperialism or democratic practicies in social work
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Social work and migration)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0641-7096
2019 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In focus of this article are two selective parenting programs, both developed locally by Social Services and by a Women´s Shelter organisation in Sweden. Parents with a foreign background is the target group. Their needs are formulated in terms of `change values based on patriarchal beliefs in honour´. In the article the programs are described in relation to universal evidence-based parenting programs and a also a three-part dilemma of 1; offering preventative but also normative interventions to 2; selected target groups and 3; based on the idea that migrant parents have special needs due to cultural differences. The aim is to investigate in what ways the practices of conducting parenting programs for this target group could be framed as cultural imperialistic practices or democratic practices in social work. Cultural imperialism leads to oppression while democratic practices are emancipatory. A conclusion is that both practices are apparent and concurrent. Yet the dualism dismantles the risk of reproducing oppression of the selected target group. Another conclusion is that instead of defining parents with foreign backgrounds as culturally different the target group could be defined as a group with migration experience e. g. experience of leaving the home country and family and finding ways of resettlement in a receiving country. Selective parent programs are relevant but an alternative definition would promote democratic practice, where authorities and social workers meet the demands of the participating parents on their own terms, and with the goal, not to change ‘unwished cultural differences’ but to support empowerment.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019. p. 1-13
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80091DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2019.1573750OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80091DiVA, id: diva2:1284193
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