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"Det går inte att lita på föräldrarna": Hur skildras omsorgsbristande föräldrar i LVU-rättsfall?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"You can't trust the parents" : How are parents, that neglect their children, represented in LVU-legal cases? (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to, with a social constructivistic approach, examine how parents,regarded as neglecting their children, are depicted in 12 LVU-legal cases from the Supreme Administrative Court in Sweden. By using a document analysis influenced by discourse analytical tools, we found that there are repeated descriptions of the parents, which constructs an image of parents as shortcoming in the care of their children. The categories lack of emotions, mental disorder, substance abuse and physical maltreatment were the main reasons for child neglect that the parents were described from. Attitudes towards authority, aggression and immaturity, lack of insight, and deficiencies in the home were repeated in the description of the parent. We further found that mothers were regarded as more responsible of the children compared to fathers. According to Goffman, describing certain groups of individuals with discredited words has a stigmatizing effect. It helps to reinforce what is considered normal or abnormal. Furthermore, we have found that the language of the LVU-legal cases, possess a power in the construction of parents who neglect their children, which was analyzed on the basis of Foucault's theory of power.

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2010. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
Parents, child neglect, document analysis, stigma, social constructivism
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-2851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-2851DiVA, id: diva2:299772
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Social Work
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-03-01 Created: 2010-02-23 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved

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