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"Ja men barn kan inte växa upp så. De kan ju bli likadana.": -Familjehemssekreterares resonemang gällande familjesammansättningar våren 2009
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Health Sciences and Social Work.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

 

 

Author: Moa di Zazzo Eilertsen

Title: “Children should not grow up like that. They may turn out the same”: Social workers, working with foster care investigations, reasoning about family and family structures of foster homes. [translated title]

Supervisor: Annika Staaf

Assessor: Norma Montesino

There has been a change in family structure which shows that the nuclear family, which is still the main form of family pattern, is becoming less frequent nowadays. Same-sex couple families, single parent families and reshaped families are some of the family forms which are becoming more common in modern society. Some argue that, despite these changes, most people still consider the nuclear family as the norm and the ideal. The aim of this study was to understand how social workers, working with foster care investegations within the Swedish social sevice, reason about family structures in spring 2009. I wanted to understand how these social workers view family, and different forms of family patterns, in the context of foster homes. Does their reasoning reflect the new family structures or the traditional nuclear family? My theoretical approaches of choice were the theory of social constructions, the queer theory term heteronormativity and Hirdmans gender theory about the gender contract. The method I used was qualitative and consisted of five semi-structured interviews carried out with five social workers in three different Swedish communities. The results I came up with illustrated that the interviewed social workers mostly considered the presence of siblings in a family constitution to be a positive factor. All of the interviewed social workers said they believe it is important to have a father- and a mother figure while growing up. The results also showed that, even though the social workers defined the term family as wide and including different kinds of possible family constellations, heteronormative values were thoroughly expressed and the nuclear family was idealized by the social workers regarding foster care and children’s needs.

 

 

Key words: Family structure, family ideal, foster care investegation, social service.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , p. 38
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Working Paper series / Social Sciences
Keywords [sv]
familjehem, familjesammansättningar, idealfamilj, familjehemsutredning
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-5390OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-5390DiVA, id: diva2:224016
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Available from: 2009-09-04 Created: 2009-06-16 Last updated: 2010-03-10Bibliographically approved

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