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Heteronormens påverkan: En kvalitativ studie om socionomstudenters normer och värderingar gentemot homosexualitet och våld i homosexuella parrelationer
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The impact of heteronormativity : A qualitative study about social work students’ norms and values towards homosexuality and intimate partner violence in homosexual relationships (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine Swedish social work students’ norms and values towards homosexuality and intimate partner violence in homosexual relationships, in order to establish an increased understanding for whether social work students contribute to or challenge the heteronormative beliefs that can occur in social work. Previous studies have shown that professional social workers tend to perceive individuals who are homosexual and exposed to intimate partner violence as less serious than individuals who are in a heterosexual relationship, and therefore individuals who are homosexual are more likely to receive a lesser support and treatment. Furthermore, studies show that heteronormativity is prevalent within social work education. In addition, studies show that social work education further needs to implement different sexualities and intimate partner violence, regardless the individual’s sexual orientation in the syllabus.The chosen method for this study was focus group interviews with a vignette about intimate partner violence, which was executed with social work students from two different universities in Sweden. The empirical material has been analyzed using previous studies and theoretical perspectives such as queer theory, heteronormativity and gender. The empirical material shows that social work students in Sweden do not show any heteronormative beliefs, however they tend to show and maintain biases about gender. Furthermore, the empirical material indicate that social work students have a general knowledge about intimate partner violence, however they disclose that they do not possess knowledge about the differences in intimate partner violence regarding homosexual relationships. Lastly the empirical material shows that social work students depicts that heteronormativity is prevalent within social work education, furthermore social work students claims the necessity of that the syllabus further implement a content regarding intimate partner violence and how the faculty refer to individuals who do not identify themselves as heterosexuals. 

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2019. , p. 61
Keywords [en]
Biases, Domestic violence, Gender, Heteronormativity, Homosexuality, Intimate partner violence, Norms and values, Social work education, Social work students
Keywords [sv]
Fördomar, Våld i nära relationer, Genus, Heteronormativitet, Homosexualitet, Normer och värderingar, Socionomutbildning, Socionomstudenter
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-86298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-86298DiVA, id: diva2:1336849
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Social Work
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Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
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