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Att definiera omsorgsbrist: En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares tolkningar av 2 § LVU utifrån intersektionalitet och makt
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Defining deficiencies in care : A study on social workers interpretation of the Swedish Care of Young Persons Act based on an intersectional perspective and power (English)
Abstract [en]

This study regards the Care of Young Persons Act, LVU, and the 2 § that focus on parent inability to care for their children. The assessment of parent ability to care for their children is performed by social workers in different municipalities. The law leaves room for interpretation concerning how to assess parent ability and therefore we found it interesting to study how social workers interpret 2 § LVU. The study’s aim was also to seek an understanding of how different categories, like gender, race, class and physical and psychical ability of the parents affect the assessment of their parenting ability, with a intersectional perspective. Another perspective we have applied in the study was how social workers reflect upon power structures and affect their interpretation of parent ability to care for their children. To achieve the study’s aim we preformed seven semi-structured interviews in five different municipalities in southern Sweden. The social workers that participated in the study also received two vignettes each. In the results of the study we show that the social workers interpret parents inability to care for their children differently. We also show that depending on which category a parent belongs to the social workers tends to interpret their abilities differently. Concerning the power structures social workers tend to reflect on an individual level, which leads to an exclusion of how standards and conceptions of people interact with power structures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Care of Young Persons Act, Deficiencies in care and any other condition in the home, Categories, Intersectional perspective, power
Keyword [sv]
LVU, brister i omsorgen eller något annat förhållande i hemmet, socialsekreterare, omsorg, omsorgsförmåga, kategoriseringar, intersektionalitet, makt
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44115OAI: diva2:820481
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-12 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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