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Adoption – när barn inte är en rättighet utan något du förvaltar: En studie om kontakten mellan handläggare och adoptivföräldrar under adoptionsprocessen
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 300 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to try to interpret interactions between social worker and adoptive parents during the adoption process from a power perspective. The study was inspired by a hermeneutic inductive approach because we were interested in the interpretation of the empirical material. The study was conducted using four qualitative interviews with a total of seven people, four adoptive parents and three social workers. The collected material is then analyzed using a content analysis. To interpret the contact between the adoptive parents and social workers, we have used a power perspective. Our study showed that the applicant, generally speaking, was positive to that an investigation was made based on “the child’s interest”, but experienced some of the questions as intrusive. They found that the assessment made was crucial for the decision, and that it easily can vary from case to case for the decision and that the assessment can certainly vary in different cases. The social workers did not feel that they had any noticeable power, because they do not make the final decision. Their assessment was partly based on laws and guidelines that set the context, for example, how old the applicants may be and the requirement that the applicants must be married. Assessments are also made on the social worker’s individual characteristics based on the applicant's personal qualities such as insight and ability to care for a child.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
adoptive parents, social workers, guidelines, power, consent investigation
Keyword [sv]
adoptivföräldrar, handläggare, riktlinjer, makt, medgivandeutredning
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41116OAI: diva2:913709
Subject / course
Socialt arbete
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2016-04-14 Created: 2016-03-22 Last updated: 2016-04-14Bibliographically approved

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