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Markstöm, A., Andersson, C., Björkhagen Turesson, A. & Plantin, L. (2024). A collaborative process: child participation in interventions provided by Swedish child and family welfare services. Nordic Social Work Research, 1-14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A collaborative process: child participation in interventions provided by Swedish child and family welfare services
2024 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The right of children to express their views on matters concerning them is a core principle of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as defined in Article 12. However, research shows that interventions provided by Swedish child and family welfare services are planned and based on parents' perspectives even though research suggests that child participation results in welfare service provision that is better matched to the children's needs. The aim of this study is to explore how child participation is constructed in interventions provided by Swedish child and family welfare services and to study which elements are of importance to this process. The article is based on a qualitative interview study with 14 family social workers and 11 children aged 7-16 with experience of family interventions provided by the child and family welfare services. The results suggest that child participation is a collaborative process in which both the child and the FSW have an active role to play. Participation is constructed through a series of seemingly small, everyday actions in the meeting between the child and the FSW. By actively asking questions and allowing the child to practice participation and influence the process, the FSW can, together with the child, work towards increased child participation in interventions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2024
Keywords
Child participation, family social work, family social worker, family intervention, collaboration
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66546 (URN)10.1080/2156857X.2024.2317217 (DOI)001171638100001 ()2-s2.0-85186171085 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2024-03-28 Created: 2024-03-28 Last updated: 2024-04-04Bibliographically approved
Petersson, C. C. & Plantin, L. (2023). Overcoming Challenges of Intimacy: Male Child Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Experiences of Achieving Healthy Romantic Relationships in Sweden. Journal of family Violence
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Overcoming Challenges of Intimacy: Male Child Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Experiences of Achieving Healthy Romantic Relationships in Sweden
2023 (English)In: Journal of family Violence, ISSN 0885-7482, E-ISSN 1573-2851Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Studies on sexual health following male child sexual abuse (CSA) have identified the negative effects of such experienceson body functioning, but little is known about male CSA survivors’ ability to create emotional and physical closenessin romantic relationships. The purpose of this article is to explore how male CSA survivors perceive, experience and developintimacy in romantic relationships, including both the challenges they face and the positive changes that enable them to growand achieve healthy relationships.

Method: The study has employed a qualitative research approach and is based on in-depth interviews conducted among adultmale CSA survivors residing in Sweden. Participants were recruited through civil society organizations and an ad in a dailynewspaper. Using reflexive thematic analysis, the results are presented in relation to two themes: (a) challenges of intimacy;and (b) building trust and close relationships.

Results: The results show that participants desired couple relationships that included both sexual and emotional intimacy.The challenges of intimacy were related to compromised sexual identity, sexual dysfunctions and compulsions, emotionaldysregulation, and body shame. Efforts to achieve intimacy were facilitated by disclosing abuse experiences, developingemotional bonds or awareness, embracing sensitivity, and having an empathetic and supportive partner.

Conclusions: Reconstructions of abuse histories were both challenged and facilitated by the accessibility of various and shiftingideas about masculinities that co-exist in Sweden, which were important sources for meaning making and assisted themen in developing positive valuations of themselves as men.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Nature, 2023
Keywords
Child sexual abuse, Intimacy, Masculinity, Sexual health, Romantic relationships
National Category
Gender Studies Social Work
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59657 (URN)10.1007/s10896-023-00576-w (DOI)000993876700001 ()2-s2.0-85160267658 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority, 2371Malmö University
Available from: 2023-05-24 Created: 2023-05-24 Last updated: 2023-06-13Bibliographically approved
Bodin, M., Plantin, L., Schmidt, L., Ziebe, S. & Elmerstig, E. (2023). The pros and cons of fertility awareness and information: a generational, Swedish perspective. Human Fertility, 26(2), 216-225
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The pros and cons of fertility awareness and information: a generational, Swedish perspective
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2023 (English)In: Human Fertility, ISSN 1464-7273, E-ISSN 1742-8149, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 216-225Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Being aware of factors that affect fertility can help people make informed decisions about their reproductive futures. To some, however, fertility information leads to worry and self-blame. In this paper, we explore how people from different generations discuss fertility and reproductive decision-making, along with their perceptions of fertility information. The study was conducted in southern Sweden with 26 focus-group discussions that included a total of 110 participants aged 17-90 years. The material was analysed thematically. Our results show that fertility knowledge and openness to talking about fertility problems have increased over generations. Participants who were assigned female at birth were more often concerned about their fertility than those who were not, and fertility concerns were transferred from mothers to daughters. While age-related fertility concerns had been uncommon in older generations, participants aged 25-40 often expressed these concerns. Young adults appreciated being knowledgeable about fertility but simultaneously expressed how fertility information could lead to distress. Our conclusion is that fertility information was best received by high-school students, and efforts to improve fertility education in schools are therefore recommended.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Fertility awareness, reproductive decision-making, generations, focus group discussions
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-45816 (URN)10.1080/14647273.2021.1968045 (DOI)000687543600001 ()34423731 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85113809500 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-09-15 Created: 2021-09-15 Last updated: 2023-12-07Bibliographically approved
Holmström, C., Plantin, L. & Elmerstig, E. (2022). Complexities of sexual consent: Young people's reasoning in a Swedish context. In: Malachi Willis (Ed.), Nuances of Sexual Consent: (pp. 77-92). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Complexities of sexual consent: Young people's reasoning in a Swedish context
2022 (English)In: Nuances of Sexual Consent / [ed] Malachi Willis, Routledge, 2022, p. 77-92Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although previous research and public debate argue that partnered sexual activity is construed in terms of being consensual or not, we know little about young people’s own reasoning on sexual consent. This study aimed to investigate how sexual consent and sexual negotiations are interpreted by young people in Sweden. Forty-four female and male participants, ranging from 18–21 years old, took part in 12 focus groups, organised according to a set of vignettes. All focus groups were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. The findings illustrate the complexity of the interpretation of sexual consent. There was a clear perception among the participants that sex between two individuals is a mutual process, and that sex should be consensual, expressed either through words, body language, or both. They all stated clearly that a ‘No’ has to be respected, independently of context. However, at the same time participants expressed contradictory norms and expectations in relation to the described situations, that showed an ambivalence concerning sexual scripts and consequences of challenging these in specific situations. Reasoning concerning discrepancy between ideals and actual possibilities to act in sexual encounters indicates differences in relation to gender, age and educational background and pathways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2022
National Category
Law and Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63383 (URN)10.4324/9781003276180-6 (DOI)9781003276180 (ISBN)9781032231860 (ISBN)
Note

Previously published as Charlotta Holmström, Lars Plantin & Eva Elmerstig (2020) Complexities of sexual consent: young people’s reasoning in a Swedish context, Psychology & Sexuality, 11:4, 342-357, DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2020.1769163

Available from: 2023-11-02 Created: 2023-11-02 Last updated: 2023-11-02Bibliographically approved
Grönvall, Y., Holmström, C. & Plantin, L. (2022). The construction of intimacy in long-term commercial relationships in Sweden. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 24(4), 451-465
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The construction of intimacy in long-term commercial relationships in Sweden
2022 (English)In: Culture, Health and Sexuality, ISSN 1369-1058, E-ISSN 1464-5351, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 451-465Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research on commercial sex has described fluidity between different forms of relationships, whereby commercial sexual relationships can be both long-term and viewed as intimate from the buyer's perspective. This article explores the construction of intimacy in long-term commercial relationships. More specifically, it examines the meaning of transactions in long-term paid sexual relationships in Sweden. Interviews were conducted with 23 Swedish men with experience purchasing sex as 'regulars'. An inductive thematic analysis was conducted. Findings show that the emotional experience is a key focus for these men when they purchase sex. The emotions involved are not delimited in time and space but are experienced both within and outside of the actual sexual encounter. Such emotions can be understood as the very precondition for the experiences of intimacy, while at the same time they create difficulties for the men who purchase sex. Experiences of intimacy are experienced in the ambiguity between unbounded and bounded authenticity and by not drawing a clear line between emotional subjectivity and consumer subjectivity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2022
Keywords
Buying sex, emodities, emotional labour, intimacy, purchase of sex
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-39074 (URN)10.1080/13691058.2020.1857844 (DOI)000605381600001 ()33404353 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85099108890 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-01-12 Created: 2021-01-12 Last updated: 2024-02-07Bibliographically approved
Hjortsjö, M. & Plantin, L. (2022). Unaccompanied minors and their everyday life in Kinship Care: An example from Sweden. In: Irena Dychawy Rosner; Krzysztof Sawicki (Ed.), Youth Work Reader: Issues and Contexts (pp. 102-112). Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unaccompanied minors and their everyday life in Kinship Care: An example from Sweden
2022 (English)In: Youth Work Reader: Issues and Contexts / [ed] Irena Dychawy Rosner; Krzysztof Sawicki, Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek , 2022, p. 102-112Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter sheds light on the everyday lives of unaccompanied minors. A lit- erature review and a questionnaire answered by the social workers in charge of unaccompanied children’s placement in kinship care constitute the empirical foundation. In addition, a small pilot study has been conducted with some unac- companied minors to get their point of view. A core question is whether these unaccompanied minors in kinship care are more vulnerable than other groups of children in Sweden? On the one hand, yes, as the conditions for placement in kin- ship care have not always been optimal. On the other hand, the results suggest that placement with relatives often are better than other placements. Minors in kinship care have ordinary better health, and kinship care is more stable than other place- ments. The interviewed minors also convey a great sense of security in the kin families as the connection with their ethnic background is so stated. Behind the general picture of kinship care, the minors’ own stories also show a large variation concerning opportunities and conditions for unaccompanied living like this.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek, 2022
Keywords
unaccompanied minors, foster home placement, kinship care, everyday life expe- rience, vulnerability, social work.
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64483 (URN)978-83-8180-595-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-14 Created: 2023-12-14 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved
Grönvall, Y., Holmström, C. & Plantin, L. (2021). Doing trust work: the purchase of sex in a Swedish context. Sexualities, 24(4), 654-672, Article ID UNSP 1363460720936464.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Doing trust work: the purchase of sex in a Swedish context
2021 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 654-672, article id UNSP 1363460720936464Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relationship between commercial sex and intimacy has been in focus in a number of studies on the purchase of sex, often distinguishing between one-time visitors and regular customers. This article is based on a study exploring how men who buy sex as one-time visitors navigate between commercialization and intimacy in a Swedish context. Based on interviews with 29 Swedish men purchasing sex, an inductive thematic analysis has been applied. The findings show how the men in this study balance between excitement and trust when purchasing sex, and how trust work is crucial for the purchase of sex not to be experienced as dangerous and instead pleasurable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2021
Keywords
Buying sex, commercial sex, emotional labor, prostitution, purchase of sex
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17902 (URN)10.1177/1363460720936464 (DOI)000548620600001 ()2-s2.0-85087990838 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-08-13 Created: 2020-08-13 Last updated: 2024-02-07Bibliographically approved
Bodin, M., Holmström, C., Plantin, L., Schmidt, L., Ziebe, S. & Elmerstig, E. (2021). Preconditions to parenthood: changes over time and generations. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, 13, 14-23
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Preconditions to parenthood: changes over time and generations
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2021 (English)In: Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, ISSN 2405-6618, Vol. 13, p. 14-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reproductive decision-making and fertility patterns change with time and place, and are influenced by contemporary societal factors. In this paper, we have studied biosocial aspects of reproductive decision-making over time and generations in a Nordic setting. The aim was to explore intergenerational changes and influences on decision-making, especially regarding preconditions to first birth. Twenty-six focus group interviews were conducted in southern Sweden, including a total of 110 participants aged 17–90 years. The analysis of the interviews resulted in six themes: (i) ‘Providing security – an intergenerational precondition’; (ii) ‘A growing smorgasbord of choices and requirements’; (iii) ‘Parenthood becoming a project’; (iv) ‘Stretched out life stages’; (v) ‘(Im)possibilities to procreate’; and (vi) ‘Intergenerational pronatalism’. Our findings reflect increasing expectations on what it means to be prepared for parenthood. Despite increasing awareness of the precariousness of romantic relationships, people still wish to build new families but try to be as prepared as possible for adverse events. The findings also show how increasing life expectancy and medical advancements have come to influence people’s views on their reproductive timeline.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2021
Keywords
fertility, focus group discussions, generations, reproductive decision-making
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Health and society; Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-42466 (URN)10.1016/j.rbms.2021.03.003 (DOI)34136667 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85107089262 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-05-31 Created: 2021-05-31 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Holmström, C., Plantin, L. & Elmerstig, E. (2020). Complexities of sexual consent: young people's reasoning in a Swedish context. Psychology & Sexuality, 11(4), 342-357
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Complexities of sexual consent: young people's reasoning in a Swedish context
2020 (English)In: Psychology & Sexuality, ISSN 1941-9899, E-ISSN 1941-9902, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 342-357Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although previous research and public debate argue that partnered sexual activity is construed in terms of being consensual or not, we know little about young people’s own reasoning on sexual consent. This study aimed to investigate how sexual consent and sexual negotiations are interpreted by young people in Sweden. Forty-four female and male participants, ranging from 18–21 years old, took part in 12 focus groups, organised according to a set of vignettes. All focus groups were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. The findings illustrate the complexity of the interpretation of sexual consent. There was a clear perception among the participants that sex between two individuals is a mutual process, and that sex should be consensual, expressed either through words, body language, or both. They all stated clearly that a ‘No’ has to be respected, independently of context. However, at the same time participants expressed contradictory norms and expectations in relation to the described situations, that showed an ambivalence concerning sexual scripts and consequences of challenging these in specific situations. Reasoning concerning discrepancy between ideals and actual possibilities to act in sexual encounters indicates differences in relation to gender, age and educational background and pathways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2020
Keywords
Focus group, gender norms, sexual negotiations, sexual consent, sexuality norms, young people
National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17366 (URN)10.1080/19419899.2020.1769163 (DOI)000539112700001 ()2-s2.0-85085610112 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00278
Available from: 2020-06-10 Created: 2020-06-10 Last updated: 2023-11-02Bibliographically approved
Holmström, C., Plantin, L., Green, E. & Stjärnhagen, O. (2020). Sexuell och Reproduktiv Hälsa och Rättigheter för personer som har sex mot ersättning. Malmö universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sexuell och Reproduktiv Hälsa och Rättigheter för personer som har sex mot ersättning
2020 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö universitet, 2020. p. 68
Series
FoU-rapport, ISSN 1650-2337 ; 2020:2
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17431 (URN)10.24834/isbn.9789171049513 (DOI)978-91-7104-950-6 (ISBN)978-91-7104-951-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-06-05 Created: 2020-06-05 Last updated: 2023-08-21Bibliographically approved
Projects
Blurred situations; young people’s reasoning on conflictual sexual boundaries; Malmö University; Publications
Holmström, C. (2023). Sexuellt samtycke - om unga människors resonemang kring gråzoner och gränsdragningar i sexuella möten. In: Holmström, Charlotta ; de Cabo, Annelie; Ouis Pernilla (Ed.), Perspektiv på sexualitet i socialt arbete: (pp. 186-194). LiberHolmström, C., Plantin, L. & Elmerstig, E. (2022). Complexities of sexual consent: Young people's reasoning in a Swedish context. In: Malachi Willis (Ed.), Nuances of Sexual Consent: (pp. 77-92). RoutledgeHolmström, C., Plantin, L. & Elmerstig, E. (2020). Complexities of sexual consent: young people's reasoning in a Swedish context. Psychology & Sexuality, 11(4), 342-357
Men’s experiences of sexual violence; Malmö University, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS); Publications
Petersson, C. C. & Plantin, L. (2023). Overcoming Challenges of Intimacy: Male Child Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Experiences of Achieving Healthy Romantic Relationships in Sweden. Journal of family Violence
Reflections on fertility and family planning in different stages of life; Malmö University
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