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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: 2024-04-15Bibliographically approved
Lindroth, M., Carlström, C., Andersson, C. & Husén, E. (2024). Social Workers as Allies? Gender Confirming Practices and Institutional Limitations in Youth Residential Homes. Clinical social work journal
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social Workers as Allies? Gender Confirming Practices and Institutional Limitations in Youth Residential Homes
2024 (English)In: Clinical social work journal, ISSN 0091-1674, E-ISSN 1573-3343Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Previous research shows that LGBTQ+ youth are over-represented in out-of-home care and that especially transgender andnon-binary youth face challenges during their placement. These challenges stem from, among other factors, the lack ofknowledge and competence of professionals regarding the unique needs of transgender and non-binary youth. In Sweden,there are policies that aim to protect transgender and non-binary youth from discrimination and to promote their sexualand reproductive health and rights, and an increasing number of residential homes claim to have LGBTQ competencewhen competing for placements. However, it is unclear how this affects the everyday experiences of trans and non-binaryyouth at residential homes. The purpose of this study is to investigate the practices and challenges of clinical social workers at residential care homes when working with gender identity and sexual health issues among young transgender andnon-binary youth. Eight semi-structured interviews focusing on professionals’ knowledge and experiences were conductedand analysed using reflexive thematic analysis. Four themes emerged: i) Knowledge being a personal matter; ii) Heteronormativity and binarity creating consequences; iii) Handling discrimination and harassments; and iv) Creating a trustfulalliance. The results show that knowledge is a personal matter, and social work professionals seek the knowledge theyneed instead of receiving it in education or training. The contextual heteronormativity and binarity creating consequencesat the residential care home pose challenges for social workers and they have to find creative ways to support transgenderand non-binary youth and address the harassments and discrimination that these youth face. Moreover, the social workersshare their strategies regarding how they are creating a trustful alliance. Overall, they identify significant challenges todeveloping clinical social work that is affirming of transgender and non-binary youth.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2024
Keywords
Transgender and non-binary youth, Gender confirming practices, Youth residential homes, Clinical social workers, Sweden
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-68745 (URN)10.1007/s10615-024-00940-3 (DOI)
Funder
Malmö University
Available from: 2024-06-13 Created: 2024-06-13 Last updated: 2024-06-13Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C., Carlström, C., Amroussia, N. & Lindroth, M. (2024). Using Twelve-Step Treatment for Sex Addiction and Compulsive Sexual Behaviour (Disorder): A Systematic Review of the Literature. Sexual Health & Compulsivity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using Twelve-Step Treatment for Sex Addiction and Compulsive Sexual Behaviour (Disorder): A Systematic Review of the Literature
2024 (English)In: Sexual Health & Compulsivity, ISSN 2692-9953Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to explore the current scientific evidence for using the twelve-step method as a treatment method for sex addiction and compulsive sexual behavior (disorder). Peer-reviewed empirical articles on the twelve-step method and sex addiction and compulsive sexual behavior (disorder) written in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish, retrievable in selected databases were included. No limits were set on publication date or study design. The systematic review resulted in eight empirical studies which were read and assessed according to the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool. The results were inconclusive, and we found only three articles of high quality, where the samples were composed mainly by men, which indicate that peer-therapy in combination with individual therapy might be beneficial. That twelve-step treatment rests heavily on the idea of sex addiction was unproblematized in most of the publications. Overall, the findings raise issues concerning who benefits from this treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2024
National Category
Clinical Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-67313 (URN)10.1080/26929953.2024.2339208 (DOI)001207967000001 ()2-s2.0-85191323853 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2024-05-20 Created: 2024-05-20 Last updated: 2024-05-20Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C. & Björkhagen Turesson, A. (2023). Bedtime stories from inside - family practices and affinities in families with incarcerated fathers. European Journal of Social Work, 26(2), 218-229
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bedtime stories from inside - family practices and affinities in families with incarcerated fathers
2023 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 218-229Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present paper aims to explore whether a prison literacy project, Bedtime stories from inside, can contribute to improving and maintaining relationships between incarcerated fathers and their children. The analysis is focused on the concepts "doing family" and "affinities". The material consists of anonymous evaluation forms from the incarcerated fathers (70) and the carers (46). The results show that deeper familial connections are possible when fathers are allowed to interact with their children in a way that includes attending to practicalities like reading fairy tales to their children. The family practices within the project contribute to challenging norms of masculinity and overcoming impulses to shut down emotionally. The project highlights the need for the prison system and social work practice to support families in the hard work of forming and maintaining connections.

Abstract [sv]

Godnattsagor från insidan – familjepraktiker och affiniteter i familjer med frihetsberövade fäder 

Artikelns syfte är att utforska huruvida ett fängelseprojekt för att synliggöra barnlitteratur och läsning, Godnattsagor inifrån, kan bidra till att förbättra och bevara relationer mellan frihetsberövade fäder och deras barn. Analysen använder begreppen familjepraktiker och affiniteter. Materialet består av anonyma enkäter från de frihetsberövade fäderna (70) och omsorgsgivarna (46). Resultatet visar att djupare familjekontakt blir möjlig när fäder kan interagera med sina barn på ett sätt som inkluderar praktisk omsorg, till exempel att läsa en saga för barnet. Familjepraktikerna i projektet bidrar till att utmana normer kring maskulinitet och att undvika känslomässig avstängdhet. Projektet visar vikten av ett kriminalsystem och ett praktiskt socialt arbete som stöttar familjer i det svåra arbetet kring att forma och bevara nära kontakt. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Keywords
Family practices, parental incarceration, affinities, familjepraktiker, frihetsberövade föräldrar, affiniteter
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-50452 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2022.2040442 (DOI)000758620800001 ()2-s2.0-85125417401 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-03-07 Created: 2022-03-07 Last updated: 2023-07-04Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C., Andersson, C. & Lindroth, M. (2023). LGBTQ plus Affirmative State Care for Young People in Sweden: New Knowledge and Old Traditions. British Journal of Social Work, 53(8), 3744-3760
Open this publication in new window or tab >>LGBTQ plus Affirmative State Care for Young People in Sweden: New Knowledge and Old Traditions
2023 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 53, no 8, p. 3744-3760Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Young LGBTQ+ people are over-represented in various forms of state care. They experience hardships during their placements and staff competence in addressing specific needs among LGBTQ+ youth is lacking. In this article, we investigate whether and how LGTBQ+ issues are considered and described in digital marketing for state care providers. The material consists of the homepages of residential care homes and secure state care institutions, which we analyse using critical discourse analysis. The results show that LGBTQ+ issues are largely invisible. Of the approximately 1,000 existing state care providers, only twenty stated that they worked with or had competence in LGBTQ+ issues. Among these, no secure state care institution offered LGBTQ+ competence at the time of the study. The descriptions of how care providers work with LGBTQ+ issues are characterised by heteronormativity where there is a mix of two types of language on the homepages regarding LGBTQ+ youth; on the one hand, a heteronormative, traditional description based on a binary understanding of gender; and, on the other, an LGBTQ+ inclusive language is used. However, the LGBTQ+ affirmative language has been imposed upon the traditional rather than being integrated into it, which comes across as superficial and unclear. International studies show that LGBTQ+ youth are over-represented in various forms of state care. Using critical discourse analysis, we investigated how LGBTQ+ youth, as a target group, are described and how LGBTQ+ competence is presented on the home pages of residential care homes and secure state care institutions for young people in Sweden. The results show that LGBTQ is largely invisible. Of the approximately 1,000 existing residential care homes, only 20 stated that they worked with or had competence in LGBTQ+ issues. No secure state care institution offered LGBTQ+ competence at the time of the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2023
Keywords
critical discourse analysis, LGBTQ, state care, Sweden, youth
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61925 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcad152 (DOI)001008158700001 ()2-s2.0-85180107616 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-08-16 Created: 2023-08-16 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C. & Carlström, C. (2023). Swedish poly utopia: Dreams, revolutions, and crushed hopes. Sexualities, 26(7), 695-710, Article ID 13634607211056887.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish poly utopia: Dreams, revolutions, and crushed hopes
2023 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382, Vol. 26, no 7, p. 695-710, article id 13634607211056887Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Polyamory means having a sexual and/or intimate relationship with more than one person at a time. In this study, we use in-depth interviews with 22 persons in Sweden who have experience of polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships to explore how polyamory can include imagining utopian relationships and spaces. Thematic analysis was done which indicated narratives of politically invested attempts to create communal living or societal change that resists capitalist and heteronormative nuclear-family arrangements as well as stories of everyday events that do not explicitly involve political ambitions. The range of utopian dreams and practices of the non-monogamous participants in our study, we argue, are examples of what Munoz calls concrete utopias, filled with joy and laden with disappointment in the face of potentiality and reality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
Polyamory, non-monogamy, utopia, anarchy, commune, Sweden
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-54074 (URN)10.1177/13634607211056887 (DOI)000810989400001 ()2-s2.0-85131718615 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-08-02 Created: 2022-08-02 Last updated: 2023-10-18Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C. (2022). Drawing the line at infidelity: negotiating relationship morality in a Swedish context of consensual non-monogamy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39(7), 1917-1933
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Drawing the line at infidelity: negotiating relationship morality in a Swedish context of consensual non-monogamy
2022 (English)In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, ISSN 0265-4075, E-ISSN 1460-3608, Vol. 39, no 7, p. 1917-1933Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consensual non-monogamy (CNM) involves being in a relationship that allows participants multiple concurrent sexual and/or intimate partners. Previous studies exploring attitudes toward different types of extra-dyadic sexual activity (EDSA) has typically distinguished between, on the one hand, polyamory/open relationships/swinging and, on the other, infidelity. The aim of this article is to develop further these discussions by showing how the distinctions between relationship types are drawn and/or blurred in social interactions, and how this requires moral work and negotiations of what ethical polyamory is. The research questions are as follows: 1. How are different CNM relationship types distinguished from each other, as well as intertwined and negotiated in social interactions? 2. How are ideals of consent, honesty, and communication reproduced and renegotiated in CNM relationships? 3. How does moral work become important for responding to negative attitudes toward CNM? The material consists of interviews with 22 persons practicing polyamory, CNM, or relationship anarchy, analyzed using thematic analysis. Results show that CNM relationship types are not clearly distinguishable but rather negotiated in social interactions both within a relationship and with others. Interviewees express that consent, honesty, and communication are central for their relationships, but also that they are negotiated. For example, honesty can be renegotiated by introducing an option of not telling your partner everything. Consent can also be renegotiated with some conditions, such as not actively searching out potential partners. They describe several different types of moral work: negotiating and reformulating others’ moral opinions, reversing moral hierarchies, and taking responsibility to explain and to soothe situations. These results contribute to existing research on attitudes toward CNM practices pointing out the importance of taking social interactions into account in order to explore the full extent of negative attitudes toward people involved in CNM relationships and how they handle these interactions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-50129 (URN)10.1177/02654075211070556 (DOI)000813555900002 ()2-s2.0-85122366412 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-02-11 Created: 2022-02-11 Last updated: 2023-07-05Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C. & Carlström, C. (2021). Polyamorous Parenthood – Kinship, Gender and Morality. In: H Wahlström Henriksson; K Goedecke (Ed.), Close Relations: Family, Kinship and Beyond (pp. 139-153). New York: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Polyamorous Parenthood – Kinship, Gender and Morality
2021 (English)In: Close Relations: Family, Kinship and Beyond / [ed] H Wahlström Henriksson; K Goedecke, New York: Springer, 2021, p. 139-153Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research on polyamorous parenthood has mainly focused on aspects of interactions with schools and authorities, where polyamorous parents have had to develop strategies of openness and concealment and dealing with stigmatization (Palotta-Chiarolla 2010; Riggs 2010; Sheff 2010). Aspects of sex and morality have primarily been explored in general in relation to non-monogamous practice and not specifically in relation to parenthood (Ritchie 2010; Samuels 2010). Based on interviews with 22 persons in Sweden who in different ways have experience of non-monogamous practice, we explore polyamorous parenthood, focusing on kinship practices, gender and sexual morality. The results of these analyses show that there are recurring themes of promiscuity as a risk that polyamorous parents have to handle. This can take the form of negative interactions with family members and society, practical issues with having sex with several partners or identity issues where good parenthood risks being at odds with non-monogamous practices. The boundaries of good parenthood and promiscuity and the negotiations between them are rarely highlighted in research, but have implications for the moral order of kinship for non-monogamous practice today. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer, 2021
Series
Crossroads of Knowledge, ISSN 2197-9634, E-ISSN 2197-9642
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-47279 (URN)10.1007/978-981-16-0792-9_9 (DOI)978-981-16-0792-9 (ISBN)978-981-16-0791-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-12-07 Created: 2021-12-07 Last updated: 2023-07-04Bibliographically approved
Lindroth, M. & Andersson, C. (2021). SGBA and the social determinants of health: Public health, human rights and incarcerated youth (1ed.). In: Jacqueline Gahagan; Mary K. Bryson (Ed.), Sex and gender-based analysis in public health: (pp. 139-148). Switzerland: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>SGBA and the social determinants of health: Public health, human rights and incarcerated youth
2021 (English)In: Sex and gender-based analysis in public health / [ed] Jacqueline Gahagan; Mary K. Bryson, Switzerland: Springer, 2021, 1, p. 139-148Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, we focus on a sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) concerning young people incarcerated in state institutions in Sweden. We identify and discuss specific areas concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) wherein normative assumptions affect incarcerated young people’s sexual health and their access to sexual health services.

Governments and related public health agencies must ensure, on both policy and practice levels, that inequalities in access to sexual health care and related sexual health outcomes for incarcerated young people are addressed. In Sweden, policies exist, including the use of a sex- and gender-based analysis, but clear action on the practice level is lacking. The national Public Health Agency has addressed young people in secure state care as a group in need of interventions, but in light of the analysis made, we see several challenges that need to be addressed: (1) the lack of SRHR competence in staff, (2) the organization of sexual and reproductive health care being unclear and risking the accessibility for incarcerated youth, and (3) the organization of secure state care builds on gender-stereotypical, heteronormative, and cis-normative ideas of youth sexualities and identities, which risks emphasizing existing vulnerabilities. This is evident both in the case of gender-separated wards and in the implicit ideas of youth sexualities and identities that organize the care. In conclusion, public health at all levels has a key role to play in working concretely to address the sex- and gender-based challenges to sexual health outcomes of youth in secure care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Switzerland: Springer, 2021 Edition: 1
Keywords
Incarcerated young people, Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Sweden, Social determinants of health, Public health
National Category
Other Medical Sciences
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-44796 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-71929-6_11 (DOI)2-s2.0-85133342919 (Scopus ID)978-3-030-71928-9 (ISBN)978-3-030-71929-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-08-31 Created: 2021-08-31 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C. & Andersson, C. (2019). Living Outside Protocol: Polyamorous Orientations, Bodies, and Queer Temporalities (ed.). Sexuality & Culture, 23(4), 1315-1331
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Living Outside Protocol: Polyamorous Orientations, Bodies, and Queer Temporalities
2019 (English)In: Sexuality & Culture, ISSN 1095-5143, E-ISSN 1936-4822, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 1315-1331Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates experiences of polyamory in a society where monogamy is the norm. Polyamory is when more than two people are involved in an intimate and/or sexual relationship. The relationships are known to those involved, and everyone has the opportunity to have multiple relationships at the same time. In-depth interviews were completed with 22 persons in Sweden who identify as polyamorous. Drawing on Ahmed’s phenomenological concepts of turning points and lines and Halberstam’s concept of queer time and temporality, the following questions are explored: What turning points can be seen in the informants’ stories? And what consequences are the informants exposed to when heteronormative expectations are not followed? In the theoretical language of Ahmed, living a life within monogamous boundaries would be considered as being “in line”. Going beyond these monogamous heteronormative lines can result in more relational choices by which one has to find out what kind of relationship works best instead of following a ready-made template. The majority of the informants feel forced to conceal their relationship constellations in several situations and contexts. Living a queer life is seen by others in society as not only incomprehensible but also immature and inexperienced. Interactions with healthcare professionals seldom offer any relief from this; instead, the informants’ stories of these encounters can be interpreted as instances of being stopped and blocked, resulting in stress and shame.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Keywords
Polyamory, Sweden, Turning points, Lines, Queer time, Temporality
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4147 (URN)10.1007/s12119-019-09621-7 (DOI)000490290000016 ()2-s2.0-85067989765 (Scopus ID)29361 (Local ID)29361 (Archive number)29361 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
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Polyamory – relationships, family and everyday life beyond norms of coupledom; Malmö University; Publications
Andersson, C. (2022). Drawing the line at infidelity: negotiating relationship morality in a Swedish context of consensual non-monogamy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39(7), 1917-1933
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