Frykten for barnevernet: En undersøkelse av etniske minoritetsforeldres oppfatninger
2015 (Norwegian)In: Norges Barnevern, ISSN 0800-1014, Vol. 92, no 2, 80-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
As part of a larger research project, we interviewed ten parents with refugee backgrounds about their experiences of contact with child welfare services in Norway. Despite parents describing both positive and negative experiences, and trust as well as distrust, we found that fear of the child welfare services was a central theme. Thematic analyses showed that fear of the child welfare services was not primarily related to the interviewees' own negative experiences, but to a variety of perceptions or representations of the child welfare services that informants described as common or prevalent among people from ethnic minorities in general. We found that the representations of the child welfare services could be categorized into the following themes: 1) child welfare services primarily take children away from parents, 2) child welfare services do not go into dialogue with parents, and 3) child welfare services discriminate against ethnic minority families. The analysis is discussed critically in light of Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser's understandings of recognition and social justice. We suggest that the parents’ fear of the child welfare services can be understood as fear of experiencing humiliation and disrespect through contact with child welfare services; fear of losing their children, becoming invisible and being discriminated against. A key implication of the study is the need for further research that examines the fear of child welfare among people from ethnic minorities, as well as measures that address distrust of services in parts of the population.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universitetsforlaget, 2015. Vol. 92, no 2, 80-96 p.
etniske minoriteter, barnevern, frykt, anerkjennelse, deltakelse
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-103652OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-103652DiVA: diva2:814342