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  • 1.
    Ellingsen, Ingunn T.
    et al.
    Universitetet i Stavanger.
    Studsröd, Ingunn
    Universitetet i Stavanger.
    Muñoz-Guzmán, Carolina
    Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
    The child, the parents, the family and the state: Chile and Norway compared2019In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 93-114Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Gümüscü, Ahmet
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Khoo, Evelyn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Nygren, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Family as Raw Material – the Deconstructed Family in the Swedish Social Services2014In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, no 2, p. 1-27Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article focuses on how families are defined and conceptualized by social workers in the Swedish social services. Using a qualitative study design, we carried out telephone interviews with 60 social workers in five major sectors of the social services in two smaller and two larger municipalities. These sectors included elderly care, disability, child welfare, addiction and economic support, with a qualitative content analysis approach used to analyze the data.The results showed that the practices in social service organizations are both individualized and specialized. Social workers primarily focus on the individual as the client when deciding upon interventions, and when asked about how they regard, define and delimit the family in their work, our analysis revealed that different mediating mechanisms were engaged in what can be seen as a deconstruction of the family. These mechanisms included legislation (as a control mechanism), household composition (boundary mechanism) and service needs (professional mechanism), which were used in various ways and to differing degrees within each sector. The resultant five unique and sector-specific conceptualizations of families are implicated in how interventions are constructed and work processes targeted at individuals and families.

  • 3.
    Nygren, Lennart
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Oltedal, Siv
    Universitetet i Stavanger, Norge.
    Constructing a vignette for qualitative comparative family research2015In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Oltedal, Siv
    et al.
    Universitetet i Stavanger.
    Nygren, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Editorial: Families in context2014In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, no 2, p. 1-4Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Oltedal, Siv
    et al.
    Universitetet i Stavanger.
    Nygren, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Local family definitions matter2015In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-5Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6. Oltedal, Siv
    et al.
    Nygren, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Private and public families: Social workers’ views on children’s and parents’ position in Chile, England, Lithuania and Norway2019In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 115-140Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Social workers around the world work with families and family complexities in their everyday practice. In this cross-national study, we explore social workers’ family intervention practices related to family definitions and functions, and how social workers balance children’s and parents’ rights and social policies in the proper context. Data derives from focus group interviews with child welfare workers from Norway, Lithuania, Chile and England based on discussions of a common fictitious complex family case (vignette). The four countries chosen for this comparative study are examples of four different welfare systems/regimes. The findings related to this broad area of caring topics are related to how the dimensions of a ‘private’ and a ‘public’ family manifest in social work in the four countries. Social workers in Chile and Lithuania refer to the idea of the private family, while their Norwegian counterparts lean more to the public family. English social workers combine public and private family conceptions in their focus groups, reflecting a system that is partly de-familialized.

  • 7.
    Oltedal, Siv
    et al.
    Universitetet i Stavanger.
    Pena, Angela
    University of Havana.
    Hean, Sarah C.P.D.
    Universitetet i Stavanger.
    Work division processes in social work with Cuban and Norwegian families2019In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, Vol. 14, p. 165-190Article in journal (Refereed)
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