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Åkerström, J., Aytar, O. & Brunnberg, E. (2015). Intra- and inter-generational perspectives on youth participation in Sweden: a study with young people as research partners. Children & society, 29(2), 134-145
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intra- and inter-generational perspectives on youth participation in Sweden: a study with young people as research partners
2015 (English)In: Children & society, ISSN 0951-0605, E-ISSN 1099-0860, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 134-145Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study, intra- and inter-generational perspectives on youth participation are combined and compared. Young people were invited to participate as research partners in an interactive research circle and conducted a survey about participation with other young people as respondents. The discussion concerns how an interactive methodology contributes to the understanding of the concept of participation. It is suggested that political definitions of participation be amended to include having a sense of being recognised in a communicative context, taking responsibility and share with other people one's experiences. This is based on the perspectives of young people.

Keywords
Children's rights; Generation; Interactive research; Participation; School
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-37213 (URN)10.1111/chso.12027 (DOI)000348844900005 ()2-s2.0-84921542409 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-09-29 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Åkerström, J. & Brunnberg, E. (2013). Young people as partners in research: experiences from an interactive research circle with adolescent girls. Qualitative Research, 13(5), 528-545
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Young people as partners in research: experiences from an interactive research circle with adolescent girls
2013 (English)In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, Vol. 13, no 5, p. 528-545Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an interactive research methodology for young people's participation in research. A model of the research circle, based on the Scandinavian study-circle tradition with democratic ideals, was created and is described. The empirical example is from Sweden. Academic researchers invited young people to be research partners in a research circle. The asymmetrical relationship between the researchers and the young research partners made asymmetric responsibility and respect into central parts of the methodology. The interactive process in the research circle concerns research fundamentals: developing methodological knowledge, designing a study, how to formulate the research questions from the viewpoint of young people, how to analyze from a generational insider perspective, and how to handle institutionalized and asymmetric power relations in social knowledge formation.

Keywords
Action research, children, children's rights, interactive research, methodology, participation, Sweden, young people
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32399 (URN)10.1177/1468794112451035 (DOI)000324535000003 ()2-s2.0-84884367415 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2013-11-15 Created: 2013-11-15 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Hedin, L., Höjer, I. & Brunnberg, E. (2012). Jokes and routines make everyday life a good life: on 'doing family' for young people in foster care in Sweden. European Journal of Social Work, 15(5), 700-715
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jokes and routines make everyday life a good life: on 'doing family' for young people in foster care in Sweden
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 700-715Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to identify inclusion practices in foster families by studying the everyday life of young people entering various types of foster family. Structure and warmth in the family stand out as important dimensions of everyday life. What is not so evident in previous research is the way emotional 'warmth' is created. In particular, joking, gentle teasing and laughing, which in this paper stand out as important inclusion practices, seem to be rather unknown aspects in foster care, as is the importance of doing things together in everyday life. The young people's contributions in creating a good family atmosphere are visible in the study, as is their capacity to adapt to a new family. Daily routines normalise the adolescents' everyday life. Negotiations make them part of important decisions, and may strengthen them as social agents. Foster parents' positive attitude towards birth family facilitates birth parents' support to their children. In this case study, mixed qualitative methods are used: interviews, network maps, 'beepers' and video recordings in the foster home.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna artikel är att identifiera inkluderande familjepraktiker i familje-hemsvård genom att studera vardagslivet för ungdomar som kommer till olika slags familjehem. Struktur och värme i familjen framstår som viktiga dimensioner av vardagligt liv. Något som inte är så uppenbart i tidigare forskning är det sätt på vilket emotionell värme skapas. I synnerhet skämt, skojande och skratt, vilka i detta papper framstår som viktiga inkluderande praktiker, verkar vara tämligen okända aspekter av familjehemsvård, liksom i viss mån betydelsen av att i vardagen göra saker tillsammans. Ungdomarnas bidrag till att skapa en god familjeatmosfär synliggörs i studien, liksom deras förmåga att anpassa sig till en ny familj. Dagliga rutiner normaliserar ungdomarnas vardagsliv. Förhandlingar gör dem delaktiga i viktiga beslut och kan stärka dem som sociala aktörer. Fosterföräldrarnas positiva attityd mot ungdomarnas familj underlättar föräldrarnas stöd till sitt barn. I denna fallstudie används blandade kvalitativa metoder: intervjuer, nätverkskartor, ‘beepers’ och videoinspelningar i familjehemmet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2012
Keywords
Inclusion Practices; Kinship Family; Everyday Life; Foster Children; Humour, Inkluderande Praktiker; Släktingfamilj; Vardagsliv; Fosterbarn; Humor
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20764 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2011.579558 (DOI)000312185000007 ()
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Tinnfält, A., Eriksson, C. & Brunnberg, E. (2011). Adolescent children of alcoholics on disclosure, support, and assessment of trustworthy adults. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 28(2), 133-151
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adolescent children of alcoholics on disclosure, support, and assessment of trustworthy adults
2011 (English)In: Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, ISSN 0738-0151, E-ISSN 1573-2797, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 133-151Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to describe adolescent children of alcoholics’ (COA) perspectives on disclosure and support. COA reported assessing the trustworthiness of adults before disclosing their home situation. Before disclosure they may have raised their own level of consciousness, told a peer, told an adult stranger, or in-directly communicated with an adult. These findings are the result of interviews with 27 adolescents attending support groups for COA in Sweden. Adults, who ask questions, listen carefully and cooperate with the child/adolescent, and who are knowledgeable about families with alcohol problems, are considered as supportive and trustworthy. The adolescents reported psychological, communicative, environmental, and generational aspects of the disclosure process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2011
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25664 (URN)10.1007/s10560-011-0225-1 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-09-03 Created: 2012-09-03 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Hedin, L., Höjer, I. & Brunnberg, E. (2011). Settling into a new home as a teenager: about establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden. Children and youth services review, 33(11), 2282-2289
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Settling into a new home as a teenager: about establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden
2011 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 33, no 11, p. 2282-2289Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper provides a glimpse into young people's experiences and understandings of everyday life during their initial stages of placement in various types of foster families. The way family interactions strengthen or weaken the social bond between foster youth and foster family is focused upon. In this study the young people in kinship foster families reported the strongest social bonds to their foster families and the adolescents in traditional foster families the weakest. This is in line with previous research. However, youth in network foster families with whom they were not so close prior to placement also reported rather strong social bonds to the foster family, which is not well known. Including network foster families in the study sheds light on the importance of adolescents' active involvement and agency in choosing their foster family. Examples of family interactions which seem to be crucial in strengthening social bonds, also in traditional foster families, are e.g. fair treatment by other family members, mutual family activities, negotiating to find solutions, and, which is not so well known, humorous joking and laughing together. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords
Everyday life, Foster youth, Family interaction, Social bond, Kinship foster family, Humour
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20763 (URN)10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.07.016 (DOI)000296365500026 ()
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Hedin, L., Höjer, I. & Brunnberg, E. (2011). Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care. Child & Family Social Work, 16(1), 43-51
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care
2011 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 43-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this interpretative childhood study of 17 boys and girls 13 – 16 years old placed in foster families, the experiences and attitudes towards school are explored. The importance of school as an arena for both learning and socialization is emphasized. Data were collected through interviews, network maps, and text answers via mobile phone (‘beepers’). Their educational improvement was based on their understanding of scholastic achievement as meaningful for their future, stability in daily routines, and the involvement and support of family, peers, and teachers. Access to peers at school is important, and group activities facilitate this. Because of their background, foster youth can also be exposed to bullying from peers. Both learning and socialization at school affect their self-esteem. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2011
Keywords
Adolescents, Foster care (family), education, gender, refugee children
National Category
Social Work Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Work Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10765 (URN)10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00706.x (DOI)000285754400005 ()2-s2.0-78650255278 (Scopus ID)
Projects
The sense of belonging of girls and boys placed in kinship foster care and non-relative foster care – an interactive perspective
Available from: 2010-05-22 Created: 2010-05-22 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Brunnberg, E. (2010). Hard-of-hearing children's sense of identity and belonging. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 12(3), 179-197
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hard-of-hearing children's sense of identity and belonging
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 179-197Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the process of identity construction for hard-of-hearing (HH) children in Sweden. Twenty-nine children aged 9-16 years who attended special classes for HH students were interviewed. During this longitudinal study, all classes were moved from an oral to a signing school environment. The findings support the position that a bilingual HH identity exists. HH children often construct their identity by widening their reference group to include not just HH but also those who are 'almost the same'. They can have a sense of belonging either to deaf or hearing children, or both. In the development of identity HH children make distinctions between subgroups within their reference group. There were also children in crisis or with an unclear identity. This needs to be further explored to determine if the crisis is a productive part of identity construction or a problem requiring support. Gender construction also needs to be further explored.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2010
Keywords
hard-of-hearing, deaf, adolescent, identity, identity crisis, bilingual, hörselnedsättning, döv, ungdom, identitet, tvåspråkig, identitetskris
National Category
Social Sciences Social Work
Research subject
Social Work; Psychology; Child and Youth Psychiatry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6667 (URN)10.1080/15017410903309102 (DOI)
Available from: 2009-05-08 Created: 2009-05-08 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Brunnberg, E., Lindén Boström, M. & Persson, C. (2009). Att höra eller nästan inte höra: Liv & hälsa ung 2005 och 2007 i Örebro län. Örebro: Örebro läns landsting
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att höra eller nästan inte höra: Liv & hälsa ung 2005 och 2007 i Örebro län
2009 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

I linje med FN:s barnkonvention och Konventionen om rättigheter förpersoner med funktionshinder ska ungdomars röst göras hörd. Den härrapporten bygger helt på ungdomars uppgifter om sin verklighet.Studierna Liv & hälsa ung 2005 och 2007 visar att i den reguljära skolanupplever drygt fem procent av eleverna att de har ett funktionshinder närdet gäller hörseln och de rapporterar ofta en utsatt situation. Det finns även hörselskadade ungdomar på specialskolan/riksgymnasiet för döva och hörselskadade. De hörselskadade ungdomarna är en grupp som rapporterar en mängd hälsorelaterade problem, många känner sig mobbade av kamrater eller kränkta av vuxna i skolan. Det är också en grupp som förhållandevis ofta rapporterar bruk av alkohol, tobak och narkotika. De kan även ha andra funktionsnedsättningar eller tinnitus. De hörselskadade ungdomarna är en högriskgrupp som behöver uppmärksammas och få ett bättre anpassat stöd. Det behövs fördjupade studier hur stödet kan utformas på ett relevant sätt, speciellt gäller det dem med flera funktionshinder. För att göra detta är det viktigt att ungdomarna själva involveras i arbetet. Fördjupade studier behövs också om hur hörselskadade ungdomars delaktighet i den reguljära skolan kan förbättras samt om vad som skapar exempelvis stress, trötthet och olyckor. Det behövs åtgärder för att minska den mobbning som sker och inte minst minska det ungdomar rapporterar om kränkning från vuxna. Det behövs riktade insatser för att öka de hörselskadade ungdomarnas simkunnighet och fysiska aktivitet. Det är också av stor betydelse för de hörselskadade och döva ungdomarna att det finns kompetent tvåspråkig (svenska och teckenspråk) personal på ungdomsmottagningar och barnahus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro läns landsting, 2009. p. 100
Series
Rapportserien - Liv & hälsa ung, ISSN 1652-9332 ; 3
Keywords
ungdomar, funktionsnedsättning, hörselskada, specialskola, skola
National Category
Social Work Social Work Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Work General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Epidemiology; socialt arbete; Social Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-8349 (URN)
Available from: 2009-11-02 Created: 2009-10-23 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Brunnberg, E., Lindén Boström, M., Persson, C. & Berglund, M. (2009). Hard-of-hearing adolescents reporting some other disability or tinnitus: a replication study including an age-related analysis. Paper presented at HEAD Graduate School 2nd summer workshop, 15-16 June 2009.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hard-of-hearing adolescents reporting some other disability or tinnitus: a replication study including an age-related analysis
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In two previous studies based on the survey, Life & Health Young 2005 in Örebro county 15-16 years old Hard-of-hearing (HH) students with some other disability (HHDIS) and HH with tinnitus (HHTINN) reported considerably higher scores for mental symptoms and substance use than adolescents ‘just‘ HH or hearing adolescents.

 

In order to replicate these findings we analysed the 2007 survey and included adolescents in grade 7, 9 and 2 in secondary school concerning substance use and depression. We also used reference data from the corresponding adult survey Life & Health 2008. In grade 9 HHDIS (2.0%) and HHTINN (2.0 %) both reported strongly increased rates of risky alcohol consumption (55/51% versus 13%), daily tobacco use (57/54% versus 10%) and depression (43/43% versus 14%) than hearing or ´just´ HH adolescents. Similar but less pronounced changes were present in grade 7 and grade 2. In HHDIS increased risk drinking was found until age 35, increased daily tobacco use until age 50 and increased depression until age 65. In HHTINN only rate of depression was increased in adult life.

 

HHDIS and HHTINN thus are important targets for preventive measures. In addition tinnitus in young people can be a marker like disability of vulnerability.

Keywords
ungdom, barn, hörselnedsättning, tinnitus, alkohol, droger, psykisk hälsa
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6666 (URN)
Conference
HEAD Graduate School 2nd summer workshop, 15-16 June 2009
Projects
Liv & hälsa ung
Available from: 2009-05-08 Created: 2009-05-08 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Brunnberg, E. (2009). New bilingual qualitative and quantitative method in studies with deaf and hard of hearing adolescents  . Paper presented at HEAD Graduate School, 2nd summer workshop, 15-16 June 2009.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New bilingual qualitative and quantitative method in studies with deaf and hard of hearing adolescents  
2009 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Previous survey studies for hearing impaired students have not used complete bilingual techniques. The present approach is the first using interactive survey methods with the possibility to answer in sign language. Our research group ICU has addressed HH/deaf adolescents in a number of psychosocial studies using different types of approaches. In upper secondary school for HH/deaf students we made a bilingual study (Swedish and Swedish sign language - SSL) in multiple methods in 2007/2008. In this study we did use methodologically new instruments and students were taking part in the study in their first language. The study, financed by Allmänna Arvsfonden, developed research methods increasing student’s participation. A necessary component is language as well as cultural competence. Our interviewers were themselves deaf/HH. The planning process was conducted with representatives in special interest organisations. Study methods were qualitative interviews (n=25), focus groups (PI-interviews, N=209) and a web-based survey (N=95). The qualitative methods did use visualised creative tecniques. The web-based survey used the instrument”Query & Report”. Technical support was given by Omnitor, a Swedish company with language and cultural competence. We will continue using interactive multi-lingual survey technique (SSL, Braille, written and spoken Swedish) to study psychosocial risks and to make interventions.

National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6668 (URN)
Conference
HEAD Graduate School, 2nd summer workshop, 15-16 June 2009
Available from: 2009-05-08 Created: 2009-05-08 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-8690-3002

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