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Moberg Stephenson, M. & Källström, Å. (2020). Constructions of young migrants' situations in kinship care in a Swedish suburb by social workers in a non-governmental organisation mentoring programme. Qualitative Social Work
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constructions of young migrants' situations in kinship care in a Swedish suburb by social workers in a non-governmental organisation mentoring programme
2020 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Young migrants defined as ‘unaccompanied’ tend to be constructed as a homogeneous group with specific vulnerabilities and strengths in social work practice. ‘Unaccompanied’ young migrants placed in kinship care in Sweden are constructed with further vulnerabilities. Such constructions of these young people and their situations may have consequences for how social support for them is designed. The aim of this study is to explore how the social workers employed at a non-governmental organisation mentoring programme construct young migrants’ situations in kinship care in a Swedish suburb, and if and how these constructions change during the course of the programme. Methods used are semi-structured interviews with the social workers at the youth centre where the mentoring work takes place and analysis of the non-governmental organisation’s policy documents. The results consist of three constructions of situations the young people are in: (1) loneliness and (a lack of) support in the kinship homes; (2) alienation in the local neighbourhood and the kinship home and (3) social, cultural and family contexts creating a sense of safety. The results show variation in how the mentors describe each situation with both vulnerabilities and strengths. This highlights a complexity in the constructions that contests the image of young migrants in kinship care as merely vulnerable. These results reveal consideration of individual differences and contexts, and are used to discuss how people’s struggles and resources can be dealt with in social work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2020
Keywords
Unaccompanied youth, kinship care, constructions, non-governmental organisation social work, mentoring
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-79174 (URN)10.1177/1473325019900959 (DOI)000507440200001 ()
Projects
Känslor av tillhörighet bland EBO-placerade ungdomar i ett transnationellt sammanhang
Note

Funding Agencies:

Örebro University

SOS Children’s Villages Sweden

Available from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-01-31Bibliographically approved
Moberg Stephenson, M. & Källström, Å. (2020). Making sense of places: Belonging among “unaccompanied” young migrants in kinship care in a Swedish suburb. Child & Family Social Work, 1-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making sense of places: Belonging among “unaccompanied” young migrants in kinship care in a Swedish suburb
2020 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

For young people who have migrated unaccompanied by parents or other legal guardians, it is important to feel a sense of belonging. However, belonging is not fixed to one place. This study aims to explore how young migrants in kinship care in a Swedish suburb describe what different places mean to them and what these descriptions can tell us about their sense of belonging. In this study, semi-structured interviews with 11 young migrants between 16 and 21 years of age who took part in a mentoring programme are analysed by thematic analysis. Our analysis reveals that (a) the young people described four “levels” of place as meaningful in different ways—their kinship homes, the local community, the country they currently inhabit, and the world and that (b) it was through the interrelationships between these levels that their described sense of belonging emerged. To counterbalance young migrants' uncertain future, social interventions are needed that can help them to meet other people and get wider social networks in order to gain a sense of belonging in the new country.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Keywords
belonging, kinship care, migration, place, unaccompanied, young people
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-80295 (URN)10.1111/cfs.12750 (DOI)000516702500001 ()
Projects
Känslor av tillhörighet bland EBO-placerade ungdomar i ett transnationellt sammanhang
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Funding agency:

SOS Children's Villages Sweden K-35 16/16

Available from: 2020-03-02 Created: 2020-03-02 Last updated: 2020-03-16Bibliographically approved
Källström, Å. (2019). Arbetet med våldsutsatta barn och unga inom socialtjänsten. In: Johansson, Björn & Källström, Åsa (Ed.), Barns och ungas utsatthet : Våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer (pp. 139-154). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Arbetet med våldsutsatta barn och unga inom socialtjänsten
2019 (Swedish)In: Barns och ungas utsatthet : Våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer / [ed] Johansson, Björn & Källström, Åsa, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, p. 139-154Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-79257 (URN)978-91-44-12739-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-20 Last updated: 2020-01-22Bibliographically approved
Johansson, B. & Källström, Å. (Eds.). (2019). Barns och ungas utsatthet: Våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer (1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barns och ungas utsatthet: Våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer
2019 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. p. 187 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Work Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77051 (URN)978-91-44-12739-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
Källström, Å. & Gómez Jansson, S. (2019). Från USA till Sverige: Reflektioner över Kids' Club-metodens resa. Örebro: Örebro universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från USA till Sverige: Reflektioner över Kids' Club-metodens resa
2019 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2019. p. 32
Series
Working papers & reports Social work ; 14
National Category
Social Sciences Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-74385 (URN)
Note

Editors: Björn Johansson & Daniel Uhnoo

Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved
Källström, Å. & Moberg Stephenson, M. (2019). Hur SOS Barnbyars mentorprogram motsvarar unga migranters behov och förväntningar. Örebro: Örebro University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hur SOS Barnbyars mentorprogram motsvarar unga migranters behov och förväntningar
2019 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2019. p. 52
Series
Working Papers and Reports ; 15
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-72816 (URN)
Projects
Känslor av tillhörighet bland EBO-placerade ungdomar i ett transnationellt sammanhang
Note

Editors: Björn Johansson och Daniel Uhnoo

Available from: 2019-02-28 Created: 2019-02-28 Last updated: 2019-02-28Bibliographically approved
Johansson, B. & Källström, Å. (2019). Inledning. In: Björn Johansson & Åsa Källström (Ed.), Barns och ungas utsatthet: Våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer (pp. 9-18). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inledning
2019 (Swedish)In: Barns och ungas utsatthet: Våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer / [ed] Björn Johansson & Åsa Källström, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, p. 9-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77052 (URN)978-91-44-12739-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved
Källström, Å. & Thunberg, S. (2019). “Like an Equal, Somehow”: What Young People Exposed to Family Violence Value in Counseling. Journal of family Violence, 34(6), 553-563
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Like an Equal, Somehow”: What Young People Exposed to Family Violence Value in Counseling
2019 (English)In: Journal of family Violence, ISSN 0885-7482, E-ISSN 1573-2851, Vol. 34, no 6, p. 553-563Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One way for young people to reduce the risk of problems associated with having experienced family violence is to talk about their experiences with a counselor. However, little is known about how young people judge the quality of such relationships. The aim of this study was to analyze what young people describe as valuable in their relationship with the counselor with whom they talked about experiences of family violence. Fourteen semi-structured interviews with nine young people between the ages 12 and 19 years were analyzed using a thematic method. The participants were recruited within an evaluation of a treatment program in Sweden. The thematic analysis revealed four distinct themes about what the young people described as particularly valuable aspects of the counseling relationship: the opportunity to talk, a model for other relationships, and going "in and out of" the topic of violence, which was valued by the younger teenagers; and being listened to "almost like an adult", which was valued by the older teenagers. The abstracted common thread was the importance for the young people of feeling equal to others somehow. The quality of the relationship between helper and helped is of central importance for young people and what specifically, from young people’s point of view, constitutes such quality for younger and older teenagers respectively. The results indicate the benefit of counselors being especially flexible with young people exposed to violence and being able to establish trustful relationships with them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Keywords
Young people, Children witnessing intimate partner violence, Domestic violence, Qualitative research, Children’s accounts
National Category
Social Work Psychology
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71990 (URN)10.1007/s10896-018-00032-0 (DOI)000474420400005 ()2-s2.0-85060471669 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding Agencies:

Uppsala Regional Council in Sweden  

Stiftelsen Allmänna Barnhuset  

[Children's Welfare Foundation] in Sweden 

Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved
Hellfeldt, K. & Källström, Å. (2019). Multipel utsatthet: En särskild risk för barn och unga (1ed.). In: Björn Johansson och Åsa Källström (Ed.), Barns och ungas utsatthet: våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer (pp. 91-103). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Multipel utsatthet: En särskild risk för barn och unga
2019 (Swedish)In: Barns och ungas utsatthet: våld och kränkningar i barns och ungas relationer / [ed] Björn Johansson och Åsa Källström, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 1, p. 91-103Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

För att förstå barn och ungas utsatthet för våld och kränkningar i sina nära relationer måste vi se till hela dess spektra av våldsupplevelser som sådan utsatthet kan bestå av. En mindre grupp av barn och unga är särskilt drabbade av våld och övergrepp vid upprepade tillfällen, av olika förövare och i olika miljöer, så kallade multipelt utsatta. Hur kan vi förstå att en viss grupp av barn är särskilt utsatta och vilka är dessa barn? Vad blir konsekvenserna för dessa barn och hur kan samhällsaktörer erbjuda dem stöd? I detta kapitel riktar vi fokus på de särskilt våldsutsatta barnen i samhället.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019 Edition: 1
Keywords
mutiple utsatthet, poly-viktimisering, barn, unga, våld, kränkningar
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Criminology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-79572 (URN)978-91-44-12739-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-01-30 Created: 2020-01-30 Last updated: 2020-02-03Bibliographically approved
Källström, Å., Hellfeldt, K. & Nylander, P. Å. (2019). Parental imprisonment, child victimization and adult problems. European Journal of Criminology, 16(6), 671-688
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Parental imprisonment, child victimization and adult problems
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 16, no 6, p. 671-688Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study addresses, in a Swedish sample, whether exposure to violence and/or crime during childhood, and mental health and/or behaviour problems as an adult, are overrepresented among young men and women who had a parent in prison at some time when they were a child. Results show that almost all the studied types of childhood victimization and adult problems were overrepresented, but verbal victimization, neglect, witnessing violence, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression were significantly overrepresented. Although the associations between having a parent in prison and childhood victimization as well as having mental health and behaviour problems are weak, these results indicate that it is important for practitioners who meet such children to be aware that they are more likely than other children not only to suffer from mental health and/or behaviour problems but also to have experienced violence and/or neglect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Prison, child, victimization, problems, parental imprisonment
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work; Criminology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67110 (URN)10.1177/1477370818775286 (DOI)000485948300003 ()
Funder
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare
Note

Funding Agency:

Trust of Clas Groschinsky's Memorial Fund (Stiftelsen Claes Groschinskys minnesfond)

Available from: 2018-05-29 Created: 2018-05-29 Last updated: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved
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