Predetermined participation: Social workers evaluating children's agency in domestic violence interventions
2014 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 21, no 2, 273-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article examines how ideals of children’s participation and model consistency compete in social workers’ accounts of intervention outcomes in 35 evaluation interviews in Sweden. Using discursive psychology, the analysis demonstrates how the social workers rely on category-based accounts: They describe willing children as competent, unwilling children as developing, and children attempting to rule in counselling as problematic. The interviews’ focus on following the intervention model constructs a limited, predetermined participation that only respects children’s wishes when they agree with the intervention. In showing this, the study contributes to further understanding of tensions between the principle and practice of participation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 21, no 2, 273-288 p.
Children, social workers, participation, model consistency, account analysis, membership categorization analysis
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201317DOI: 10.1177/0907568213492804ISI: 000335828000009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201317DiVA: diva2:626766
FunderWelfare and Life-course