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Emotional kinship care and neutral non-kinship care - the struggle between discourses

Ponnert, Lina LU (2017) In Child & Family Social Work 22(2). p.1084-1093
Abstract
In this paper, social workers' ideas of kinship care and non-kinship care as foster placement alternatives for vulnerable children are analysed and discussed. The study is based on group interviews with Swedish social workers, using a discourse analytic approach. The interviews took two vignettes of children who needed an immediate and long-term placement because one of the parents had killed the other parent, as their point of departure. Domestic violence is a common social problem across countries, and controversies about placement alternatives become even more apparent when discussing lethal violence. The analysis revealed three main discourses: ‘emotional kinship care’, ‘neutral non-kinship care’ and ‘a real family’. The emotional... (More)
In this paper, social workers' ideas of kinship care and non-kinship care as foster placement alternatives for vulnerable children are analysed and discussed. The study is based on group interviews with Swedish social workers, using a discourse analytic approach. The interviews took two vignettes of children who needed an immediate and long-term placement because one of the parents had killed the other parent, as their point of departure. Domestic violence is a common social problem across countries, and controversies about placement alternatives become even more apparent when discussing lethal violence. The analysis revealed three main discourses: ‘emotional kinship care’, ‘neutral non-kinship care’ and ‘a real family’. The emotional kinship care discourse also revealed two competing sub-discourses: ‘emotions as glue that binds’ and ‘emotions as obscuring a child perspective’, displaying a struggle concerning the advantages and risks that social workers connected to kinship care. In this paper, the results and their implications for vulnerable children are discussed. (Less)
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children in care system, discourse analysis, foster care, kinship care, social work, violence
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Child & Family Social Work
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22
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10 pages
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Wiley-Blackwell
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1356-7500
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10.1111/cfs.12328
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  author       = {Ponnert, Lina},
  issn         = {1356-7500},
  keyword      = {children in care system,discourse analysis,foster care,kinship care,social work,violence},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {1084--1093},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Child & Family Social Work},
  title        = {Emotional kinship care and neutral non-kinship care - the struggle between discourses},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12328},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2017},
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