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Vet socialen bättre än mormor? - En kvalitativ studie av medias rapportering av socialtjänstens arbete med barn och unga

Götberg, Maria LU (2009) SOPA63 20091
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this essay was to describe and analyze how media report on Swedish social services’ work with children and adolescents and if this has changed over time. The theoretical and methodological perspective applied was a discourse analytic approach from which 15 articles from a big national Swedish newspaper was selected. In addition have two qualitative interviews been carried out, one with a journalist from the chosen newspaper and the other with a social worker working at the social services with children and adolescents. The main research questions for the study have been: How does the cho-sen newspaper depicture social services’ work with children and adolescents? Is a gener-ally positive or negative image conveyed? What... (More)
The purpose of this essay was to describe and analyze how media report on Swedish social services’ work with children and adolescents and if this has changed over time. The theoretical and methodological perspective applied was a discourse analytic approach from which 15 articles from a big national Swedish newspaper was selected. In addition have two qualitative interviews been carried out, one with a journalist from the chosen newspaper and the other with a social worker working at the social services with children and adolescents. The main research questions for the study have been: How does the cho-sen newspaper depicture social services’ work with children and adolescents? Is a gener-ally positive or negative image conveyed? What choice of language and words are used in the news articles? Has the newspaper and media coverage of social services’ work with children and adolescents changed over time and if so in what direction? In accordance with prior research findings, the news articles presented a commonly negative and critical picture of Swedish social services and its work with children and adolescents. The news-paper gave emphasis to cases where social services where accused of acting too much, too little or committing other mistakes. The thesis that social services are too passive oc-curred in six articles and the most frequent theme was foster care which was found in seven articles. Only one out of 15 articles contained a positive aspect of social services’ work with an example of a case where social services and the public school had been successful in their cooperation. The use of language in the articles was very similar in general with a tabloid news language, containing words and expressions with a flavour towards sensationalism. For example shortened expressions like “sex abuse” instead of “sexual abuse” repeatedly occurred in the headlines. Many of the articles also contained sentimental stories of people who claimed to have been mistreated by social authorities. With the exception that the articles in the span 1998-2001 could all be divided into the discourse social services are passive did neither the interviews nor the articles reveal any particular patterns or tendencies from which conclusions could be drawn upon changes over time in the newspaper and media coverage of social services’ work with children and adolescents. (Less)
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Götberg, Maria LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20091
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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media coverage, discourse, Social work, childcare
language
Swedish
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1416025
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2009-06-16 11:55:27
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this essay was to describe and analyze how media report on Swedish social services’ work with children and adolescents and if this has changed over time. The theoretical and methodological perspective applied was a discourse analytic approach from which 15 articles from a big national Swedish newspaper was selected. In addition have two qualitative interviews been carried out, one with a journalist from the chosen newspaper and the other with a social worker working at the social services with children and adolescents. The main research questions for the study have been: How does the cho-sen newspaper depicture social services’ work with children and adolescents? Is a gener-ally positive or negative image conveyed?  What choice of language and words are used in the news articles? Has the newspaper and media coverage of social services’ work with children and adolescents changed over time and if so in what direction? In accordance with prior research findings, the news articles presented a commonly negative and critical picture of Swedish social services and its work with children and adolescents. The news-paper gave emphasis to cases where social services where accused of acting too much, too little or committing other mistakes. The thesis that social services are too passive oc-curred in six articles and the most frequent theme was foster care which was found in seven articles. Only one out of 15 articles contained a positive aspect of social services’ work with an example of a case where social services and the public school had been successful in their cooperation. The use of language in the articles was very similar in general with a tabloid news language, containing words and expressions with a flavour towards sensationalism. For example shortened expressions like “sex abuse” instead of “sexual abuse” repeatedly occurred in the headlines. Many of the articles also contained sentimental stories of people who claimed to have been mistreated by social authorities.  With the exception that the articles in the span 1998-2001 could all be divided into the discourse social services are passive did neither the interviews nor the articles reveal any particular patterns or tendencies from which conclusions could be drawn upon changes over time in the newspaper and media coverage of social services’ work with children and adolescents.},
  author       = {Götberg, Maria},
  keyword      = {media coverage,discourse,Social work,childcare},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Vet socialen bättre än mormor?  - En kvalitativ studie av medias rapportering av socialtjänstens arbete med barn och unga},
  year         = {2009},
}