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Den avvägda delaktigheten : Meningen med barns delaktighet i vårdnads-, boende- och umgängesutredningar

Wågby, Angelica LU (2016) SOAM21 20152
School of Social Work
Abstract
The Balanced Participation - The Meaning of Children’s Participation in Custody Evaluations [translated title]

Children’s participation in terms of matters that truly concerns them has been highlighted in social work and the social services. When it comes to family law, researchers have found the custody and access proceedings being negligent regarding children’s participation and in considering their opinions. The study follows Larry Davidsons phenomenological psychological research method in order to disclose the meaning structure of the lived experience of children's participation in the custody assessments/evaluations as seen from the perspective of the social worker who conduct them. In contrast to earlier Swedish studies, the... (More)
The Balanced Participation - The Meaning of Children’s Participation in Custody Evaluations [translated title]

Children’s participation in terms of matters that truly concerns them has been highlighted in social work and the social services. When it comes to family law, researchers have found the custody and access proceedings being negligent regarding children’s participation and in considering their opinions. The study follows Larry Davidsons phenomenological psychological research method in order to disclose the meaning structure of the lived experience of children's participation in the custody assessments/evaluations as seen from the perspective of the social worker who conduct them. In contrast to earlier Swedish studies, the findings show that the social worker during the assessments/evaluations consider children as actors with rights of their own as well as subjects (i.e., not objects) of protection. In their professional role they see the child’s participation as a major part in deciding what will be in the best interest of the child, regardless of the outcome of the assessment/evaluation. The findings also imply the necessity of increasing the conceptual explanation of empathy within the profession and the focus on the intentionality of the child's unity of expression. The findings also suggest that the use of empathy, understood as direct social perception, could lead to a clear sense of the meaning of participation and also ease the stress for the child as being a part of a custody and/or access assessment/evaluation. Instead of focusing on the child’s will the social worker opens up for a more holistic understanding of the child as being-in-the-world as well as considering their uniqueness. As part of the overall critical analysis of the thesis, the field of childhood studies was also brought to the fore so as to compare and contrast the phenomenological view of the child, both as a way to understand the difference in epistemology and as a way to see the similarities in regard to the first-person perspective. (Less)
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author
Wågby, Angelica LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOAM21 20152
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
children’s participation, custody/access assessment/evaluation, phenomenology, professionals, childhood studies, social work, intentionality, The Children’s Act, family law
language
Swedish
id
8567494
date added to LUP
2016-01-26 14:10:17
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2016-04-18 09:18:28
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  abstract     = {The Balanced Participation - The Meaning of Children’s Participation in Custody Evaluations [translated title]

Children’s participation in terms of matters that truly concerns them has been highlighted in social work and the social services. When it comes to family law, researchers have found the custody and access proceedings being negligent regarding children’s participation and in considering their opinions. The study follows Larry Davidsons phenomenological psychological research method in order to disclose the meaning structure of the lived experience of children's participation in the custody assessments/evaluations as seen from the perspective of the social worker who conduct them. In contrast to earlier Swedish studies, the findings show that the social worker during the assessments/evaluations consider children as actors with rights of their own as well as subjects (i.e., not objects) of protection. In their professional role they see the child’s participation as a major part in deciding what will be in the best interest of the child, regardless of the outcome of the assessment/evaluation. The findings also imply the necessity of increasing the conceptual explanation of empathy within the profession and the focus on the intentionality of the child's unity of expression. The findings also suggest that the use of empathy, understood as direct social perception, could lead to a clear sense of the meaning of participation and also ease the stress for the child as being a part of a custody and/or access assessment/evaluation. Instead of focusing on the child’s will the social worker opens up for a more holistic understanding of the child as being-in-the-world as well as considering their uniqueness. As part of the overall critical analysis of the thesis, the field of childhood studies was also brought to the fore so as to compare and contrast the phenomenological view of the child, both as a way to understand the difference in epistemology and as a way to see the similarities in regard to the first-person perspective.},
  author       = {Wågby, Angelica},
  keyword      = {children’s participation,custody/access assessment/evaluation,phenomenology,professionals,childhood studies,social work,intentionality,The Children’s Act,family law},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Den avvägda delaktigheten : Meningen med barns delaktighet i vårdnads-, boende- och umgängesutredningar},
  year         = {2016},
}