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An Endeavour for Autonomy: How Girls Understand Their Lived Experiences of Being Referred to Secure Care
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 70-85Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In discussion of troubled adolescent girls, their mental health often is in focus and a discourse constructing girls as vulnerable victims therefore dominates Swedish social services and secure care. This article is an investigation of how the girls themselves are navigating the discursive terrain where understandings of troubled adolescent girls in secure care are regulated. The results show that even though the girls' stories show considerable similarities with what is previously known about troubled adolescent girls, their understandings of their lived experiences differ. The girls resist the dominating discourses that view them as victims by emphasizing their autonomy and own responsibility. However, in trying to distance themselves from devaluing interpretations, they take an attitude that ultimately obstructs their possibilities of getting help, since it inevitably puts them in opposition to the care system.

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2018. Vol. 26, no 1, p. 70-85
Keywords [en]
Adolescent girls, secure accommodation, girlhood, mental health, post-feminism
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152709DOI: 10.1177/1103308817705258ISI: 000419475700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152709DiVA, id: diva2:1186412
Available from: 2018-02-28 Created: 2018-02-28 Last updated: 2018-02-28Bibliographically approved

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