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Hur talas det om "special-needs-barn" i internationella adoptioner?: En diskursanalys av hur barnets bästa konstrueras av familjerättssekreterare i resonemang om "special-needs-barn".
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to illustrate how the concept “Special Needs Children” is constructed  by social workers in the field of Family Law specialized on international adoptions. The aim is further to analyse the consequences these constructions may have for the understanding of the concept “The Best Interest of a Child” in this special context.  The material of the study is based on semi-structured interviews with four social workers. The theory used is based on discourse analysis. The results show how the discourse of medicine is dominate, the social workers mainly consider these children as children with physical disabilities. A consequence of the medical discourse is that other needs than physical of the children, for example, psychological aspects are not emphasized. The results show how different discourses construct categories which give the concept “Special Needs Children” different contents.  In some ways the contents differ in how “The Best Interest of the Child” is interpreted in the different official discourses. The child´s right to be heard is a main issue in Swedish legislation and all the other official documents concerning children, anyhow, social workers in our study did not speak about how the child´s attitude or wishes could be clarified.

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2010. , 62 p.
Keyword [sv]
Internationella adoptioner, "special-needs-barn", barnets bästa, familjerättssekreterare
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54548OAI: diva2:395376
2011-01-12, Institutionen för socialt arbete 034, Sveavägen 162, 106 91 Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-02-09 Created: 2011-02-06 Last updated: 2011-02-09Bibliographically approved

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