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”Jag upplevde en ganska stor ambivalens över det ansvaret jag ville ta men inte kunde”: En kvalitativ studie om biologiska barns perspektiv på konflikt och konflikthantering i och med ett familjehemsuppdrag
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”I experienced quite a big ambivalence over the responsibility I wanted to take but couldn ́t : A qualitative study of biological children ́s perspective on conflict and conflict management in a foster family (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien har varit att öka kunskapen om biologiska barns perspektiv på konflikter och konflikthantering samt att undersöka rollens betydelse för konflikter i och med ett familjehemsuppdrag. Behovet av studien baserades på att konflikter mellan biologiska barn och familjehemsplacerade barn är en vanlig orsak till sammanbrott. Uppsatsen har en kvalitativ ansats som utgått från semistrukturerade intervjuer med åtta respondenter i åldrarna 18-28 år. Respondenterna delar den gemensamma erfarenheten om vad det innebär att vara biologiskt barn i ett familjehem. Studien har sin teoretiska utgångspunkt i ett barndomssociologiskt perspektiv och resultatet tolkades tematiskt och analyserades sedan med hjälp av konflikt-och konflikthanteringsperspektiv samt rollteori. Resultatet visar att de företeelser och situationer biologiska barn behöver förhålla sig till inom ramen för familjehemsuppdraget innefattar system-, mellanmänskliga-och individuella konflikter, där individuella konflikter visat sig mest framträdande i form av ambivalenta känslor och samvetskval. Studien visar också att biologiska barn hanterar konflikter på olika sätt. De synliga hanteringsstilarna är undvikande, anpassande, kompromissande och samarbetande, där undvikande och anpassande visat sig mest framträdande. Resultatet visar vidare att biologiska barn intar olika roller i familjehemsuppdraget som innefattas av ansvar och deltagande på olika sätt, vilket kan resultera i olika individuella konflikter. Respondenterna i studien berättar också att antingen mer stöd från familjen eller stöd utifrån hade gynnat deras upplevelse av familjehemsuppdraget.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study has been to increase the knowledge about biological children's perspective on conflicts and conflict management, as well as to study the importance of the role of conflicts in foster families. The need for the study was based on the fact that conflicts between biological children and foster children are a common cause of cancelation of fostering in foster families. The essay has a qualitative approach based on semi-structured interviews with eight respondents aged 18-28. Respondents share the common experience about what it means to be a biological child in a foster family. The study has its theoretical point of view in a childhood sociological perspective and the result was interpreted thematically and then analyzed using conflict and conflict management perspectives as well as role theory. The results show that the phenomena and situations thatbiological children need to relate to within the context of being part of a foster family include systemic, interpersonal and individual conflicts, whereas individual conflicts have been shown to be most prominent in terms of ambivalent feelings and compunction. The study also shows that biological children handle conflicts in different ways. The visible management styles are avoiding, adaptive, compromising and collaborative, where avoiding and adapting proved most prominent. The result further shows thatbiological children occupy different roles in the foster family, which is comprised of responsibility and participation in different ways, which can result in different individual conflicts. The respondents in the study also says that either more support from the family or support from outside would have benefited their experience of being a foster family.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 58
Keywords [en]
Biological children, Foster families, Conflict, Conflict management
Keywords [sv]
Biologiska barn, Familjehem, Konflikt, Konflikthantering
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7032DiVA, id: diva2:1260317
Educational program
Socionomprogrammet 210 hp
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2018-11-05 Created: 2018-11-02 Last updated: 2018-11-05Bibliographically approved

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