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Schoolgirls' healt agency: Silence, upset and cooperation in a psycho-educational assemblage
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0587-3399
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-12, article id 1564518Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Since the millennium, manual-based preventive health programmes, drawing on psychological models of behaviour management, have dominated psycho-educational practices in school. The aim of this article is to study the health agency of 13-year-old schoolgirls participating in a programme for improving schoolchildren’s psychological health in Sweden.

Method: Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s theories of assemblages, the interaction between schoolchildren, teachers, the manual and psycho-educational techniques is scrutinized. The methodology of assemblage ethnography is used in the analysis of video observations of 13 course meetings.

Results: Three salient attitudes in relation to the possibilities built up for the schoolgirls are identified—silenceupset and cooperation. The girls’ acts and stories question the psycho-centric, individualized and gender-normative approach used in psycho-educational programmes and make visible the relational and contextual aspects of schoolchildren’s psychological health.

Conclusion: Children depend on multiple factors for their agency; the institutional networks they are involved in both allow and restrict their actions. The study demonstrates that focusing on children as health actors, in the sense that agency develops in the assemblages children take part in, can complement the knowledge base and question the predominant framing of psychological health.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-12, article id 1564518
Keywords [en]
schoolgirls; health agency; psychological health; psycho-education; assemblage ethnography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153940DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1564518ISI: 000459729600012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153940DiVA, id: diva2:1280775
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Public Health Agency of Sweden , HFÅ 2008/213
Note

The article is part of a special issue on the theme Children’s agency in the family, in school and in society: implications for health and well-being. 

Special issue editors: Emma Sorbring, University West, emma.sorbring@hv.se and Leon Kuczynski, University of Guelph, lkuczyns@uoguelph.ca

Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-03-29Bibliographically approved

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