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Caring or Vulnerable Children? Sibling Relationships When Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Children andamp; Society, ISSN 09510605Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on qualitative interviews with the children about how they and their siblings have responded tointimate partner violence, this paper explores processes of victim positioning. In their narratives, somechildren positioned themselves in line with notions of vulnerable victims, while others positioned them-selves as caregivers or changed their positions vis-a-vis their siblings. In their stories, they assigned andassumed positions in interaction with their siblings. Receiving sibling support and care was in the nar-ratives related to the quality of the sibling relationship, the shared experiences of violence and the ageorder.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.
Keyword [en]
children, intimate partner violence, positioning, response, siblings
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Work Nursing Ethnology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134902DOI: 10.1111/chso.12215OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-134902DiVA: diva2:1077783
Available from: 2017-03-01 Created: 2017-03-01 Last updated: 2017-03-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Barns relationer i våldets närhet: Respons, positioner och möjligheten till barns röst
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barns relationer i våldets närhet: Respons, positioner och möjligheten till barns röst
2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna avhandling är att utforska barns perspektiv på respons i samband med att de upplever våld i nära relation. Särskild betoning ligger på barnens egna, deras syskons, mor- och farföräldrars och andra vuxnas handlingar och reaktioner. På så sätt är målet att undersöka det relationella sammanhangets betydelse för våldsutsatta barn. Avhandlingens teoretiska ansats utgörs av barndomssociologi, sociologin om detpersonliga livet och positioneringsteori. Avhandlingen består av fyra delarbeten. Artikel I analyserar hur barns röst används i kvalitativ forskning om barn som upplever våld. De följande empiriska artiklarna, som bygger på analyser av kvalitativa intervjuer med 20 barn (11–19 år), undersöker barns erfarenhet av respons i samband med våld. Barnens berättelser visar att det ofta finns personer som känner till våldet och undersöker hur barnen själva, deras syskon (artikel II), mor- och farföräldrar (artikelIV) samt andra vuxna (artikel III) positionernas i barnens berättelser. Resultaten visar att barn upplever och responderar på våld på en rad olika sätt. Även personer i det relationella sammanhanget reagerar olika gentemot det utsatta barnet, vilket kan förstås utifrån att relationer omges av olika förväntningar och att respons är ett interaktionellt fenomen – individer i barnens närhet anpassar sin respons efter hur barnen responderar.Omgivningens respons beskrivs av barnen som hjälpsamma eller ohjälpsamma beroende på hur lyhörd, tillgänglig och nära individen upplevs. Avhandlingen visar vidare på att barnen har ett begränsat handlingsutrymme och endast ett fåtal positioner finns tillgängliga när de upplever våld. De primära positioner de våldsutsatta barnen erbjuds är de som ”sårbart offer”, ”sårbar men kompetent aktör” samt ”vuxenlik och omsorgsgivande aktör”. En nyckelfaktor för att barnen ska få hjälpsam respons är att de positioneras som både sårbara offer och som kompetenta aktörer.

Abstract [en]

The aim with this thesis is to explore children’s perspectives on responses when experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). Special focus is on the children’s own responses, as well as the actions and reactions of their siblings, grandparents and other adults in their proximity. Through this, the objective is to explore the significance of the relational setting for children exposed to IPV. This thesis is inspired by the sociology of childhood and the sociology of personal life. It has also employed positioning theory. The thesis consists of four papers. In article I, the use of children’s voices in qualitative research with children exposed to IPV is discussed. The following empirical papers, who are based on analyses of interviews with 20 children (11–19 years of age), explore children’s experiences of responses when exposed to violence. The children’s stories suggest that there often are people who know about the violence and the articles analyse how children position themselves in their stories, but also how they are positioned by their siblings (article II), their grandparents (article IV) and other adults (article III). Children exposed to IPV may experience the violence differently and respond to the abuse in a variety of ways. Similarly, individuals in the children’s relational setting may respond to the abused children differently, which can be understood on the basis that relationships are surrounded by different expectations and that responses are interactional phenomenon – individuals close to the children partly adapt their response to how the children react to the abuse. Children describe responses from individuals in their relational setting as either helpful or unhelpful, depending on how responsive, accessible and intimate the individual is perceived. The thesis also suggests that the children have a limited room for maneuverer and only a few positions available for them in the aftermath of violence. The primary attainable positions to the children experiencing IPV are the ones as ‘vulnerable victim’, ‘vulnerable but competent actor’, and ‘adult-like and caregiving actor’. A key factor for children to receive helpful responses is being positioned as vulnerable victims and as competent actors simultaneously.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. 113 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 709
Keyword
children’s voices, intimate partner violence, violence-exposed children, responses, positions, barns röster, våld i nära relation, barn som upplever våld, respons
National Category
Social Work Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Psychology Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134907 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-134907 (DOI)9789176855812 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-31, K1, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Norrköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-03-01 Created: 2017-03-01 Last updated: 2017-03-23Bibliographically approved

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