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Assembling the child: Child psychiatric and psychological expertise in a Swedish morning paper, 1968-2008
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The majority of parents and children do not have any contact with child psychiatric institutions. Instead, they encounter psychological and psychiatric conceptualizations of child mental health through mass media, public broadcasting (radio, TV) and the Internet. Therefore, the circulation of child psychological and psychiatric expertise in the media constitutes the primary conduit through which experts and their knowledge can be ‘linked up’ with individuals and families and, through doing so, offering them descriptions and definitions of psychiatric diagnostic categories and mental conditions, along with different ways of reasoning about child mental health. In this paper I focus on how issues such as children's development and mental health have been discussed in the national newspaper Dagens Nyheter during the period 1968-2008. Alltogether, I discuss three forms of child psychological and psychiatric expertise identified in the material: a family therapeutic, a psychodynamic and a neuro expertise.

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history of psychology; history of psychiatry; Sweden; science in media; childhood studies
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary History
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126915OAI: diva2:917752
The 11th European Social Science History Conference, 30 March - 2 April 2016, Valencia, Spain.
Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2016-04-07 Last updated: 2016-04-25

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