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  • 1.
    Skagius, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Brains and psyches: Child psychological and psychiatric expertise in a Swedish newspaper, 1980–20082019In: History of the Human Sciences, ISSN 0952-6951, E-ISSN 1461-720X, no 3, p. 76-99Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most children and families have not had direct contact with child psychological and psychiatric experts. Instead they encounter developmental theories, etiological explanations and depictions of childhood disorders through indirect channels such as newspapers. Drawing on actor–network theory, this article explores two child psychological and psychiatric modes of ordering children’s mental health discernible in Sweden’s largest morning newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, during the years 1980 to 2008: a psychodynamic mode and a neuro-centered mode. In the article I show how these two relatively contemporaneous modes greatly differed in how they enacted children’s mental health. The psychodynamic mode stressed the parents’ role in structuring and affecting the child’s unconscious and saw them as the primary cause of any mental illness. In contrast, the neuro-centered mode highlighted that mental issues were related to the child’s brain and proposed different solutions depending on whether the child’s brain functioned in a ‘normal’ or ‘atypical’ manner. Each mode moreover suggested differing contexts to their discussions, with the psychodynamic mode solely discussing the parental milieu while the neuro-centered mode mainly focused on how society affected children with ‘atypical’ brains. The two modes thus had significantly diverging implications for the reader on how to understand and manage children and their psychological well-being. I further argue in the article for the relevance of actor–network theory in historical studies of psychology and psychiatry.

  • 2.
    Skagius, Peter
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Zetterqvist Nelson, Karin
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Lindgren, Anne-Li
    Stockholms Universitet, Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen, Avdelningen för Förskollärarutbildning och Förskoleforskning.
    Psykisk ohälsa eller bara livet?: Ungas egna beskrivningar av psykisk ohälsa i en internetbaseradstödverksamhet organiserad av och för ungdomar2018In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 95, no 5, p. 568-576Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Föreliggande artikel berör Tilia, en ideell internetbaserad verksamhetsom organiseras av ungdomar och unga vuxna med egen erfarenhet avpsykisk ohälsa. Tilia riktar sig till andra unga som kämpar med sitt psykiskamående och har som ambition att komplettera den formella vården. Dennaartikel fokuserar på hur ungdomars psykiska ohälsa beskrivs på Tilia.se isyfte att närmare studera den språkliga repertoar om psykisk ohälsa sompresenteras på hemsidan. Analysen visar hur de ungas beskrivningarav psykisk ohälsa präglas av ett fritt användande av psykologiskt ochpsykiatriskt expertspråk och en ”normalisering” av olika känslor, somkontrast till det vuxna (expert)samhällets normer och krav. Vidare betonasden stödsökandes egen agens och ungas behov av att bli lyssnade på.

  • 3.
    Skagius, Peter
    Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Assembling the child: Child psychiatric and psychological expertise in a Swedish morning paper, 1968-20082016Conference paper (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.

  • 4.
    Skagius, Peter
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Münger, Ann-Charlotte
    Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Professional reinventions: Swedish psychologists, 1990-20102016In: History of Psychology, ISSN 1093-4510, E-ISSN 1939-0610, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 274-297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the early 20th century, the Swedish psychology profession has undergone several changes in its essential tasks, epistemological foundations, and social roles. These changes occurred through an ongoing “tuning” with Swedish society, in which the profession strove to appear relevant to society’s concerns and problems as well as enroll others to share the profession’s goals and aims. Studying the history of the profession can thus shed light on the changing definitions and contours of the psychology profession itself as well as on the organization of the society in which it acts. This article examines the history of the Swedish psychology profession from 1990 to 2010, through an analysis of the discussions and debates taking place in the Swedish Psychological Association’s journal. The analytical framework used draws on work done within actor–network theory and science studies. We argue that the profession’s institutional connections, defining tasks, epistemological underpinnings, and social position have changed in major ways during these 2 decades. Overall, as a result of an increasingly felt insecurity, the profession has turned outward and tried to find new ways to legitimize itself to politicians, the media, patients, and customers through means such as a more economized vocabulary and novel forms of empirical research. These changes have led to a more socialized profession, now more closely tuned to other actors in Swedish society, leading to conflicts within the profession over whether this is an opportunity to better control their own destiny or if it will lead to a loss of autonomy.

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