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Eriksson, H., Helmersson, S. & Högdin, S. (2023). School social work practice with Newly Arrived Young Migrants - at the Interface Between Counseling and Therapy. In: : . Paper presented at FORSA/NASSW 2023 Conference, Social work in changing times: Challenges and new opportunities, Bodø, Norway, June 14-16, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>School social work practice with Newly Arrived Young Migrants - at the Interface Between Counseling and Therapy
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: Young migrants can be described as a vulnerable group with trauma and exposure to violence as a frequently occurring part of their life story and migration process. The need for professional counselling in this group is extensive. A profession that many young migrants meet is school counselors. This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of school social work practice with newly arrived young migrants. The research question is how school counselors’ reason regarding their role and responsibility in relation to counselling young migrants.

Method: The study is based on qualitative interviews with 15 school counselors who meet newly arrived young migrants daily. The interviews have been analyzed using a qualitative thematic analysis.

Findings: The delimitation of what counselling lies within the school counselor's responsibility, is not clear. The fact that school counselors experience that other parts of the welfare system are not available for young migrants force them to go beyond what they describe as a part of their professional responsibility and carry out therapeutic counselling. The school counselors use different tools and methods in their counselling and mix them based on their own area of interest, education, and experience.

Conclusion: The accessibility that newly arrived young migrants have to the school counselor creates a role as the “only” professional available to support with counselling. This means that the school counselors need to go outside their professional domain. The school counselor’s discretion in relation to the type of counselling and how it is conducted appears to be unlimited.

National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51103 (URN)
Conference
FORSA/NASSW 2023 Conference, Social work in changing times: Challenges and new opportunities, Bodø, Norway, June 14-16, 2023
Funder
The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority
Available from: 2023-06-28 Created: 2023-06-28 Last updated: 2023-06-28Bibliographically approved
Högdin, S., Helmersson, S. & Eriksson, H. (2023). Young people in honour-based contexts: negotiations and reasoning on the obligation to report concern among school staff in Sweden. Nordic Social Work Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Young people in honour-based contexts: negotiations and reasoning on the obligation to report concern among school staff in Sweden
2023 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, school staff are legally responsible to report concern for a child’s welfare to social services. This obligation can be regarded as a cornerstone of social protection for children exposed to various forms of domestic violence, including honour-based violence (HBV). However, research indicates a tendency to underreport suspicion of child neglect by occupational groups in countries that apply mandatory reporting laws. This article examines the questions: How do school staff reason on their legal responsibilities in relation to reporting children and young people with a migrant background who are exposed to, or suspected victims of, HBV? What specific dilemmas can be identified in such situations? The study is based on qualitative interviews with school staff, particularly school counsellors, and a qualitative thematic analysis has been conducted. The results indicate that HBV is a complex field for professionals to handle and often becomes a subject of negotiation in relation to mandatory reporting. School staff commonly express a lack of trust in the social services’ knowledge or possibility to support children or young people in honour-based contexts. The respondents also reason around the notion that a report might lead to a worsened situation for the young person and increased control from the family. This all together shows an uncertainty or an internal moral conflict on the reporting obligation among school staff. © 2023 The Author(s). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia: Routledge, 2023
Keywords
Honour-based violence, school social work, mandatory reporting laws, social services act
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-50418 (URN)10.1080/2156857X.2023.2207089 (DOI)2-s2.0-85158848147 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority
Available from: 2023-05-04 Created: 2023-05-04 Last updated: 2023-07-06Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, H., Högdin, S. & Isaksson, A. (2022). Teachers' guiding role - On the tension between reflexivity and reproduction. International Journal of Educational Research Open, 3, Article ID 100187.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teachers' guiding role - On the tension between reflexivity and reproduction
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Educational Research Open, E-ISSN 2666-3740, Vol. 3, article id 100187Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, study and career guidance is the responsibility of the whole school, which also includes teachers. However, research concerning the role of teachers in study and career guidance is limited if one compares it with the existing research on the role and work of study and career counselors. The overall aim of this article is to provide a deeper understanding of how teachers in a Swedish municipality view their role in guiding students in their future study and career choices. The results show that teachers believe that they must be neutral, objective, and not influence students in their life choices even though they are at the same time aware that not all students have (equal) opportunities to be reflexive and to make choices that are independent of class affiliation. This indicates that teachers have limited possibilities to support their students and to equalize class reproduction in society. © 2022 The Author(s) 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Elsevier, 2022
Keywords
Teachers, Study and career guidance, Individualization, Class reproduction
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-47499 (URN)10.1016/j.ijedro.2022.100187 (DOI)2-s2.0-85133486995 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Region Halland
Note

Funding: The municipality of Falkenberg, Region Halland and the county administrative board in Halland, Sweden

Available from: 2022-06-30 Created: 2022-06-30 Last updated: 2023-01-12Bibliographically approved
Andersson, J., Eriksson, H., Högdin, S. & Ouis, P. (2021). Efter ett sekel (1ed.). In: Hans Swärd; Per Gunnar Edebalk (Ed.), Socionomutbildningen - då, nu och i framtiden: (pp. 313-340). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efter ett sekel
2021 (Swedish)In: Socionomutbildningen - då, nu och i framtiden / [ed] Hans Swärd; Per Gunnar Edebalk, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021, 1, p. 313-340Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2021 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-45430 (URN)9789144153070 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-08-24 Created: 2021-08-24 Last updated: 2022-10-27Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, H., Högdin, S. & Isaksson, A. (2018). Education and Career Choices: How the School Can Support Young People to Develop Knowledge and Decision-making Skills. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 6(9), 1900-1908
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Education and Career Choices: How the School Can Support Young People to Develop Knowledge and Decision-making Skills
2018 (English)In: Universal Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 2332-3205, E-ISSN 2332-3213, Vol. 6, no 9, p. 1900-1908Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary society is characterized by rapid changes in the labor market, increased flow of information, and more opportunities to make choices in relation to education and career. Previous research has demonstrated how many young people in school don't think they get the support they need to make such choices. The overall aim of this article is to contribute to more in-depth knowledge of what kind of support and knowledge young adults describe as important in order to be able to make informed choices. This knowledge might help school to better support young people in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes in relation to their education and career choices. The article is based on interviews with 25-year-old men and women. 23 interviews were conducted. In sum, the analysis indicates that guidance activities that aims to contribute to knowledge about the labor market, programs and courses and requirements for different education programs would probably be perceived as more fruitful by the young adults if they are organized in a combination of different levels, i.e. both as group activities (exhibitions, general information/discussion) and individual activities (personal information/discussion). Further, the authors demonstrate that roles and expectations between pupils, teachers and guidance counselors should be discussed and clarified.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Alhambra, CA: Horizon Research Publishing, 2018
Keywords
Education and Career Choice, School, Guidance Counselors, Counseling, Teachers
National Category
Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37886 (URN)10.13189/ujer.2018.060907 (DOI)2-s2.0-85061747951 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding: Municipality of Falkenberg, Region Halland, and the County Administrative board in Halland, Sweden.

Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved
Lundström, S., Ahlström, B. H., Jormfeldt, H., Eriksson, H. & Skärsäter, I. (2017). The Meaning of the Lived Experience of Lifestyle Changes for People with Severe Mental Illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(9), 717-725
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Meaning of the Lived Experience of Lifestyle Changes for People with Severe Mental Illness
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2017 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 38, no 9, p. 717-725Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to elucidate the meaning of the lived experience of lifestyle changes as perceived by people with severe mental illness (SMI). People with SMI who have experience in managing lifestyle changes were interviewed (n = 10). The interviews were analyzed with a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. The findings reveal three themes: (1) struggling with inner and outer limitations, (2) on one's own but together with others and (3) longing for living a life in harmony. The meaning of lifestyle changes can be understood as a person's internal and external endeavors to make well-considered decisions about lifestyle changes. Support should focus on strengthening the person's self-efficacy and should be based on the person's experiences. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis, 2017
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34905 (URN)10.1080/01612840.2017.1330909 (DOI)000413793800007 ()28613126 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85020737557 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-09-08 Created: 2017-09-08 Last updated: 2022-06-07Bibliographically approved
Högdin, S., Eriksson, H., Isaksson, A. & Urbas, A. (2016). Strategies to strengthen outlook of life among young people: A case study in a Swedish municipality. In: SWSD 2016: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016. Paper presented at The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD), Seoul, Korea, 27-30 June, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategies to strengthen outlook of life among young people: A case study in a Swedish municipality
2016 (English)In: SWSD 2016: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a continuous increase in mental health problems, such as stress symptoms, among young people in the Nordic countries. One source of stress concerns young people’s outlook of life in general, and more specific the choice of education and future carrier. Previous studies show that high education has positive impact on a person’s health, but also on regional development. The research project is based on a case study in a Swedish municipality with low educational level. The aim of the study is to explore and understand the low education among the citizens. The study starts in young person’s perspective on their future. Further, how adults in home, school and the neighborhood, influence the young person’s educational and carrier choices. The analyses of the results are based on theories on gender and cultural/social capital. The empirical material consists of surveys and interview studies with young people, teachers and guidance counsellors. The results show that young people often feel unsure of their future chooses and often ask for more support from adults regarding their future education. Several students find it stressful to manage their career choices, particularly if their parents do not have sufficient knowledge to support them in such matters. Teachers and guidance counselors describe a lack of strategies to support and addressing issues of education and future work, but also how they should be passive in relation to influencing the students. In conclusion, the results show the importance, when it comes to social work and social development practices on preventing mental health problems among young people, to develop strategies for working with young person’s educational and carrier choices. In this project some strategies have been identified, on local political and school level, to strengthen outlook of life among young people.

Keywords
Youth, School, Education, Career paths, Career guidance
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31774 (URN)
Conference
The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD), Seoul, Korea, 27-30 June, 2016
Projects
Strategier för höjd utbildningsnivå
Available from: 2016-08-15 Created: 2016-08-15 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, A., Eriksson, H. & Högdin, S. (2016). The consequences of individualization for boys in the Swedish school system. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS), YOUTH MOVES - Voices - Spaces - Subjectivites, 15–17 June 2016, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The consequences of individualization for boys in the Swedish school system
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this presentation/working paper is to contribute to the knowledge about why young men generally are less likely to study at the university than young women. Previous studies and reports have pointed out a number of explanations for that. Young men’s reluctance to go on to higher education, as well as boys’ relatively low grades in primary and secondary schools, has been explained with reference to gender theoretical arguments about constraining constructions of masculinity. Several gender-oriented studies show that it is not considered compatible with certain types of masculinity constructions to make an e ort in school and show an interest in further studies. A term used to explain the boys’ poor performance in school and lack of interest in higher studies is antiplugg kultur (cf. eg Nordberg 2008 SOU 2009: 64). is presentation/working paper aims to challenge these explanations and expand the understanding of why young men tend to not to see higher education as an option. e empirical data consists of extensive quanti- tative and qualitative studies in a western Swedish municipality during 2011-2014. e point of departure is primarily in the young men’s own stories about teaching in primary and secondary school and their perceptions of their interactions with teachers, study and career counsellors and others. e interplay between and consequences of contemporary constructions of masculinity (Connell, 1995-2003), and the individualisation of society (Giddens 1991; Beck 1992), which is reflected in the teachers and study and career counsellors practitioners, are the main theoretical elements to interpret the empirical material.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31200 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS), YOUTH MOVES - Voices - Spaces - Subjectivites, 15–17 June 2016, Trollhättan, Sweden
Available from: 2016-06-15 Created: 2016-06-15 Last updated: 2016-07-01Bibliographically approved
Högdin, S., Eriksson, H., Isaksson, A. & Urbas, A. (2016). Young people's educational and career choices: A case study among young people, guidance counsellors and teachers in a Swedish municipality. In: NERA2016: 9-11 March: Helsinki Finland: NERA 44th Congress: Social Justice, Equality and Solidarity in Education. Paper presented at NFPF/NERA’s 44th Congress, Helsinki, Finland, 9-11 March, 2016 (pp. 89-89).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Young people's educational and career choices: A case study among young people, guidance counsellors and teachers in a Swedish municipality
2016 (English)In: NERA2016: 9-11 March: Helsinki Finland: NERA 44th Congress: Social Justice, Equality and Solidarity in Education, 2016, p. 89-89Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In a changing and complex world, young people are expected to make decisions and choices regarding their education and future careers. At the same time, there is a continuous increase in mental health problems, such as stress symptoms, among young people in the Nordic countries. One source of stress concerns young people’s outlook on life in general, and more specifically their choice of education and career. This paper is based on a research project in a Swedish municipality with a low level of education. The overall aim of the project was to explore and understand the low education among the citizens in the municipality. The aim of this paper is to illustrate how career counsellors and teachers view their role in supporting students when it comes to these choices, and how young people view the support they receive and have received during their years at compulsory and upper secondary school. The empirical material consists of surveys and interview studies with young people, teachers and career counsellors. The analyses of the results are based on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of field, capital and habitus with a gender perspective from Beverley Skeggs’ theory on gender and capital. The study takes young people’s perspectives of their education and careers as its starting point. It also examines the support they have received from career counsellors and teachers at compulsory and upper secondary school and also from their parents and other significant persons in their home environment. The analyses show that there are differences in how professionals and young people view study and career guidance. Young people often express a feeling of uncertainty when it comes to their future choices and request more guidance from adults regarding possible opportunities. Several students find it stressful to manage their career choices, particularly if their parents do not have sufficient knowledge to support them in such matters. Girls express a feeling of stress in relation to educational choices more often than boys. Teachers and career counsellors describe a lack of strategies when it comes to vocational guidance and how to address issues of education and future work within the current curriculum. They also express a fear of influencing young people and therefore take a more passive approach in these matters. In conclusion, the results show that there is a gap between young people’s requests for guidance from adults at school and teachers’ and career counsellors’ view of their role in these matters. The results highlights the importance of developing strategies for working with educational and career choices at compulsory school as one way of preventing mental health problems among young people.

Keywords
Youths, education, career, guidance
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30509 (URN)
Conference
NFPF/NERA’s 44th Congress, Helsinki, Finland, 9-11 March, 2016
Available from: 2016-03-14 Created: 2016-03-14 Last updated: 2016-07-01Bibliographically approved
Högdin, S., Wulff, Å., Eriksson, H., Isaksson, A. & Urbas, A. (2014). Strategier för höjd utbildningsnivå: En studie bland unga i Åstorps kommun. Halmstad: Högskolan i Halmstad
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2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Flera tidigare studier visar att utbildningstraditionen i samhället har förändrats. Idag utbildar sig fler på gymnasiet och fler läser vidare på högre utbildningar vilket innebär att utbildningsnivån i vårt samhälle ökat. Utbildningssystemet beskrivs ofta som ett “självreproducerande system”, där benägenhet att välja en viss utbildning i hög grad är beroende av utbildningstradition, framför allt i familjen, men också i samhället runt individen. I Åstorps kommun har en låg utbildningstradition uppmärksammats. Det är inte ovanligt med avhopp från gymnasiet och ett flertal gymnasieelever slutför inte sin gymnasieutbildning inom de avsedda tre åren. När det gäller högre studier vid högskola eller universitet ligger utbildningsnivån i Åstorps kommun lägre än riksgenomsnittet. Med anledning av detta beslutade Åstorps kommun att följa upp gymnasieeleverna genom en studie. Studiens syfte är att tillvara erfarenheter av utbildning bland ungdomar i Åstorps kommun samt öka kunskapen om hur ungdomarna ser på framtida utbildnings- och karriärmöjligheter. Resultaten i studien visar att många ungdomar efterfrågar mer stöd från vuxna i skolan när det kommer till val av utbildning och framtida yrke. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Högskolan i Halmstad, 2014. p. 86
Keywords
Unga, Skola, Utbildning, Studie- och yrkesvägledning, Åstorp
National Category
Educational Sciences History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27101 (URN)
Projects
Strategier för höjd utbildningsnivå
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-21 Last updated: 2022-09-13Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-9458-5489

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