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  • 1.
    Rooth, Hetty
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Forinder, U.
    Department of Social Work, Gävle University, Gävle, Sweden.
    Piuva, K.
    Department of Social Work, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Söderbäck, Maja
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    An Assessment of Two Parenting Training Manuals Used in Swedish Parenting Interventions2017In: Children & society, ISSN 0951-0605, E-ISSN 1099-0860, Vol. 31, no 6, p. 510-522Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, all parents of children aged 0–18 years are entitled to attend free parenting courses as part of a national strategy presented by the Government in 2009. This broad parental support welfare strategy is expected to fulfil the intentions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In this study, two parenting training manuals were analysed: the Canadian Connect program, based on attachment theory, and the Swedish ABC program, based on social learning theory. The results indicate that the manuals use strategies that can both hinder and support children's rights, regardless of rhetoric of children's best interests. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children's Bureau

  • 2.
    Rooth, Hetty
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Forinder, U.
    University of Gävle, Sweden.
    Söderbäck, Maja
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Viitasara, E.
    Piuva, K.
    Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden .
    Trusted and doubted: Discourses of parenting training in two Swedish official inquiries, 1947 and 20082018In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 46, no 20_suppl, p. 59-65Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of this study was to analyse discourses of parenting training in official inquires in Sweden that explicitly deal with the bringing up of children and parental education and how the representations of the problems and their solutions affect parental subject positions in the early welfare state and at the onset of the 21st century. Method: We carried out a discourse analysis of two public inquiries of 1947 and 2008, drawing on theories about governmentality and power regimes. Tools from political discourse analysis were used to investigate the objectives of political discourse practices. Results: Both inquiries referred to a context of change and new life demands as a problem. Concerning suggestions for solutions, there were discrepancies in parents’ estimated need of expert knowledge and in descriptions of parental capacity. In a discourse of trust and doubt, the parents in 1947 were positioned as trusted welfare partners and secure raisers of future generations, and in 2008, as doubted adults, feared to be faltering in their child-rearing tasks. Conclusions: The analysis revealed how governmental problem descriptions, reasoning about causes and suggestions of solutions influenced parents’ subject positions in a discourse of trust and doubt, and made way for governmental interventions with universal parenting training in the 21st century. 

  • 3.
    Rooth, Hetty
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Piuva, Katarina
    Stockholm Univ, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Forinder, Ulla
    Univ Gavle, Gävle, Sweden..
    Söderbäck, Maja
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Competent parents with natural children: Parent and child identities in manual-based parenting courses in Sweden2018In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 369-384Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyses identity constructions in two manual-based universal parenting training programmes in Sweden, Connect (U) and All Children in Focus (ABC). The analysis was performed with discourse analysis of oral messages during parent training courses. The findings revealed that the parents' subject positions altered between troubled and good while the children's subject positions altered between ambiguous and natural in a confessional discourse of uncertainty and competence. Conclusively, pastoral power operated to support parental self-reflexivity and adult control in a process to improve parenting skills.

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