Children, health practices and social processes

The research focus on what happens in practice when children’s and young people’s physical and psychological health are examined. The aim is to study procedures of setting standards for what is normal, pathological, or divergent, and how children and young people make meaning of the practices.

In the past few years, I have studied what happens when schoolchildren participate in manual-based psycho-educational programs. Through studying the realization of a program, I have been able to examine the assumptions of schoolchildren’s wellbeing, which the program rest upon, and how schoolchildren challenge these. I have also studied how ideas of a nice smile are constructed when children and young people are getting treatment with fixed appliances. The analysis have shown what we expect from children and young people in different institutions but also how they accept, question and change the activities. 

In a new project, I will – together with a colleague – study the survey Schoolchildren’s health practices, and what schoolchildren refer to when they report psychological troubles. Our research will complement survey-based research and create an understanding of what young people actually have in mind when they make such reports. 
 

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Academic Degrees

  • 2018
    Associate Professor in Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university.
  • 2015
    Docent in Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university.
  • 2011
    Senior lecturer in social anthropology at Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping university.
  • 2009
    Senior lecturer in Social Anthropology, Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping university.
  • 2008
    Ph.D. at Department of health and society, Linköping university,

Assignment (selected)

  • Opponent for the doctoral thesis by Marie Kolmos. Roskilde University. 2019.

  • Director of doctoral studies, Child Studies, Linköpings University.
  • Member of the examination committee for the doctoral thesis by Linnea Hanell. Stockholm University. 2017
  • Member of the examination committee for the doctoral thesis by Jir Barzang. Örebro University. 2017
  • Opponent for the doctoral thesis by Dina Danielsen. Roskilde University. 2016
  • Member of the examination committee for the doctoral thesis by Gunilla Hallonsten. Lund University. 2012

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