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.