A Qualitative Study of Children’s Experiences with School-based Divorce-groups led by Teachers in Denmark

Pernelle Rose*, Ottar Ness

*Corresponding author

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New interventions are offered to children of divorced parents in Danish schools. Establishing conversation-groups can be seen as part of this overall effort to increase pupils’ wellbeing. This new practice leads to new professional challenges when teachers facilitate group processes and call for in-depth studies of children’s own perspectives on their participation in these interventions. This article is based on ethnographic fieldwork and asks the following research question: “How do children make sense of the professionals’ double role as both group leader and teacher when facilitating the conversation-groups in schools?” The study draws on 23 interviews with children and observations in four conversation-groups in Denmark. Theory of social representations is used as an analytical tool to explore the dilemmas of school interventions for children of divorced parents. The analysis presents three dominant themes: The group leader’s problematic double role, balancing the duty of confidentiality and trusting the group members. The analysis shows that children struggle to express feelings about their home situation in the school context. The importance of balancing the duty of confidentiality as a group leader is clearly reflected as a key factor, seen from the perspective of the child
TidsskriftHealth Promotion International
Udgave nummer5
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2023
Udgivet eksterntJa

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