Kompleksiteter i kategoriseringer af forældre til et barn med handicap

Lisa Bille Rasmussen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis revolves around parents of a child with handicap. It seeks to investigate the discursive categorizations that are constructed about and of these parents. The purpose of this thesis is not to give concrete directions, but more so, inspired by poststructuralisms, to see the subject in new ways and to potentially pose questions or take a different reflective look at parent to handicapped children than before. For this intent the writer has chosen to conduct qualitative interviews with two parents (a father and a mother in this case) of a child with a handicap and two family counselors at Familiehuset (The Family House) for families with a child with a diagnosis.

Furthermore it includes documents from the legal framework of the work performed by Familiehuset. By including the theory of Judith Butler and Dorte Marie Søndergaard about discursive categorization and discursive story lines the thesis wishes to investigate, how parents are categorized and how these categories are complex and intertwined. The writer has taken upon her to attempt to "translate" theory from Butlers book: Gender Trouble from 1990 and utilize the concept of doing gender in a transformed conceptualization of doing parent. Primarily by including the theory of subjects being constructed through language and how the discursive categories are unstable yet defining of the way parents act and express themselves. The analysis also includes story lines or narratives, where parents or family counselors legitimize their actions or statements within the discourse. It also includes a discussion about which implications these categorizations can involve for the parents. The empirical data points to four categories: Parents under pressure, Parents who have to fight, Parents who needs knowledge and the last category is based on gender and being/doing fathers and mothers. The thesis concludes that the discursive categorizations of parents of a child with handicap are complicated and entangled and has discursive limitations and possibilities with the actions, but also the perception of these parents. The empirical data also concludes that parents are limited in their possibilities in action and speech within the ever-transforming borders of the categorizing discourses of being parents who are under pressure, lack knowledge and have to fight for their child.

Keywords: parents, children with handicap, categorizations, Judith Butler, family counsellors, discourse, story line, knowledge.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2018
Antal sider74
VejledereBirgitte Elle


  • Judith Butler, forældre, barn med handicap, kategoriseringer, diskurs, fortællinger, viden, køn, familiekonsulenter.