Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

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“Towards a new theory of professional discretion – the importance of reaching for the difficult”

Marit Skivenes has contributed with a chapter in a festschrift to Professor Tarja Pösö at Tampere University, Finland. The books tittle is Meaningful Research – Perspectives on Social Work Investigator Missions, edited by Rosi Enroos, Mikko Mätysaari & Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö.

Prof. Marit Skivenes share some of her recent discussions with Professor Tarja Pösö, on the exercise of discretion in child protection systems and how comparative research on social workers in child protection systems may teach us about the meaning and significance of social work research.

To read the chapter (page 227-242 ), follow this link



Are there population biases against migrant children?

Hege Stein Helland (Univeristy of Bergen, Norway), Kartin Križ (Emmanuel Collage, US), Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo (The National Distance Education, Spain) & Marit Skivenes (Univeristy of Bergen, Norway).
Children and Youth Services review


Hege Stein Helland, Kartin Križ, Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo & Marit Skivenes has published the article Are there population biases against migrant children? An experimental analysis of attitudes towards corporal punishment in Austria, Norway and Spain” in Children and Youth Services Review.

The study asks whether migrant children are viewed differently than native children, employing an experiment on a representative sample of the populations of Austria, Norway and Spain. Citizens are asked about the acceptability of corporal punishment and if a case of corporal punishment should be reported to child protection authorities.

The results show no bias due to migrant background. There are significant cross-country differences in the acceptance of corporal punishment. However, the willingness to report to the child protection systems are quite similar across countries. To read the article, follow this link.

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