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Ann-Sofie Bergman

About me

Associate professor, Social Work

My research focuses on social work with children and young people, children as next of kin and violence in close relationships.

Publications in English

  1. Bergman, Ann-Sofie (2016) ”In a proper home”: Foster children’s needs and foster parent’s suitability during the twentieth century, Journal of Family History, 41(2), 176-191. DOI: 10.1177/0363199016635493.
  2. Bergman, Ann-Sofie, Ulf Axberg & Elizabeth Hanson (2017) When a parent dies: a systematic review of the effects of support programs for parentally bereaved children and their caregivers. BMC Palliative Care, vol. 16, 1-15. DOI: 10.1186/s12904-017-0223-y.
  3. Bergman, Ann-Sofie & Annika Rejmer (2017) Parents in child custody disputes: Why are they disputing? Journal of Child Custody, 14(2-3),134-150 DOI: 10.1080/15379418.2017.1365320.
  4. Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika, Bergman, Ann-Sofie, Eriksson, Maria & Priebe, Gisela (2018) Young carers in Sweden: A pilot study of care activities, view of caring and psychological wellbeing. Child & Family Social Work. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12614
  5.  Bergman, Ann-Sofie & Eriksson, Maria (2018) Supported visitation in cases of violence: political intentions and local practice. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 32, no. 3 (2018): 374-93. DOI: 10.1093/lawfam/eby011
  6. Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika, Bergman, Ann-Sofie & Melin Emilsson, Ulla (2019) Strategies of austerity used in needs assessments for personal assistance - Changing Swedish social policy for persons with disabilities. European Journal of Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2019.1639627
  7. Bergman, Ann-Sofie, Melin Emilsson, Ulla & Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika (2020) Persons with certain functional impairments apply for parenting support: A study of personal assistance assessments in Sweden. Nordic Social Work Research
    DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2020.1756387
  8. Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika, Arnesson, Kerstin, & Bergman, Ann-Sofie (2021) The take-off for private consultants in child protection investigations—How did Sweden get here?" The British Journal of Social Work. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcab053
  9. Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika & Bergman Ann-Sofie (2022). Whether Disabled Parents Receive Personal Assistance for Parenting and the Consequences for Children—An Interview Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(6):3330. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063330
  10. Bergman, Ann-Sofie & Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika (2022). Records of personal assistance applications reveal young carers: Viewed from the rights of the child. Children & Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12607

 

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database

  • Whether Disabled Parents Receive Personal Assistance for Parenting and the Consequences for Children—An Interview Study

    2022. Ulrika Järkestig Berggren, Ann-Sofie Bergman. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19 (6)

    Article

    Personal assistance, since its implementation in 1993, has been shown to provide support for persons with severe functional disabilities in their everyday life, ensuring inclusion in societal roles such as working life. Personal assistance (PA) may also provide support in parenting; however, with the right to PA becoming increasingly questioned in Sweden, parents with disabilities have varying experiences of receiving support for their role as parents. Experiences also differ in regard to how access to a personal assistant is important to their child’s daily life. The aim of this article is to shed light on the meaning of PA for parents and children in everyday life, especially when PA is reduced or even withdrawn. Eleven parents who have had or presently have PA were interviewed. The results show that parents describe that PA help them to fullfil their parental roles although the support could be more flexible to the needs of parents and their children. In situations when PA has been denied, children are negatively impacted and some children act by taking on responsibilities for the care of their parent. In conclusion; childrens’ perspective of their family life needs to be taken in consideration when assessing the rights to PA.

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  • Utvärdering av Relationsvåldscentrum (RVC) i Stockholms stad

    2021. Maria Eriksson (et al.).

    Report

    I föreliggande rapport presenteras resultaten av en forskarutvärdering av Relationsvåldscentrum (RVC) i Stockholms stad. Utvärderingen har genomförts av en grupp forskare knutna till Institutionen för socialvetenskap vid Ersta Sköndal Bräcke högskola och har pågått under 2020 och 2021. Utvärderingens övergripande syfte är att undersöka vilken betydelse RVC har för att säkra god kvalitet i Stockholms stads insatser mot våld i nära relation respektive hedersrelaterat våld och förtryck. Studien fokuserar på fyra olika områden: 1) Resultat, 2) Arbetet som bedrivs vid RVC i jämförelse med ordinarie arbete i respektive stadsdelsförvaltning, exempelvis när det gäller bemötande eller lämpliga och tillräckliga insatser, 3) Organisation, och 4) Kostnader. Studien har genomförts genom en kombination av metoder och rapporten bygger på sex olika dataset: 1) Dokument och statistik rörande RVC:s brukare och arbete, inklusive underlag om ekonomiska förutsättningar; 2) Självskattningar av traumasymptom hos RVC:s våldsutsatta brukare; 3) Tematiskt strukturerade intervjuer med personal vid RVC respektive stadsdelsförvaltningarnas myndighetsutövande enheter, här benämnda relationsvåldsteam (RVT); 4) Enkät till personal påRVC respektive stadsdelsförvaltningarnas relationsvåldsteam (RVT) om hur samverkan mellan RVC och övriga delar av socialtjänsten fungerar; 5) Tematiskt strukturerade intervjuer med brukare vid RVC, 6) RVC:s brukarundersökning.

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  • Records of personal assistance applications reveal young carers: Viewed from the rights of the child

    2022. Bergman Ann-Sofie, Ulrika Järkestig Berggren. Children & Society

    Article

    The aim of this article is to investigate how children's care responsibility is recognised in records of personal assistance carried out by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (SSIA). The article consists of document analysis, examining how caring activities are made visible in the records, and professionals' views and actions regarding responsibilities placed on children. Data consist of 100 cases randomly selected from the SSIA register amongst applicants with children, focusing on parents' descriptions of their needs, the public officials' assessments, and statements from professionals. Recurring themes related to young carers were developed.

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  • Child protection investigations by private consultants or municipally employed social workers: What are the differences for children?

    2022. Ann-Sofie Bergman, Kerstin Arnesson, Ulrika Järkestig Berggren. Journal of Social Work

    Article

    Summary

    In Sweden, a practice has developed where the social services have started to hire private consultants in child protection investigations. This article analyses and compares the handling of child protection investigations carried out by private consultants and municipally employed social workers with regard to the reasons for the reports, the investigations, the assessments, and the decisions taken about interventions. The concepts funnel and filtering and children's participation are used in the analysis. The study has a mixed-methods design, where qualitative and quantitative data and analysis are combined and integrated. Data consists of 120 case files regarding the social service's handling of investigations as well as interviews with managers of social service departments.

    Findings

    The results show several differences in the handling of child protection investigations carried out by social workers and private consultants in the municipalities studied. The private consultants worked to a greater extent with investigations that were initiated due to concerns about violence. Investigations conducted by consultants contained less information and specifically concerning children's perspective. These children also received interventions to a lesser extent than children assessed by the municipal social workers.

    Application

    The study indicates that from a child’s perspective, it matters whether a municipally employed social worker or a private consultant performs an investigation. Consultants generally work temporarily in a workplace, and it may therefore be more difficult to establish a trusting relationship with the children, which can be a barrier to children's participation and the implementation of a child’s perspective.

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