Anna Westberg Broström. Foto: Clément Morin

Anna Westberg Broström


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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Telephone 08-120 763 28
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 21A
Room 309
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Senior Lecturer

Section for Early Childhood Education



Teaches courses in Early Childhood Education.


Research project

Education for preschool children regarding integrity and child sexual abuse: meanings for preschools, parents and children? 

Previous projects

“The constructed scout” – children, youth and leaders in the Swedish Scout and Guide movement


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Helena Bergström, Anna Westberg-Broström, Christian Eidevald. Early Child Development and Care

    The framing of news promotes certain interpretations. The representation of a problem in public media thereby affects the idea of what to do about that problem. This article analyses discourses about child sexual abuse (CSA) in preschools, occurring in Swedish printed media 2014–2015, and interprets the effects that the discourses may have on the social practices. ‘The discourse of the best interest of the child and preschool as a good place’ and ‘the discourse of equality as an ideal’ dominate the material, although narratives describe CSA. Solutions to limiting CSA are discussed only rarely.

  • 2018. Christian Eidevald, Helena Bergström, Anna Westberg Broström. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 26 (3), 407-417

    Previous research has described a discourse where men working within Early Childhood Education and Care are viewed as potential pedophiles. The aim of this study is to describe and analyze how men, working in Swedish preschools, position themselves in relation to this pedophile discourse. Twenty-five men were interviewed about their work-experiences and the result shows two dominating positions: (1) giving up or (2) maneuvering the pedophile discourse. The discourse is maneuvered by: avoiding certain tasks, do the tasks but in ways that minimize suspicion or do the tasks without acknowledging the personal risk, as the tasks are required in their professional role. Thereby, men do not have the same ability to develop professionalism in childcare as women. However, by overcoming the fear of the pedophile discourse, these men create 'new discourses', where men can be viewed as caregivers. The result highlights an overall question, of what a professional approach is when it comes to care for children in ECEC.

  • 2016. Helena Bergström, Christian Eidevald, Anna Westberg-Broström. Early Child Development and Care 186 (9), 1520-1528

    The objective of this research review is to synthesize research published between 2000 and 2015 regarding child sexual abuse, preschool and preschool teachers. The review identifies themes relevant for the preschool teacher profession: child sexual abuse at preschools, suspicions and consequences for the preschool sector, preventing techniques and the preschool teacher as a safeguarder. Furthermore, important types of tensions in efforts to safeguard against child sexual abuse are identified: the importance of listening to children and avoiding false allegations, the preschool teacher as a safeguarder and a potential abuser, and the importance of preventing child sexual abuse and providing qualitative care of children. Implications for the profession, the education of preschool teachers and the need for more research are addressed.

  • 2016. Anna Westberg Broström. World Leisure Journal 58 (1), 12-27

    The aim of the present article is to explore how members transit from participants to leaders within Swedish scouting. It is a contribution to the ongoing discussion about the continued involvement of older participants within youth cultures [Bennett, A. (2006). Punk's not dead: The continuing significance of punk rock for and older generations of fans. Sociology40, 219–235; Bennett, A., & Hodkinson, P. (2012). Ageing and youth cultures: Music, style and identity. London: Berg; Davis, J. R. (2006). Growing up punk: Negotiating aging identity in a local music scene. Symbolic interaction29(1), 63–69; Hodkinson, P. (2011). Ageing in a spectacular “youth culture”: Continuity, change and community amongst older goths. The British Journal of Sociology62(2), 262–282], through investigating a different case; that of a youth organization. Both educators, who take charge, as well as participants taking part in scout leadership courses, have been interviewed. The present study demonstrates there is an end to childhood and youth within scouting. In order to stay involved, the participant has to become a leader. Paradoxically, though, no significant difference between being a scout and a leader is however experienced. The only difference is that the member has to be more responsible as a scout leader. None of the informants, however, mention responsibility as their main motive for continued participation. Rather, the main motive for volunteering as leaders seems to be the prospect of remaining scouts. Through becoming a leader, the scout is able to stay a scout and concomitantly; to stay youthful.

  • Article "Wild Scouts"
    2013. Anna Westberg Broström. Child & Youth Services 34 (1), 9-22

    The aim of this article is to analyze the Swedish scout program.Socialization is used as a theoretical tool in the analysis. Themethod is inspired by critical discourse analysis. What are childrenand young people being prepared for, how is it accomplished, andby whom? The findings reveal two discourses: doing things as aninvestment for the future versus having fun. In ‘‘the scout factory,’’the movement is the initiator, the leader the performer, and theyoung person the individual who is to become the finalproduct—a responsible citizen.

  • 2012. Anna Westberg Broström. Leisure/Loisir 36 (1), 53-64

    The aim of this article is to explore the discourses surrounding the contemporary Swedish Scout Movement and young people. The method is based on discourse analysis. Newspaper articles about, and leaflets from, the movement from 2007 to 2009 were analyzed. The findings suggest that scouts are described as well-behaved, decent, sinful, “geeky,” young or youthful. The leaflets demonstrate that the organization wants to promote itself as youthful. It has trouble recruiting young people and tries to change its image by borrowing symbols from other youth cultures. Paradoxically, this approach leads to a conclusion that the Scout Movement's youth are not seen as youthful by their own organization. They cannot signal youthfulness by themselves.

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Last updated: November 19, 2020

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