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Resultat
Vitenskapelig artikkel
2017

Who’s at risk? Expanding the categorical understanding of children at risk of social exclusion through measures of self-esteem

Bidragsytere:
  • Randi Wærdahl
  • Ann Christin Eklund Nilsen
  • Christine Svarstad og
  • Nina Jentoft

Tidsskrift

Nordic Social Work Research
ISSN 2156-857X
e-ISSN 2156-8588
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2017
Publisert online: 2017

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Tittel

Who’s at risk? Expanding the categorical understanding of children at risk of social exclusion through measures of self-esteem

Sammendrag

A strong focus on early intervention involves broad categories by which to assess children at risk of social marginalisation. Most of these categories relate to family characteristics and qualities. In this article, we explore social vulnerability from children’s perspectives and consider whether their self-esteem provides evidence for risk of social marginalisation, here understood as exclusion from social, academic, and cultural communities. The data are derived from a survey of 10-year-old children in the south of Norway on their everyday life and well-being (N = 1360). We have constructed an index of global self-esteem. First, we find a significant correlation between low global self-esteem and personal social vulnerability. Next, we quite surprisingly find no significant correlation between children’s global self-esteem and their family characteristics. The final analysis reveals a correlation between children’s global self-esteem and their social networks. These results prompt us to question some of the common assumptions about the association between family characteristics and social vulnerability. Our results show that more attention should be paid to children’s social networks, regardless of family characteristics. More importantly, the results show that global self-esteem – including self-evaluations of academic skills, athletic skills, feelings of self-worth, and sociability – is a fruitful approach to expanding our categorical understanding of children at risk.

Bidragsytere

Randi Wærdahl

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved NORCE Samfunn ved NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS

Ann Christin Eklund Nilsen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved NORCE Samfunn ved NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS

Christine Svarstad

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved NORCE Samfunn ved NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS

Nina Jentoft

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved NORCE Samfunn ved NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS
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