Strengthening Social Capital among Children from Low-income Minority Families: The Role of Social Service Professionals
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There has been a growing concern on child poverty rates in Norway, especially among minority children. Policies surrounding child poverty in Norway are often focused on the social participation and inclusion of children, which illustrates the importance of social capital for poverty alleviation. The overall purpose of this research is to examine the role of social service professionals in strengthening social capital among children from low-income minority families, as well as explore the challenges in doing so. Using an interpretivist research paradigm, this study aims to examine the way social service professionals understand social capital and the specific strategies they utilise to strengthen social capital. The study also describes the obstacles social service professionals face. Five semi-structured interviews were completed with social service professionals working with children from low-income minority families. Using thematic analysis, this study reveals four main themes: social service professionals’ awareness of social capital, barriers to strengthening social capital, strategies for strengthening social capital, and collaborators in action. These themes were analysed using social capital theory, ecological systems theory and relevant literature. The findings from the study suggest that social service professionals have a broad understanding of social capital and its importance in providing better opportunities for immigrant children. They also face considerable challenges in strengthening social capital and are able to employ a variety of strategies to mitigate the challenges. Additionally, this study highlights the importance of collaborative work across the various systemic levels, in order to collectively work towards strengthening social capital among children from low-income minority families.
Master's thesis in Social work