Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 20 00


The healing power of narration: E-help, self-help and children to parents with substance misuse problems
Degla Salim's dissertation project is a study on how children of parents that misuse alcohol- and/or drugs are categorized in Sweden. These children are often portrayed as carriers of certain common experiences and life conditions within different treatments and support activities. Further, within the Swedish public discourse these children are often described in terms such as forgotten or potential “dandelion children (maskrosbarn)” thus risking exclusion from society, at risk of being forgotten or even losing their childhood. But what does the concept of childhood mean in this context? How does this loss of childhood occur? How does one try to help these potential “dandelion children” and in what ways do the children in question deal with this help or intervention? Narrating the experiences of an upbringing with parents that misuse alcohol- and/or drugs appears to have become a reoccurring element in various sorts of support activities directed towards these children. Within the framework of the project, Salim investigates what this narration more specifically entails and how it contributes in shaping perceptions on childhood as well as parenthood amongst both professional adults and the children involved in these support activities. Furthermore, Salim's work connects to a broader theoretical discussion of risk, and the formation of social personhood. The research method in this project will mainly be based on participant observation within three different support activities that offer differing types of help for these so called “forgotten” children.



  • Salim, Degla. “Mediating Islamic Looks”, in Tarlo, Emma and Moors, Annelies, eds. Islamic Fashion and Anti-Fashion: New Perspectives from Europe and North America. London: Bloomsbury.


Teaching assistant