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Child studies



Founded in 1988, Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit at the Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University in Sweden. The main focus of research is on children and childhood. The faculty, as well as all doctoral students have been recruited on a nationwide basis from history, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, social work, and related fields. New doctoral students are accepted about every other or every third year. Until now, we have published between 40-50 doctoral dissertations (cf, list of Dissertation Abstracts), plus published many books, book chapters, and articles.


Reports from current research

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Children's Rights: origins, normativity, transformation and prospects

Vadstena June 6-9 2016

This conference brings together scholars from various disciplines to critically engage with the current focus on implementation of children’s rights by addressing the historical origins, the normative foundations, transformations and prospects of children’s rights



Adadoptionoptive parents are model parents

A good parent should be self-sacrificing, happy and have a lot of time for their children. These are the findings of a study based on how adoptive parents are described in investigation reports prior to international adoption.

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Last updated: 2016-05-18