|dc.description.abstract||In just one generation, Norway has witnessed a five-fold increase in its immigrant population.
Along with the increase in the immigrant population, the number of immigrant children who
receive child welfare measures has increased disproportionately.
Social work in a multicultural society demands different skills from practitioners than work
within a more homogeneous society. In order to understand their ethnic minority clients,
workers must be aware of the difficulties these clients face on a daily basis.
This research aims to hear and represent the experiences and perspectives of immigrant
mothers from a strengths-based perspective, and thereby provide a stronger evidence base for
social work practice.
A qualitative phenomenological design was chosen for the study. Data from two focus
group interviews and two in-depth individual interviews has been used. Theoretically, the
research was framed by concepts of parenting, acculturation, cultural translation and
Findings revealed that informants faced challenges related to them both as individuals
as well as in their role as mothers during their integration process. They dealt with these
challenges by using both their individual resources and resources in their environment. The
differences between the collectivistic oriented home society and the individual oriented
Norwegian society, the loss of their social network, the authoritarian ways of child raising
versus a democratic family structure, and children acculturating faster than parents were all
salient themes next to language barriers and challenges related to the bureaucratic system. At
times, the differences between cultures led to the emergence of new traditions or ways of
raising children, which demonstrates that neither culture nor child raising is static, but is
instead influenced by the social environment.||eng