1 The Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University2 Childhood, Youth and Family Life Research, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Ethnic Minority Youth with Intimate Partnership Formation Problems in Denmark
The article is based on a research project drawing upon survey data (N=628) and qualitative interviews (N=60) of youth and their parents belonging to the five largest ethnic minority groups in Denmark i.e. Turkey, former Yugoslavia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Somalia, along with the experiences of psychosocial services for minority youth. The theoretical framework is social psychological, which combines theories of modernization, family relations and effects of discrimination. The article examines youths' interaction with the parents in relation to their intimate partnership formation and dynamics related to religious endogamy. Main findings indicate that parents are either supportive or against the youth, contrary to the dominant discourses underlining intergenerational conflicts related to intimate partnership formation. The continued practice of religious endogamy is another finding. The article criticises the reductionistic dichotomy - either own or parental choice - and appeals for broader concepts, which focus both on own choice and parental acceptance. The article also throws light on some strategic services dealing with ethnic minority youths' intimate partnership formation problems U.K. as well as Nordic countries. Finally a model for psychosocial intervention is presented which directs attention to the issues of ageism, sexism as well as racism at personal, interpersonal and structural levels.
International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 2007, Vol 3, Issue 1, p. 27-43