Hanne Haavind
University of Oslo, Department of Psychology, Norway

E-mail:hanne.haavind@psykologi.uio.no

 

SEARCHING FOR THE DIALOGICAL SELVES OF YOUNG BOYS WITH DEFIANT BEHAVIOR

 

During a field based study of children aged 12-14 in a school in Oslo, we got to know a social circle of boys that picked defiant and reckless behavior as their way of growing out of childhood. In this presentation I will contrast the psychopathology approach of diagnosing conduct disorders in individuals with the approach of exploring the dialogical character of selves. Based on subsequent interviews during this two-year period I will explore the boys' efforts to understand and influence what they are up against and what they are able to accomplish on their own and together. The analysis focuses on how they are positioning themselves in the social landscape of other kids, and how they connect and reconnect to each other (Haavind, in press).

 

Haavind, H. (in press). Contesting and recognizing historical changes and selves in development. In: T. Weisner (Ed.), Discovering successful pathways in children's development: New methods in the study of childhood and family life.