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  • 1.
    Gunnarsson, David
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.
    Larsson, Sofia
    Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.
    Legal Conditions for Refugees’ Mental Health: Implications of Legislative Changes in Programs for Newly Arrived Refugees in Sweden2023In: Challenges, ISSN 2078-1547, E-ISSN 2078-1547, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As the number of refugees in the world is increasing and it is known that social inequality negatively impacts mental health, it is important to study integration policies, such as labour market measures. In this article, the strategic interventions of the Swedish Public Employment Service are analysed to determine how the agency’s management handled and implemented the legal changes in the new support document for its case workers. The focus is on the effects of the changes in the legal text that transferred the responsibility for establishment initiatives for newly arrived migrants to the agency and, as a result, changed the conditions for newly arrived refugees’ mental health in the new establishment programme. Eight people representing different management functions at the agency were interviewed. The results show that the intention in the new programme to view newly arrived refugees in the same way as all other unemployed people, rather than as a special category, has meant that less attention is paid to the refugees’ mental health, and the opportunities for the agency’s street-level bureaucrats to help clients have decreased. In the face of predicted growing numbers of people having to abandon their homes due to conflicts and climate changes, governmental strategies such as these needs to be revisited in order for societies worldwide to be better prepared for that challenge.

  • 2. Kuusisto, Arniika
    et al.
    Straarup, Jørgen
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Schihalejev, Olga
    Kallionemi, Arto
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Theoretical and methodological perspectives to studying religious and cultural diversity in Finnish, Swedish and Estonian comprehensive schools2018In: New international studies on religions and dialouge in education / [ed] Martin Ubani, Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2018, p. 31-45Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents some of the theoretical and methodological considerations in studying religious and cultural diversity in Finnish, Swedish and Estonian comprehensive schools. The perspective arises from our experiences of carrying out an international comparative research project looking at pupils´perspectives to diversity in the educational settings and their wider everyday environments.  The data were gathered in diverse comprehensive school contexts across Sweden, Estonia and Finland. The article illustrates several important issues that are often lacking in the studies in this area and need to be accounted for when examining cultural and religious diversity in the schools and the everyday lives of children and youth.

  • 3.
    Larsson, Sofia L
    et al.
    Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, David
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College, Sweden.
    Social Participation and Mental Health in the Establishment Programme for Newly Arrived Refugees in Sweden—A Document Analysis2022In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 8, article id 4518Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers constitute a vulnerable population in terms of health and social conditions due to lived trauma and experiences of loss, as well as factors in the host country such as not speaking the language, not having employment and social exclusion. Studies have shown that many newly arrived refugees find it difficult to establish a sustainable position in the host country’s labour market due to a lack of connections, low levels of education and politi-cal, social and cultural barriers. The Swedish Public Employment Service runs an establishment programme aimed at helping newly arrived refugees to find employment quickly and manage their own livelihoods. In this study, we analyse the administrator support document used by Swedish Public Employment Service case workers in their work with the programme to explore whether and how it considers the participants’ mental health and conditions for social participation. The results show that despite newly arrived refugees being especially vulnerable in terms of mental health, little attention is paid to these aspects, the possible effects they may have on the programme, the participants’ integration into the labour market and Swedish society as a whole.

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  • 4.
    Schihalejev, Olga
    et al.
    University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
    Kuusisto, Arniika
    Stockholm University.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Kallioniemi, Arto
    University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
    Religion and children’s perceptions of bullying in multicultural schools in Estonia, Finland and Sweden2020In: Journal of Beliefs and Values, ISSN 1361-7672, E-ISSN 1469-9362, Vol. 41, no 3, p. 371-384Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper explores children and youths? perceptions of the reasons for bullying in multicultural schools. How do their different backgrounds explain the variations in those perceptions? The questions will be answered based on data gathered from 9 to 10, 12 to 13 and 15 to 16-year-old students (N = 2781) in Estonia, Finland and Sweden. A survey and in-depth interviews were used in the study. About half of the students have been frequently or occasionally bullied. According to the data, the reasons for bullying were frequently attributed to visible external features, such as physical appearance or clothing, but also to the bullied students? choice of friends and language use. The most vulnerable students are those with a migration background, those who speak a different language at home that is not the language of the national majority, or who have been raised in more religiously observant families.

  • 5.
    Sorgenfrei, Simon
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute for studies in multireligiosity and secularity (IMS).
    Thurfjell, David
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute for studies in multireligiosity and secularity (IMS).
    Bergdahl, Lovisa
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Education.
    Bergkvist, Martin
    Södertörn University, School of Police Studies.
    Berglund, Jenny
    Stockholms universitet.
    Borevi, Karin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Ekdahl, Yassin
    Gunnarsson, David
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
    Hagevi, Magnus
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Kuusisto, Arniika
    Stockholms universitet.
    Larsson, Göran
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Middlemiss Lé Mon, Martha
    Uppsala universitet.
    Mondaca, Margarita
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Nilsson, Staffan
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Nordin, Magdalena
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Rasoal, Chato
    Södertörn University, School of Police Studies.
    Rostami, Amir
    Stockholms universitet.
    Sarwar, Farhan
    Södertörn University, School of Police Studies.
    Ståhle, Göran
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Talén, Peder
    Högskolan i Gävle.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Weinryb, Noomi
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Public Administration.
    Wieslander, Malin
    Linköpings universitet.
    Yourstone, Jenny
    Center mot våldsbejakande extremism.
    Zackariasson, Maria
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
    Zillen, Kavot
    Stockholms universitet.
    Åström, Karin
    Umeå universitet.
    Mångreligiositet och sekularitet i svenskt polisväsende, vård, skola och offentlig förvaltning: en forskningsöversikt2021Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under de senaste decennierna har Sverige genomgått stora demografiska och politiska förändringar. Tillsammans har dessa inneburit att Sverige idag samtidigt är ett av Europas mest sekulariserade och mest mångreligiösa länder. Den snabba demografiska förändring Sverige har genomgått har ställt många inför nya, stora och i vissa fall skyndsamma kunskapsbehov samtidigt är forskningen om situationen delvis eftersatt. I denna rapport identifieras hur den nya situationen relaterar till det lagstadgade uppdrag som svenskt polisväsende, vård, skola och offentlig förvaltning har. Den forskning som gjorts inom dessa områden sammanfattas och de viktigaste forskningsbehoven identifieras.

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  • 6.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    A lot is at stake: On the possibilities for religion related dialouge among students in an upper secondary school south of Stockholm2017In: / [ed] Daniel Lindmark, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [zh]

    This presentation reports the experiences of religion-related dialog among 24 Swedish students and their teacher in religion education. All students had immigrant backgrounds from the Middle East and all of them had strong religious convictions. By using qualitative analysis to reveal their experiences with dialog in school, the concept of “safe space” is critically discussed. The students’ educational environment was not a “safe space” when it came to religion-related dialog, in part because historical and political conflicts in the Middle East have an impact on students’ willingness to open up. The case study provides an example of the effects of the wider political and societal context on the micro-structure of classroom-interaction.

  • 7.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Högskolan i Gävle.
    A lot is at stake. On the possibilities for religion-related dialog in a school, in Sweden2019In: Religion & Education, ISSN 1550-7394, E-ISSN 1949-8381, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 81-100Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article reports the experiences of religion-related dialog among 24 Swedish students and their teacher in religion education. All students had immigrant backgrounds from the Middle East and all of them had strong religious convictions. By using qualitative analysis to reveal their experiences with dialog in school, the concept of “safe space” is critically discussed. The students’ educational environment was not a “safe space” when it came to religion-related dialog, in part because historical and political conflicts in the Middle East have an impact on students’ willingness to open up. The case study provides an example of the effects of the wider political and societal context on the micro-structure of classroom-interaction.

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  • 8.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    Bokomtaler: Utvecklingshemning og tros - og livssynsutøvelse.: Rettigheter och tillretteleggning2012In: Teologisk Tidsskrift, ISSN 1893-0263, E-ISSN 1893-0271, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 220-222Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Conditions for identity development among religious immigrant youth2019In: IAPR 2019: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: New Trends and Neglected Themes, Gdansk: University of Gdansk Press, 2019, p. 67-67Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This is an ongoing project which aims to shed light on the conditions for identity development. The paper adopts theoretical concepts of dialogical self-theory to conceptualize these conditions. Focusing on the social conditions for developing an (integrated) identity, it is asked how identities are positioned through the expectations of the social environments. This process is, according to dialogical self-theory, labelled as I-positioning. Vital for the identity development are individuals and groups with high impacts and status, called promotors. 

    The purpose of the project is to investigate the conditions for identity development among religious youth with immigrant background in Sweden. The following research question is asked: What conflicts must religious immigrants with immigrant background deal with in their society of mind? The analysis is based on 24 qualitative interviews with Swedish students, living in the Stockholm area. All students have immigrant background and strong religious identities. The analysis reveals several conflicts in their society of mind. For example, having a strong religious identity and an identity of being a Swede is experienced as a paradox.

     

  • 10.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Det kommer inte på tal: En studie om religiös och kulturell mångfald i grundskolan2018Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den religiösa pluralismen har ökat markant i Sverige de senaste decennierna och mycket talar för att den kommer att fortsätta att öka. Skolan är en plats där barn och unga kommer samman oavsett religiös och kulturell tillhörighet.

    I Det kommer inte på tal intervjuas ett 50-tal grundskoleelever om deras upplevelser och erfarenheter av religiös mångfald i skolan med syftet att förstå vilka processer som påverkar deras uppfattningar. Vilka omständigheter har betydelse för deras upplevelser? Vilken roll spelar föräldrar, skola och vänner? Och har barnets ålder betydelse för hens erfarenheter av religiös och kulturell pluralism? För att få en fördjupad förståelse för elevernas berättelse intervjuas också några lärare och rektorer.

    Boken riktar sig till blivande lärare, skolpersonal i tjänst och andra som är intresserade av religiös och kulturell pluralism i skolan.

  • 11.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    Experience of inclusion in the Church of Sweden among people with intellectual disabilities2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Röda Korsets Högskola, Sverige.
    Hänsynstagande till socialt deltagande och psykisk hälsa i lagar och policydokument rörande nyanländas etablering2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Psykisk ohälsa till följd av flyktingtrauma kan påverka personers sömn och kognitiva funktion, vilket gör det svårare att lära sig ett nytt språk, avsluta en utbildning eller behålla ett arbete. Det har visat sig att socialt deltagande är viktigt för att öka välbefinnandet och minska psykisk ohälsa. Stödjande sociala nätverk som kommer genom till exempel arbete och sociala gemenskaper bidrar till nyanländas välbefinnande och minskade PTSD-symtom. Arbetsförmedlingen, Migrationsverket, Försäkringskassan, kommunerna och regionerna har ett gemensamt ansvar för nyanländas etablering, liksom sociala gemenskaper, som exempelvis trossamfund, fyller en viktig funktion. Dessa aktörer har lagar, policydokument och styrdokument som reglerar deras arbete. Föreliggande projekt undersöker hur regler och dokument hos Arbetsförmedlingen, samt några trossamfund, tar hänsyn till nyanländas förutsättningar för socialt deltagande.

    Studien genomförs under två år, i fyra olika etapper, och bygger bland annat på kvalitativa intervjuer med personer anställa inom Arbetsförmedlingen och medarbetare inom muslimska församlingar och församlingar inom Svenska kyrkan. 

  • 13.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    I think it was great to be there!... she recognized me!: To be seen an recognized for the sense of being valuable.2016In: Knowing, being known, and the Mystery of God: Essays in honor of professor Hans Reinders; teacher, friend, and disciple. / [ed] B. Gaventa, E de Jongh, Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2016, 1, p. 183-192Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    I väntan på nådens år2020In: Kvinnligt religiöst ledarskap: En vänbok till Gunilla Gunner / [ed] Simon Sorgenfrei & David Thurfjell, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020, p. 229-239Chapter in book (Other academic)
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  • 15.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    ”Jag tyckte att det här var jätteroligt”2015In: Religionspedagogisk tidskrift, ISSN 2000-4486, no 29, p. 12-13Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 16.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    Jag vill också vara en ängel: Om upplevelser av delaktighet i Svenska kyrkan hos personer med utvecklingsstörning2014Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Medborgarskap, rättighet och demokrati: Om delaktighet i kyrkans kulturarv för personer med utvecklingsstörning2017In: Mellan himmel och jord: Svenska kyrkans kulturarv / [ed] Göran Gunner; Maria Södling, Stockholm: Verbum , 2017, 1, p. 133-148Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    "Min bäste vän är Jesus": Om barns möjligheter att uttrycka en kristen identitet i grundskolan2024In: Allt har sin tid: Folkkyrka under omvandling. Rapport 3 från SSKT:s projekt "Folkkyrka i minoritet" / [ed] Sven Thidevall, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2024, 1, p. 67-85Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    What is it Like to be a Christian as a Student in Elementary School?

    Is it more difficult for elementary school children to express a Christian identity today than it was in the 70s and 80s, now that the Church of Sweden, as the majority church, has become more marginalised? Or has it become easier, as more religions have become visible in the school environment? The present chapter is based on the study ‘It is never talked about’: A study of religious and cultural diversity in elementary school, in which the author interviewed pupils, teachers, and principals about the place of religion in elementary school. The analysis shows both circumstances that might make it harder – and circumstances that might make it easier. One aggravating circumstance is the risk that non-confessional religious education alienates religious students from their own religious traditions. If the school pays attention to Christian holidays, but without their confessional content, then this risks doing the same. 

    Based on the theory of embarrassment, it may be seen as a simplifying circumstance that the church is more marginalised now than in the 70s and 80s. Breaking a norm may bring feelings of embarrassment. Also, being a Christian, in the sense of believing in the teachings of the traditional church, can be experienced as normbreaking – but not to the extent that the person is excluded from the group of post-Christian secular Swedes, i.e., those who identify with the old culturebearing Christianity though not with its teachings. More radical religious deviations, however, are perceived as less relatable, if relatable at all, because the difference is already great from the start. When the majority church becomes increasingly marginalised, fewer and fewer will identify with the old culturebearing Christianity, and so identifying as a Christian in the future might imply that you are placed in “a completely different compartment”. Thus, the deviation becomes greater, and the embarrassment disappears. 

  • 19.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    Participating?: About persons with intellectual disability in the Church of Sweden2009In: International Association for the Psychology of Religion: Congress 2009 / [ed] Herman Westerink, Susanne Heine, 2009, p. 1-1Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    Participation and normalcy in the Church of Sweden: Experiences of people with intellectual disabilities2012In: / [ed] John Swinton, 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    Participation and people with intellectual disabilities in the Church of Sweden2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Religionskunskapsklassrummet - ett "safe space"?2019In: Religion & livsfrågor, ISSN 0347-2159, no 3, p. 12-13Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 23.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Religionsundervisning i dialogiskt perspektiv2023In: Religioner, livsåskådningar och etik: För lärare 4-9 och gymnasiet / [ed] Olof Franck; Kerstin von Brömssen; Christina Osbeck, Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2023, 2, p. 297-304Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    Social participation among people with intellectual disabilities in the Church of Sweden2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. Red Cross University, Sweden.
    The Church of Sweden’s conditions for working among refugees and newly arrived2022In: European Association for the Study of Religions conference, 2022Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    This is What most People Do: Participation and Normalcy in the Church of Sweden2012In: Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, ISSN 1522-8967, E-ISSN 1522-9122, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 248-261Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Christian Church, which — due to its message of God's grace towards all mankind — should be expected to lead the way in matters of humanity, seems to be stuck in a notion of normalcy; the kind of participation known by the church usually aims at a practice involving activities that require capacities not present among persons with severe disabilities. This study is about persons with intellectual disability and their experiences of participation in the Church of Sweden. The first section discusses the concept of participation. The second section is about participation and normalcy in the Church of Sweden and includes the stories of Eric, Unni, and David who all have an intellectual disability and want to belong to the People of the Faith.

  • 27.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Till Minne av Jean Vanier2019In: Intra, ISSN 1102-4143, no 3, p. 16-18Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 28.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    Umeå universitet.
    To belong: Experiences of social participation for people with intellectual disabilities in the Church of Sweden2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    et al.
    Röda Korsets Högskola.
    Gunnarsson, David
    Röda Korsets Högskola.
    Larsen, Joacim
    Röda Korsets Högskola.
    Ståhle, Göran
    Röda Korsets Högskola.
    Saboonchi, Fredrik
    Röda Korsets Högskola.
    Mångfald och hälsa: En kartläggning av vilka kunskapsbehov som finns hos några samhällsaktörer i Södertörnregionen gällande mångfald och hälsa, med fokus på nyanländas etablering.2018Report (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions. The Swedish Red Cross University, Sweden.
    Gunnarsson, David
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. The Swedish Red Cross University, Sweden.
    Larsson, Sofia
    The Swedish Red Cross University, Sweden.
    This is what it is like to be church: The Church of Sweden’s conditions for work with newly arrived refugees2024In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, ISSN 1488-3473, E-ISSN 1874-6365, Vol. 25, p. 191-207Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Many newly arrived refugees suffer from mental health problems due to trauma. Research has shown that social participation after migration, such as taking part in social activities, networks and community work, is important for mental health and well-being. In Sweden, many civil society organisations, such as the Church of Sweden, take great responsibility for the establishment and integration of new arrivals. At the same time, the role of civil society organisations in the welfare society is not obvious, and the place of religious communities is sometimes challenged. Due to today’s growing secular and globalised society, the role of the Church of Sweden has changed. Its power has decreased, and the indications are that this will continue. There are also circumstances that point to the church having to adapt to the norms of secular society to have an impact. As the Church of Sweden fulfils an important function as a provider of welfare services, not least in work with newly arrived refugees, this article studies how the employees of the Church of Sweden feel about their conditions for this work and what guides it. It is based on a qualitative study of 19 interviews with employees in 4 different parishes.

  • 31.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Kuusisto, Arniika
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Kallioniemi, Arto
    University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Young people's experiences of religious socialisation in Sweden and Finland2023In: International Journal of Children's Spirituality, ISSN 1364-436X, E-ISSN 1469-8455Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The religious landscape in the Nordic countries has changed in recent decades. This article looks at what this means from the perspective of the religious socialisation experiences of Finnish and Swedish youth. Research has shown that the views and values of parents, family, friends, the youth culture and those that are prevalent in school and society as a whole are important for young people's self-development. The intergenerational socialisation of religious traditions and values has diminished as societies have become more secularised. As this topic is scarcely researched, new studies are needed also on young people's perspectives. This article aims to fill the research gap by investigating the kind of impact that parents, school and friends have on young people's religious socialisation.

  • 32.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Liljestrand, Johan
    Högskolan i Gävle, Sverige.
    Conditions for identity development among religious immigrant youth2021In: Journal of Beliefs and Values, ISSN 1361-7672, E-ISSN 1469-9362, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 315-332Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Young people with immigrant backgrounds are especially exposed in their identity formation. They may face particular difficulties if they also identify themselves as religious, such as being positioned as odd and different in negative ways by their peers. Focusing on the social conditions for developing an integrated identity, and through the theoretic lens of dialogical self-theory, this article asks how young religious immigrants are positioned by the expectations of their social environments. The article is based on qualitative interviews with 23 religious youths with immigrant backgrounds living south of Stockholm. The result highlights three discernible conflicts in the youths’ identity formation: being religious and Swedish, being religious and young and being religious and a feminist. Despite these conflicts, they all want to stay religious as adults, even though their stories reveal hesitation and insecurity about the future.

  • 33.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Skeie, G.
    University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway.
    Possibilities and limitations of religion-related dialog in schools: Conclusion and discussion of findings from the ReDi project2019In: Religion & Education, ISSN 1550-7394, E-ISSN 1949-8381, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 115-129Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article links together the findings of the case studies reported in this special issue and reflects upon the possibilities and limitations of religion-related dialog in school education at a more systematic level. It also discusses the findings of the case studies in relation to other research and suggests some ideas for further investigation.

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  • 34.
    Vikdahl, Linda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Ståhle, Göran
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Gunnarsson, David
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
    Saboonchi, Fredrik
    Röda korsets högskola; KI.
    Diversity and health strategies for newly resettled refugees2020In: International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, ISSN 1747-9894, E-ISSN 2042-8650, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 241-252Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – In general, newly resettled refugees have poorer physical and mental health than native-born Swedes. This indicates that the society must make special efforts to enable refugees to attain health that is on a par with the rest of the population. The challenges rest primarily with employees in the public sector. But what resources do professionals need to meet the refugees’ health needs? This paper is about the need to develop strategies for professionals working with diversity and health, with a focus on the establishment of newly resettled refugees in Sweden. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to identify the needs and obstacles in working with diversity and health for the newly resettled.

    Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on focus group interviews with 40 professionals working in three large municipalities and one County Administrative Board, all of whom work with challenges related to migration and health on a daily basis.

    Findings – The needs expressed by the interviewees are primarily about developing and improving communications. Three important areas of communication were expressed: how information can be transferred from sender to receiver, institutionalization and interactions at different levels.

    Originality/value – This paper identifies important needs and obstacles when working with diversity and health in Sweden, with a focus on the establishment of newly resettled refugees. It is an important contribution because refugees in general have poorer physical and mental health than native-born Swedes and strategies to improve their health, therefore, need to be further developed

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