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Helena Maria Johansson

Senior lecturer

Helena Maria Johansson
Senior lecturer , Deputy Head
Male role models, gender, family
+46 31 786 5721

Room number: D311
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 23 , 41123 Göteborg
Duties: Research

Department of Social Work (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 1888
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 25 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Helena Maria Johansson



I got my Bachelor degree in social work in 1987, a Masters degree 1998. During my period of practical social work I have mainly been working with youth outreach work but also with drug addicts as well as children and family issues. I also have worked a couple of years in Mozambique where I trained and tutored future social workers at the Instituto de Sciencias de Saude in Nampula. In 2006 I defended my thesis ”Lack of male role models - Deconstruction of a concept and its practice." Since than I have led and tought several courses and supervised thesises at both Bachelor, Masters and PhD level at the department of Social Work at University of Gothenburg. I was appointed part time director of studies in 2012.

Research interest

My areas of interest can be summarized in a few keywords: youth, gender, family and social service responses.

Current projects

  • Vårdnadsöverflyttningar för barn och unga i familjehem: Headed by prof Ingrid Höjer and funded by Allmänna Barnhuset 2014-15.
  • Skolprestationer och utbildningssituation för barn och ungdomar placerade i familjehem eller på institution: Headed by Ingrid Höjer. Funded by Forte and running 2013-2015/16.

Completed projects

  • Society as Teenage parent – on the contact person within the Social Services
    Financed by FAS the project ran from January 2010 to June 2014 and aimed at generating knowledge on the design and character of the contact person work and to discuss how this can be understood in relation to a societal function as a teenage parent. The project was headed by Mona Franséhn.
  • Young people from a Public Care Background: pathways to education in Europe (YIPPEE)
    Financed by the EU Seventh Framework Programme. Five participating countries: UK, Denmark, Hungary, Spain and Sweden. Coordinator Thomas Coram Research Unit, London. The study runs from January 2008 to September 2010. The overall aim of the project is to investigate educational pathways among young men and women from a public care background in education after the end of compulsory schooling; and to examine how more young people from this background can be retained in further and higher education.
  • Promotive Youth work
    An evaluation of open youth arenas and youth work methods, on behalf of the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs carried out by The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (FOU-Väst/GR).
  • Male role models: On the Social Services Work with Lone Mothers and their Sons
    A project funded by FAS and led by Margareta Bäck-Wiklund 2001-2005. The research group also included Mona Franséhn, Thomas Johansson and myself. The aim was to explore the concept of male role models within he social services and in relation to the work done to compensate for the lack of a father figure in the young persons family.

Latest publications

The Role of Agency in Finding Pathways From Care to Work of Former Care Leavers: A Cross-National Study#11;
Helena Johansson, Ingrid Höjer, Yvonne Sjöblom
15 th EUSARF Conference, Porto, 2-5 October, EUSARF conference in Porto 2018 , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Facilitating factors for educational success - views from young people and carers
Ingrid Höjer, Helena Johansson
EUSARF 2016 Conference, Oviedo, Spain, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

New placement, new school. Change of schools for children in out-of-home care
Ingrid Höjer, Helena Johansson, Helena Lindberg
EUSARF 2016 Conference, Oviedo, Spain, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Sweden: A long and winding road
Helena Johansson, Ingrid Höjer
Improving access to further and higher education for young people in public care, Jessica Kingsley Publishers , Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

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En lång och slingrig väg. Situationen för ungdomar som varit placerade i samhällets dygnsvård
Helena Johansson, Ingrid Höjer
Den långa vägen till arbetsmarknaden. Om unga utanför. Jonas Olofsson (Red.), Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book



De unga oregerliga männen
Helena Johansson, Ing-Marie Johansson
Att fostra familjen : en grundbok om styrning, föräldrarskap och socialtjänst / Helena Johansson, Margareta Bäck-Wiklund (red.), Malmö, Lber, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

Swedish contact persons for youths at risk – reasons and patterns in social documentation
Helena Johansson, Mona Franséhn
European Conference on Social Work Research, Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

Governing the family
Helena Johansson, Margareta Bäck-Wiklund
European Conference on Social Work Research, Poster 2012


Supporting education for young people placed in care - experiences from Sweden
Ingrid Höjer, Helena Johansson
Learning event: Improving educational outcomes for children in care. P.A.R.T. - Practice and research together. University of Ottawa, Conference paper 2011
Conference paper

När samhället blir förälder – placerade barns och ungas utbildning
Ingrid Höjer, Helena Johansson, Åsa Berndtsson, Bo Nielsen
Utvärdering genom uppföljning. Longitudinell individforskning under ett halvsekel, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2011
Chapter in book

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