Karin Zetterqvist Nelson har belönats av Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) för bästa artikel på Skandinaviska språk. Artikeln publicerades i Scandia 2012:2 och bär titeln "Från samhällets barn till egna individer. Barnpsykiatrisk behandlingsideologi 1945–1985" (klicka på länken för att läsa artikeln).
Juryns motivering lyder som följer:
"Karin Zetterqvist Nelson`s theme concerns change and continuity in Swedish child psychiatry 1945-1985. As her starting point, she thus takes the decades of the classical social welfare state in Sweden, while she concludes her investigation in a time characterized by an expanding discourse of individualism. Her focus is on treatment policies and ideas within child psychiatry. The main source material consists of state reports, including expert opinions and discussions. In my view, it is an extremely important topic. The article is well structured and based on solid empirical research concerning the argumentation and ideology in state proposals as well as the use of diagnosis terminology. The author reveals the implicit view of children, which can be explored in the official sources. She also discusses the ideas of various influential groups involved ( representatives of the government, for example, or child therapy, child psychiatry, psycho analysis, social services, etc). In her final interpretation, Zetterqvist Nelson argues that there was a certain continuity during the whole period, in the sense that psychoanalytic and psychodynamic ideas were visible in child psychiatric treatment all the time – although in different manners and with different emphasis. On the other hand there were fundamental changes too. In the 40s and 50s, children were regarded primarily as emotional human beings, whose relationship with parents and other adults was crucial for a harmonious growth. In this period and the next, children were considered to be ”children of society”. If they posed problems, they should not be punished but taken care of, among other things in family therapy. The well-being of children was vital in a democratic society, the politicians argued. In the 60s, child psychiatric services expanded and psychodynamic theories began to gain authority. In the 70s, these theories became hegemonic. This development, the author argues, later on initiated a view where the children no longer were interpreted as signs of the health of society. Rather, they were seen as individuals whose inner mental world depended on early childhood experiences."