Youth in Conflict

Youth in Conflict

Youth in Conflict

Youth in Conflict

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This book presents the case of youth in conflict with authority. Its point of view is that of the social worker. The social worker is not concerned primarily with reform, or with betterment of human beings. That is a confused and belittling definition of social work which has done much to bring about smugness in social workers and suspicion in the public generally. The human race could not bear the burden of an entire group, who unauthorized by divine sanction, conceived it their sole task to mold human lives into models designed by reformers. Social work is the task of those who aid mankind in the art of living together. Social work is neither a science seeking merely to know, nor a business seeking to profit. Social work is an art, a flowing and dynamic art. It uses tools of science and business to bring about adjustments which are necessary between the individual and his human world for successful living together. Its method of work is development of personality. Its goal is the fostering of adequate social relationships. This book presents certain situations of conflict between young people and established social standards.

Its aim is neither to present scientific data, nor another collection of juvenile Court stories. The . . .

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