Theory and Practice of Social Case Work

Theory and Practice of Social Case Work

Theory and Practice of Social Case Work

Theory and Practice of Social Case Work

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The changes in social case work during the last twenty years, within which span the use of mental hygiene principles, the expansion of the public welfare services, newer applications from the various sciences to the problems of human needs, developments from the field of labor relations, have all surged forward together, make the presentation of a new book timely. This book does not pretend to offer a wholly new interpretation of social case work, but does attempt to analyze and reconcile some of the more significant elements of theory and practice today. Social case work has gone through a period of consolidation and synthesis with findings which bear on its generic aspects. It is currently being refocused in terms of a functional division of labor, responsive to technological, governmental, and cultural changes. In ChaptersI-X consideration is given chiefly to the generic aspects, and in Chapters XI-XIV to the functional adaptions of social case work.

Of the two ways of using case material -- to describe the case and elicit its theoretical conclusions, or to state the theory and document it with case material -- the latter device, in the main, has been chosen. While in one sense the theory of social process is always in conflict with the theory of social causation and social change, this book attempts to show both flow and cross section. Continuity of thought and feeling exist even when not apparent, and discontinuous pieces of case material can thus indicate the purpose of the whole. One factor in the selection of case material, other than its typical character, has been sufficiently full recording so that the student may see the "anatomy" of the cases discussed. Although material has been drawn from a number of sources, from clinics, court and hospital as well as social work agencies per se, most of the illustrations have been . . .

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