"אני שונה ממך. אבל בהרבה מאוד דברים אנחנו דומות": נקודת המבט של צעירות על הצורך בחשיפה עצמית של עובדות סוציאליות בטיפול עם נערות וצעירות

Translated title of the contribution: “You and I Differ, but We Are Alike in Many Ways": Young Women’s Perspective on Social Worker Self-Disclosure in Their Therapy

נור שמעי, בתאל סולימאן

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Abstract

Background: Therapist self-disclosure (TSD) is a practice whereby therapists provide clients with personal information about their experiences. TSD is a common practice in therapy with children,adolescents and adults. However, the literature on the subject among adolescents and young people, particularly in situations of distress, is scarce.Aims: To examine the issue of social workers’ self- disclosure during therapy from the perspective of young women clients (18-29 years old). Methods: The study was a collaboration of a researcher who is a professional social worker, with a young woman with expertise drawn from her life experience, who acts as a mentor to girls at risk. Interviews were conducted using participatory action methodology with 25 young women who had coped with distress situations as teenagers and received various forms of assistance from social workers. The interviews were evaluated using thematic analysis, and the findings were then discussed with the study participants.Main findings: The young women described their perspective on TSD through three categories:1)Overcoming the sense of otherness: “You are in the highest place and I am in the lowest place”;2) Reciprocity: 'In therapy there are two people mutually involved, not God dealing with a human being; 3) Social workers self-disclosure meeting a need for minimal sharing.Discussion and Conclusions: TSD can create a reciprocal relationship between social workers and girls in distress situations by overcoming feelings of otherness and social exclusion. Professional training is necessary, however, for social workers to beneficially practice self-disclosure in therapy with such clients.
Translated title of the contribution“You and I Differ, but We Are Alike in Many Ways": Young Women’s Perspective on Social Worker Self-Disclosure in Their Therapy
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)94-117
Journalחברה ורווחה: רבעון לעבודה סוציאלית
Volumeמ"ב
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Action research
  • Feminism
  • Social service
  • Female juvenile delinquents
  • Problem youth
  • Therapist and patient
  • Self-disclosure
  • Attitude (Psychology)
  • Young adults
  • Social workers

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