Social worker's perceptions of the balance between the psychological and the social

Eli Buchbinder, Zvi Eisikovits, Orit Karnieli-Miller

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Abstract

Traditional conceptualizations view social work as intervening at the intersection between the person and the environment. This article uses data from 35 in-depth interviews to describe and analyze social worker perceptions of the psycho-social concept and to evaluate how these perceptions affect workers' practice orientations. Three types of social workers are identified: those who focus on the psychological aspect and neglect the social, those who see the psychological aspect as primary, and those who view the social as primary. The discussion addresses the epistemological roots of this ambiguity in the psycho-social concept and suggests ways of overcoming it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-552
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Service Review
Volume78
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

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