The person-in-environment approach: Professional ideology and practice of social workers in Israel

Idit Weiss-Gal*

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which the person-in-environment approach is part of the professional ideology of social workers in Israel and the degree to which they actualize it in their professional practice. The study examines the perceived importance of various goals of the social work profession and the perceived fittingness of diverse social work activities, actual professional activities, practice levels, and perceived attainment of social work goals. Based on the responses of 400 social workers from a wide variety of social services agencies in Israel, the results indicate that ideologically, the workers place a dual focus on the individual and society, with focus on the individual somewhat stronger. However, in practice the social dimension is marginal and the person-in-environment approach is hardly evident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-75
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Work
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Israel
  • Person-in-environment
  • Professional ideology
  • Social work practice

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