Social Work: the Social Psychological Approach

Social Work: the Social Psychological Approach

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This book was created to describe the social psychological approach (SPA) to the social work process. It has long been asserted that social workers need to understand and use social psychology in their practice. Yet the literature avail* able to social workers has been limited. There have been no texts on social psychology specifically designed for social workers. Instead, social workers have been presented with various forms of individual psychology and macrosociol- ogy. There is, however, an important contribution which social psychology, the study of the individual in a social context, can make to the social work process. This contribution is the central concern of this book. Consequently, the book is seen as filling a fundamental gap in the existing social work literature. The structure of the book is dictated by the belief that social workers and social psychologists should collaborate in evolving a social psychological model of social work practice. Such a model, the result of collaboration between a social worker and a social psychologist, is presented here. The book is addressed not simply to teachers and students of social work but also, specifically, to social work practitioners and to social psychologists besides all those who deal with social work problems. In addressing a wide audience, it is important to estab- lish a lingua franca: social workers need to understand the basics of social psychology and social psychologists must understand the basis of social work more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 154.94 x 234.95 x 18.54mm | 498.95g
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers Group
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • X, 312 p.
  • 0442305206
  • 9780442305208

Table of contents

I The Social Psychological Approach.- 1 The Social Psychological Approach.- 1.1 The Model of the Social Psychological Approach.- II The Nature of Social Psychology.- 2 The Character of Social Psychology.- 2.1 Subject Matter.- 2.2 Theories.- 2.3 Methods.- 2.4 The Crisis of Social Psychology.- 2.5 Character or Silhouette: Concluding Remarks.- 3 Relationships.- 3.1 The Processes of Impression Formation and Attribution.- 3.2 The Process of Interpersonal Attraction.- 3.3 The Process of Long-Term Commitment.- 4 Identity.- 4.1 What is Identity?.- 4.2 What is the Relationship between Personal and Social Identity?.- 4.3 The Effects of the Need for Self-Esteem.- 4.4 How are `Spoiled Identities' Managed?.- 4.5 What Effects do Threats to Identity have?.- 4.6 Understanding Identity Dynamics and the Social Work Process.- 5 Groups.- 5.1 The Nature of Groups.- 5.2 Intragroup Dynamics.- 5.3 Intergroup Dynamics.- 5.4 The Analysis of Groups and the Social Work Process.- 6 Environment.- 6.1 Privacy.- 6.2 Personal Space.- 6.3 Territory.- 6.4 Crowding.- 6.5 Conclusion.- 7 Personal and Social Change.- 7.1 The Nature of Attitudes and their Relation to Behaviour.- 7.2 Theories of Attitude Change.- 7.3 The Process of Persuasion.- 7.4 The Process of Coercion.- 7.5 The Social Work Process and Change.- 8 Central Tenets of SPA Explanation and Analysis.- 8.1 SPA Explanation and Analysis and the Social Work Process.- III The Nature of Social Work.- 9 The Structure of Social Work.- 9.1 Social Work: The Image.- 9.2 Social Work: The Reality.- 9.3 Social Work: The Historical Background.- 9.4 Some Current Issues.- 9.5 Conclusion.- 10 BASW and Social Work.- 10.1 What is a Profession?.- 10.2 What is a Bureaucracy?.- 10.3 Where does Social Work and the British Association of Social Workers fit it?.- 11 Demands and Skills.- 11.1 Demands.- 11.2 Skills.- 11.3 The Effectiveness of Social Work Skills.- IV Theory Use.- 12 Levels of Analysis in Social Work.- 12.1 The Problem Orientation.- 12.2 The SPA and the Levels of a Problem.- 12.3 Conclusion.- 13 How to Use a Theory.- 13.1 The Problem of Evaluating a Theory.- 13.2 The Problem of Extended Use of a Theory.- 13.3 The Practitioner Theorist.- 13.4 Concluding Remarks.- V The Spa in Practice.- 14 Disablement.- 14.1 Overview.- 14.2 Case History: Rowena.- 14.3 The SPA and Rowena.- 14.4 Conclusion.- 15 Group Homes.- 15.1 What is a Group Home?.- 15.2 What is the Purpose of a Group Home?.- 15.3 How Effective are Group Homes?.- 15.4 SPA and Group Homes.- 15.5 Conclusions.- 16 Child Battering.- 16.1 Historical Background.- 16.2 The Battered Child Syndrome.- 16.3 Current Societal Response.- 16.4 Use of the SPA.- 17 Community Work.- 17.1 What is a Community?.- 17.2 What is the Relationship between Community Work and the SPA?.- 17.3 Case History: King Street.- 17.4 The SPA Process.- 17.5 Conclusion.- 18 Mental Illness.- 18.1 Models.- 18.2 Social Work and Mental Illness.- 18.3 Case History: Herbert.- 18.4 The SPA Process.- 18.5 Conclusion.- 19 Use of the SPA by the Client.- 19.1 Identifying the Client.- 19.2 Communication between Client and Practitioner.- 19.3 Predisposing Conditions for the Use of the SPA.- 19.4 Use of the SPA.- 19.5 Repercussions for the Practitioner.- 20 Student Supervision.- 20.1 The Scenario.- 20.2 The Players.- 20.3 The Task.- 20.4 SPA: The Process.- 20.5 Conclusion.- VI Analyst, Analyse Thyself.- Preface.- 21 The Position of the Social Work Profession.- 21.1 Social Work Identity.- 21.2 The Rhetoric of the Social Work Task.- 21.3 Conflict and Rhetoric.- 21.4 The Strike: August 1978 - June 1979.- 21.5 Rhetoric of Conflict.- 21.6 Rhetorics of the Strike.- 21.7 The Effects of the Rhetoric.- 21.8 Lessons from the Conflict.- 21.9 Summary.- 22 The Position of the Individual Social Worker.- 22.1 Strategies and Rationalizations.- 22.2 SPA and the Dilemma.- 22.3 Training and the Position of the Individual Social Worker.- 22.4 Summary.- Conclusion to Part VI.- VII Theory into Action.- 23 Theory into Action: A Conclusion.- more