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Emphasizing 'the relational self' as a goal in casework

Furlong, Mark 2007, Emphasizing 'the relational self' as a goal in casework, Practice reflexions, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 17-34.

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Title Emphasizing 'the relational self' as a goal in casework
Author(s) Furlong, Mark
Journal name Practice reflexions
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 34
Publisher Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 1834-3635
Keyword(s) interdependence
casework practice
the ‘relational self’
Summary Traditional and radical authors agree that strengthening the autonomy of service users is a primary aim in casework. The current paper seeks to balance this emphasis on individual autonomy by arguing that the relational aspects of the self also require attention. This argument proceeds in three steps. Firstly, recent theoretical work will be introduced to advance the premise that the self can be understood as ‘relational’ as well as ‘autonomous’. Secondly, a summary is offered of the research which concludes that a strong social network, or in the more recently favoured terms, that ‘social connectedness’ and ‘attachment’, is protective of health and well-being. Building on these two ideas, it is then suggested that it may be important for caseworkers to promote the quality of interdependence and connectedness of those service users with whom we work, irrespective of the presenting problem and the practitioner’s preferred method and assigned practice role.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 - Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042524

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