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Social Work: the Social Psychological Approach by Glynis M. Breakwell

By Glynis M. Breakwell

This publication used to be created to explain the social mental strategy (SPA) to the social paintings approach. It has lengthy been asserted that social employees have to comprehend and use social psychology of their perform. but the literature avail· capable of social staff has been constrained. there were no texts on social psychology particularly designed for social staff. as a substitute, social staff were offered with a variety of sorts of person psychology and macrosociol­ ogy. there's, although, a massive contribution which social psychology, the research of the person in a social context, could make to the social paintings technique. This contribution is the relevant difficulty of this booklet. therefore, the e-book is noticeable as filling a basic hole within the latest social paintings literature. The constitution of the e-book is dictated through the assumption that social staff and social psychologists may still collaborate in evolving a social mental version of social paintings perform. the sort of version, the results of collaboration among a social employee and a social psychologist, is gifted right here. The ebook is addressed now not just to academics and scholars of social paintings but additionally, in particular, to social paintings practitioners and to social psychologists along with all those that care for social paintings difficulties. In addressing a large viewers, you will need to estab­ lish a lingua franca: social employees have to comprehend the fundamentals of social psychology and social psychologists needs to comprehend the foundation of social paintings practice.

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Relationships develop within specific social structures that are organized around certain social norms and dominated by particular social groups. Relationships will be predicted upon their context. In societies where homosexual relationships are illegal, the forms available for the development of contacts between two men will be constrained. If those men want a homosexual relationship, they will be particularly constrained. But even those who do not want a homosexual relationship will be constrained by social expectations; any hint, no matter how incidental, of homosexuality needs to be expunged from their relationship.

Henri Tajfel and Colin Fraser, 1978. ) Moreover, there is some idea that it is not a social psychologist's job to analyse the context of individual and group action. The analysis of the social, political and economic context of action should be performed by sociologists, political scientists and economists, respectively, or so the argument goes. As Eiser (1980) puts it, the social psychologist is 'not aJack of all trades' (p. xiii). Increasingly, the criticized - having made their initial concessions - are turning to the attack.

But it must be discriminating flattery. The person who compliments everyone is undiscriminating and his or her compliments devalue themselves. (ii) Conformity to the opinions or behaviour of the target. Again credibility is important and can be attained by the selective application of agree42 ment with the target. Undiscriminating agreement with all the target does or says will simply lead to the label of 'yes-man' and devaluation. However, selective agreement gives the appearance of judicial appraisal.

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