ERIC Number: ED292011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
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Impediments to the Full Realization of the Ethical Self.
Shellhase, Leslie J.
In its development and in its central character, the value base of social work has a relationship to feminine values. Women possess strong nurturing impulses, a great capacity for intimacy, an ability to empathize, and a tendency to integrate in their thinking and their actions. Women are considered to exercise a predilection for egalitarian relationships and a resistance to hierarchical forms. The day-to-day process of sustaining life has been ascribed, historically, to women. The central values of women throughout time have led to an esteem for the individual, which not only respects the entity of the individual but is also concerned with the provision of an environment which will support and facilitate personal growth. As a consequence of woman's responsibility for the preservation of life, she has developed methods of solving problems which have characteristically avoided the resort to conflict and to violence. There is a strong urge toward survival which has its roots among women. One can find concomitant concerns within the field of social work. The quality of spirituality manifests itself through the caring that is characteristic of feminism and that is central to the profession of social work. Several ethical dilemmas exist within social work; the ethical imperatives of social work meet with some paradoxical impediments in the process of practicing the profession ethically. Certain elements of those dilemmas are especially linked to women. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Association of Social Workers National Conference on Women's Issues (Atlanta, GA, May 28-31, 1986).