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van Wormer, Katherine – Social Work, 2009
This article provides an overview of restorative justice as a process and examines its relevance to women who have been victimized by physical and sexual abuse. The starting point is the justice system with its roots in adversarial, offender-oriented practices of obtaining justice. The widespread dissatisfaction by battered women and rape victims…
Descriptors: Justice, Females, Family Violence, Sexual Abuse
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Sands, Roberta G.; Nuccio, Kathleen – Social Work, 1992
Discusses contributions and difficulties that postmodern feminist thought has to offer for reconceptualization of social work theories and practice. Provides overview of status of feminist theory within social work literature and describes roots and explains concerns of postmodern feminism. Discusses relevance, implications, and challenges of…
Descriptors: Feminism, Social Work, Theories, Theory Practice Relationship
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Bransford, Cassandra L. – Social Work, 2011
The focus of this article is on illustrating how the differences between the paternalistic and empowerment approaches embedded within social work have unnecessarily evolved into competing approaches to practice. Tracing the historical evolution of both paternalistic and empowerment approaches, the article posits that social work is more amenable…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Holistic Approach, Empowerment, Counseling Techniques
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Collins, Barbara G. – Social Work, 1986
Presents an overview of feminist philosophy and examines values and perspectives feminism and social work share. Argues for a greater integration of feminist theory into social work practice at all levels and gives examples of the implications of feminist perspectives for social work. (Author/ABB)
Descriptors: Feminism, Sex Role, Social Theories, Social Work
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Miller, Dorothy C. – Social Work, 1987
Uses feminist theory to analyze why social policies perpetuate traditional assumptions about mothers and do not provide adequate help for children. Suggests tensions between policies for women and children will continue until policymakers view the welfare of children as a concern of the entire society. (Author)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Family Problems, Females, Feminism
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Freedberg, Sharon – Social Work, 2007
This article reviews the literature on the concept of empathy in the social work profession from the days of Mary Richmond to its use in traditional literature today. Empathy is reexamined in light of recent developments in feminist scholarship, in particular the relational-cultural theory developed at the Stone Center at Wellesley College. Moving…
Descriptors: Helping Relationship, Empathy, Social Work, Feminism
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Thomas, Susan Amelia – Social Work, 1977
Traces the development feminist therapy. Discusses lack of definitions and systematic studies in the literature. Reports on research study, based on interviews with feminist therapists, which explores the nature and practice of this emerging mode of therapy. (Author/SMR)
Descriptors: Females, Feminism, Literature Reviews, Mental Health
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Collins, Barbara G. – Social Work, 1993
Traces evolution of codependency construct. Examines codependency from perspective of researchers who have found little empirical support for constellation of characteristics used to define term and from perspective of feminist analysis. Analyzes assumptions about health and relationships embedded in concept of codependency and contends that…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Feminism, Psychological Characteristics, Substance Abuse
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Gould, Ketayun H. – Social Work, 1988
Describes Gilligan's work which has been used uncritically to resolve gender-based rifts and ethical problems. Critiques Gilligan's psychological vision of gender and "male" and "female" normative ethics as an example of a theory that may contribute to the justification, rather than to the transformation, of professional and…
Descriptors: Counselor Role, Ethics, Feminism, Sex Differences
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Ivanoff, Andre; And Others – Social Work, 1987
Reviews criticism of empirical clinical practice which uses gender differences and conflict between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to describe rift between practitioners and researchers. Offers alternative view emphasizing view's congruence with ethics of good practice and feminist perspectives. Addresses criticism of use of…
Descriptors: Feminism, Models, Research Methodology, Sex Differences
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Gould, Ketayun H. – Social Work, 1987
Provides feminist analysis of Germain and Gitterman's life model of practice, revealing that the life model fails to address the problematic nature of the concept of goodness-of-fit, particularly in relation to practice with women. The life model is an example of a paradigm that does not clarify the societal problems sufficiently. (Author/ABL)
Descriptors: Counseling Theories, Feminism, Models, Social Work