Adopting a strengths perspective in social work practice with families in difficulty : from theory to practice

Authors: Saint-Jacques, Marie-ChristineTurcotte, Daniel; Pouliot, Ève
Abstract: There is a growing trend in social work practice to use a strengths perspective with families in difficulty. Beginning with a description of the characteristics of the strengths-based approach, this article then moves on to examine the interventions of practitioners working in Youth Centers (YCs) and in Centres Local de Services Communautaires (Local Community Services Centers, or CLSCs). A qualitative analysis of the practitioners’ personal practice descriptions and a quantitative study, based on a questionnaire measuring professional behaviors of the practitioners’ work with 118 families, were done. Most of the practitioners concentrated on the personal weaknesses of the parents and accorded little or no importance to their strengths. The results also show that the organizational context influences the emphasis put on the parents’ strengths by the practitioners.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 12 January 2009
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Families in society - The journal of contemporary social services, Vol. 90 (4), 454–461 (2009)
Family Service America
Alternative version: 10.1606/1044-3894.3926
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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