Title: Targeted and group-specific social work interventions in the area of tension between the reproduction of hierarchical structures and the sensitivity towards differences
Authors : Nef, Susanne
Published in : Seychelles Research Journal
Volume(Issue) : 2019
Issue : 4
Publisher / Ed. Institution : University of Seychelles
Issue Date: Jan-2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Language : English
Subjects : Social Work; Peer group interventions; Peer education; Prevention of violence
Subject (DDC) : 302: Social interaction
361: Social work and welfare
Abstract: The design of services offered by social work and social services represents challenges in the 21st century. Societies and lifestyles are increasingly individualised and heterogeneous. In addition to this development, processing and addressing social problems is becoming increasingly complex. Moreover, altered social structures impede the inclusion of affected persons and groups. Social work has responded in both practice and research to this change in framework conditions by differentiating the services on offer, for example by differentiating interventions in terms of various target groups. To ensure the inclusion of heterogeneous members of society, social work offers differentiated and target-group-specific interventions. A distinct emphasis centres around prevention work with young adults, which increasingly includes peer-education approaches with the aim of including and directly addressing young adults as a specific target group. The following article uses the example of peer-education projects to explore the challenges of social work services, in which tension exists between the reproduction of hierarchical structures and the sensibility of differentiation. This topic is of high relevance for the field of practice of education and social work for the further development of the professions as well as the development of new concepts and interventions. Specifically for countries with a heterogeneous population structure (e.g. high ethnic and cultural diversity level), it is relevant to reflect on the normative framework of social work interventions and educational services. Furthermore, for preventive and psychosocial support as well as health promotion, peer education and its further development might be an interesting concept for grassroots interventions to empower children and youth in developing knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Therefore, it requires proper preparation. This article is intended to give the reader an insight into the relevance of reflection of such targeted and group-specific social work interventions in the area of tension between the reproduction of hierarchical structures and the sensitivity towards differences.
Further description : https://seychellesresearchjournal.com/current-edition-4/
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Diversity and Social Integration (IVGT)
Publication type: Contribution to Magazine or Newspaper
ISSN: 1659-7435
URI: https://seychellesresearchjournalcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/targeted-and-group-specific-social-work-interventions-in-area-of-tension-between-the-reproduction-of-hierarchical-tructures-and-sensistivity-towards-differences-s-nef.pdf
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