• A D van Breda Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Measurement is an integral part of the assessment process in social work. Whether or not this isdone formally, social workers inevitably quantify the functioning of client systems duringassessment: “This community lacks access to social resources; this family experiences highlevels of conflict; this person has a severe drug addiction.” All of these statements, typical ofsocial work assessments, involve measurement.


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