TOWARDS A SOCIAL NICHE ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT

  • EH Ryke School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences, (Social Work).
  • H Strydom Head of the Social Work Division.
  • KFH Botha (Psychology), North-West University Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa.

Abstract

From a social work perspective, individual outcomes are the results of a transactional processbetween personal and environmental influences. It is a long-cherished conviction in SocialWork that individual problems and successes must be framed within the larger context offamily, community and society (Saleebey, 2002c:231). However, it is also a conviction that isoften not reflected in social work practice (Rose, 2000:405; Saleebey, 2002c:230; Weick,2000:398). Clinical practice tends to focus on personal factors, and community practice onenvironmental factors, while the transactional dimension is often not accounted for. Thetendency is also to focus on deficits and problems in these systems and not on strengths orpotential strengths.

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