Adopting a Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice With Families in Difficulty: From Theory to Practice

Adopting a Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice With Families in Difficulty: From Theory to Practice

Adopting a Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice With Families in Difficulty: From Theory to Practice

Adopting a Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice With Families in Difficulty: From Theory to Practices

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Référence bibliographique [1090]

Saint-Jacques, Marie-Christine, Turcotte, Daniel et Pouliot, Ève. 2009. «Adopting a Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice With Families in Difficulty: From Theory to Practice ». Families in Society, vol. 90, p. 454-461.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« This article presents the results of a study whose goal was to determine to what extent current practices are in keeping with this philosophy, which advocates a positive view of family potential. » (p. 454)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« This study was based on a mixed methodology using two types of data: qualitative interviews with practitioners concerning various aspects of their work with families and quantitative data based on users’ records and collected through detailed telephone interviews. First, an individual interview was conducted on a face-to-face basis with 30 voluntary practitioners. […] Quantitative data were collected in a detailed telephone interview with 77 practitioners who described their interventions with 118 families. » (p. 457)

Instruments :
- Questionnaire
- Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


« 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 [sic] de Services Communautaires (Local Community Services Centers, or CLSCs). […] 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. » (p. 454)