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Developing reflective practiceMaking sense of social work in a world of change$
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Helen Martyn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342386

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342386.001.0001

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The Green family: Work with a lone parent and her children

The Green family: Work with a lone parent and her children

(p.148) (p.149) The Green family: Work with a lone parent and her children
Developing reflective practice

Patrick Lonergan

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This chapter presents a case study concerning the author's social work experience with the Green family. It explains that thirty-three-year-old Ms Green is a lone parent with six children ranging in age from one to twelve years. The purpose of the intervention was to empower Ms Green as a parent and to develop the confidence to improve her own parenting skills. The theoretical and experiential influences that shaped the intervention include systems theory, attachment theory and child observation. This chapter discusses the actual social work process and the author's evaluation of the effectiveness of his intervention approach.

Keywords:   social work, family, lone parent, parenting skills, systems theory, attachment theory, child observation

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