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Social Work

  • By: Alex Altshuler
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Social work is a profession aimed at improving the living conditions and welfare of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Social work focuses primarily on the most vulnerable groups in society, such as: children at risk, people living in poverty, people with special needs, people who face sudden crisis or tragedy situations, and other groups in need of short-term or long-term support and assistance.

Social work also has a component of scientific research regarding various issues and methods, such as: individual social work, social policy and welfare, social work with groups, social justice, and community social work. Social work research also incorporates knowledge from the related social sciences, especially from psychology and sociology. Social work practice and research plays a valuable role in disaster relief and provides ...

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