Social work practice and life course development: transition and conformity?

Blythe, Clare (2010) Social work practice and life course development: transition and conformity? Neo: A Journal of Student Research, 1 (1). ISSN 1759-6874

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Summary: The course of people lives is said to be marked by stages and periods of Transition, in effect a process of conforming, following a ‘set of rules’. This is demonstrated in literature and in the work of life course theorist who move through predictable stages, with failure to progress satisfactorily through these ‘stages’ affecting well-being and success in later life. Explored through the lens of professional social work practice, the question is how can we define what is ‘normal’?

Findings: Life course development and transition theories give us a framework for understanding some of the common themes which have affected people through the ages and which affect individuals through the stages of their life. However each individuals life course must be interpreted through their own narratives.

Keywords:Life course, Transition, Conformity, Narratives, Practice, Theory, Professional, Social work
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:16186
Deposited On:04 Dec 2014 10:19

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