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Media i dylematyczność działania w obszarze pracy socjalnej z osobami "zaburzonymi psychicznie"
Media and the Dilemmatic Nature of Activity in the Field of Social Work with 'Mentally Disturbed' Persons

Author(s): Anna Jarkiewicz
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Stosowanych Nauk Społecznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: media; dilemma; humanizing discourse; intervention discourse/discourse of intervention; social work with "mentally disturbed" people

Summary/Abstract: The manuscript addresses the issue of the dilemma concerning acting in the field of social work with people who are "mentally disturbed". The dilemma is related to the existence of two types of communications in the media discourse (hereinafter referred to as: humanizing discourse and the discourse of intervention), whose messages are mutually exclusive. Therefore, social workers are not able to adapt to both of them simultaneously. As a result, there occur dilemmas and tensions in social work, which can be observed while the activities are being designed. The types of discourses (humanizing, intervention) were extracted based on the analysis of empirical material collected in the course of research conducted in a social welfare center. The aim of the study was the reconstruction of the reality in which social workers operate and the primary consideration was to recreate their perspective. Therefore, the analysis focused on only those communications that were important for social workers in the field of social work with "mentally disturbed" people. In the study, I applied the grounded theory research (Glaser, Strauss 2009). Due to the nature of the chosen method, it was essential for me that the daily routine of the social workers become also my daily routine. In my research, I used the following material sourcing techniques: participative observation, document analysis and interviews (conversations) with social workers.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 16 (2)
  • Page Range: 183-201
  • Page Count: 18