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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Departments of Public Welfare or Social Services

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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Patricia Brownell

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the practice of social work in public welfare and social services; settings from which the profession has retreated. A survey by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) indicated less than 1% of membership worked in these public sector settings. The chapter describes historic and contemporary roles of professional social workers in public welfare and social services, including work in income maintenance, adult protective services, special housing programs, HIV/AIDS services, kinship care, and domestic violence programs. It describes the dilemmas and tensions inherent in these roles.

Keywords:   gerontological social work, public welfare, social services, social workers, elderly

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