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Integrating religion and belief in social work practice: an exploratory study

Integrating religion and belief in social work practice: an exploratory study

Pentaris, Panagiotis ORCID: 0000-0001-5593-8555 (2020) Integrating religion and belief in social work practice: an exploratory study. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. ISSN 1531-3204 (Print), 1531-3212 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2020.1855493)

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Abstract

This exploratory study examines how social work practitioners in England integrate service users’ religion, belief and spiritual identities. The study involved 34 semi-structured interviews with Qualified Social Workers and took a qualitative investigational perspective. By means of thematic analysis, the study suggests that practitioners employ either avoidant or utilitarian approaches, which may indeed be a coping strategy before the vast religious plurality in practice. The study also highlights when professionals perceive religion, belief and spirituality important. Those times are a) initial assessments, b) conditional intervention, c) referrals and d) response to this subject when safeguarding and child protection issues arise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social work, non religion, religion, belief, spirituality, practice
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Chronic Illness and Ageing
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Inequalities
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Applied Sociology Research Group
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2020 23:08
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30411

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