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The Contemporary Family and the Responsibilities of the Social Worker in Direct Practice

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Publication Date: September 1979

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America)

Author(s): Herbert S. Strean

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 56-1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Social patterns; Family; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author lays out some of the radical changes and challenges facing modern family life, including changing sexual mores and social ideals. He examines how social workers can help clients find satisfaction in family relationships. The author suggests clinicians ought to teach clients the "reality principle" -- that their role partners can never supply them with eternal bliss. To aim for omnipotence is to court disaster, says the author, but to accept imperfection permits much room for happiness.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.56 no.1, Fall 1979.