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    Relationship-based social work and electronic communication technologies: anticipation, adaptation and achievement


    Byrne, Julie and Kirwan, Gloria (2019) Relationship-based social work and electronic communication technologies: anticipation, adaptation and achievement. Journal of Social Work Practice, 33 (2). pp. 217-232. ISSN 0265-0533

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    Abstract

    While social workers continue to recognise the centrality of relationship in social work practice they are nowtrying to build and mediate relationshipswith service users in a context fundamentally changed by technology. The paper suggests that different modes of electronic communication are not simply add-ons to society but are altering the social texture of society including the ways that people relate and interact with others. The relationship base of social work is not immune or dislocated from the explosion of social media and electronic communication which is occurring in the wider society and, therefore, attention needs to be paid to the impact of these new technologies on the way in which social work is practised. Using qualitative research with early career stage social workers in Ireland this paper aims to contribute to knowledge on this emerging dimension of social work practice.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Social media; communication technologies; relational social work; early career social workers;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 11185
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2019.1604499
    Depositing User: Gloria Kirwan
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 10:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Work Practice
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
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