Social work

experience and methods

The possibility of a descriptive orientation to psycho-social work: towards the conceptual origins


Identifying the experiential reality of individuals is an important objective of psycho-social work. Its importance is based on the assumption that this reality is always true for each individual. Phenomenology and its hermeneutic variant present complementary, not contradictory views of the basic quality of psycho-social work. Based on a conceptual analysis of preunderstanding, preinterpretation, interpretation and description, it is concluded that the most appropriate orientation to psycho-social work is a descriptive one.


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