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Social Work and Coercion

Title: Social Work and Coercion.

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Name(s): Gomory, Tomi, author
Dunleavy, Daniel, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2018-05-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Social work is perhaps most distinctive for its clear and outspoken commitment toward improving the well-being of society's vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, while still emphasizing the importance of respecting and defending personal rights and freedoms. Though there is a fundamental necessity for coercion, or its threat, for eliciting civil social behavior in a well-functioning society, it is professionally and ethically imperative that social workers make explicit our rationales for, justifications of, and the evidence used to support or reject coercive practices in our work. Social work's engagement with coercion inevitably entails the ethical and social policy arguments for and against its use, as shown in a review of the empirical evidence regarding its impact on the professions' clients, exemplified by three domains: (1) child welfare, (2) mental health, and (3) addictions. Recommendations for future improvements involve balancing the potential for harm against the benefits of coercive actions.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1527181123_b916c907 (IID), 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1264 (DOI)
Keywords: coercion, social work ethics, social work practice, mandated treatment, involuntary hospitalization, mental health, risk assessment, child welfare. drug abuse
Publication Note: This is a prepublication draft of an article that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the book Oxford Online Encyclopedia of Social Work, published 2018-05-01 and can be found at
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Oxford Online Encyclopedia of Social Work.

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Gomory, T., & Dunleavy, D. (2018). Social Work and Coercion. Oxford Online Encyclopedia Of Social Work. Retrieved from