4The Four Dimensions of the Situation of Coping as Means of Access for Social Work

The four dimensions of the situation of coping – dependency, expression, appropriation and recognition – are closely interlinked. For example, anyone living in a state of extreme dependency generally has few opportunities to raise this issue (expression) and usually suffers from a lack of appropriation opportunities and a lack of recognition. A similar set of links can be formed starting out from any dimension.


Dependency is a relationship forced upon people, and thus one of power, in which a situation of coping can be extremely constrained by people being undermined, stigmatized, de facto disempowered, prevented from participating and losing their ...

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