6Recommendations for Action

Social work theories are intended not only to explain situations but also to provide ideas about which practical methods to follow: leading from the concept, what approaches are recommended? Starting out from the concept of coping, it is no great leap to come up with the basic theory that antisocial and/ or self-destructive behaviour is always, in part, a way of coping in critical situations in life and that the urge to achieve agency, as identified in the coping perspective, often plays out without taking into account any conformance with norms. This means that the approach must be an accepting one, i.e. one that recognizes the subjective meaning which clients’ behaviour has for them, without actually having to approve ...

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