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Social work by Wolfgang Schröer, Lothar Böhnisch

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7Enablement in Light of the Blurring Life Stage Borders

Critical living circumstances must be managed on a personal, biographical level and are often limited to that level due to the nature of their origins (e.g. relationship-threatening conflicts, the loss of a partner or life-threatening illness). In social work, we deal with situations of this kind, but also, above all, with critical living circumstances which have a social background, even though they may manifest as personal on the level of coping. Knowledge about these social backgrounds is important to social work in two ways. First, it can reveal the limits and opportunities within which social work can operate. This is of practical consequence, in that it lightens social pressure placed ...

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