Theories of Practice with Vulnerable Populations


in Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery Across the Lifespan

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780195111552
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865734 | DOI:

Series: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations

 Theories of Practice with Vulnerable Populations

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This chapter examines the four factors related to the challenge of how best to tap the contemporary theoretical richness available to the human service practitioner in working with vulnerable populations. In addition to traditional understanding of theory, the implications of viewing theory from a political and sociological perspective are considered. The implications of the current diversity of theory and how this can be viewed as a resource for practice are discussed. An approach to comparing theories for application in a differentially useful manner is presented, followed by a discussion of the research challenges facing human services to make theories more effective and responsible for use with vulnerable populations.

Keywords: human services; social work practice; theoretical diversity; theory

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