The Green family: Work with a lone parent and her children

Patrick Lonergan

in Developing reflective practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9781861342386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302032 | DOI:
The Green family: Work with a lone parent and her children

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This chapter presents a case study concerning the author's social work experience with the Green family. It explains that thirty-three-year-old Ms Green is a lone parent with six children ranging in age from one to twelve years. The purpose of the intervention was to empower Ms Green as a parent and to develop the confidence to improve her own parenting skills. The theoretical and experiential influences that shaped the intervention include systems theory, attachment theory and child observation. This chapter discusses the actual social work process and the author's evaluation of the effectiveness of his intervention approach.

Keywords: social work; family; lone parent; parenting skills; systems theory; attachment theory; child observation

Chapter.  7404 words.  Illustrated.

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