Social Role Valorisation

Paul Sinclair

in Rethinking palliative care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349217
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303244 | DOI:
Social Role Valorisation

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Social Role Valorisation (SRV) theory – a high-order concept for addressing the plight of societally devalued people and for structuring human services – describes how social devaluation operates. It also identifies people who are dying or chronically ill as one of a number of classes at risk of social devaluation. SRV is, therefore, an appropriate theoretical framework to use to assess social devaluation in the palliative-care system. This chapter begins by examining, with respect to social devaluation, the key alternative frameworks to the conventional conceptualisation of palliative care. SRV is then defined, and the case is made for the suitability of SRV to analyse social devaluation in palliative care. The success of SRV and the key difference between the challenges in the disability sector and those in the palliative care sphere are examined. The chapter addresses the existing criticisms of SRV most relevant to palliative care. It summarizes the 10 core themes of SRV with some reference to the palliative-care context.

Keywords: SRV theory; devalued people; human services; social devaluation; palliative care

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