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Community Practice: Opportunities for Community Building

Author: Green, S.
Author Background:
Date 12/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Maatskaplike-Werk / Social-Work
Volume/Pages 1998, 34, 4, Dec, 362-369
Subject Matter Community Development
Abstract Argues that social work must focus on community practices rather than individual-based therapy to address structural problems associated with low-income families, using semistructured interview data from 94 adult members of a feeding project in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Demographic data & information on literacy, employment, usage of the project s resources, perceived social problems in the community, & external support networks (ie, household family members, informal resources outside the family, & professional community resources) were gathered. Results confirm the need to increase the community s capacity to provide a basic safety net for families & children; implications for social work practitioners are addressed, & possible programs to empower & build communities are illustrated with examples. 19 References. S. Paul