Parental resistance and social worker skills: towards a theory of motivational social work

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594494
Title:
Parental resistance and social worker skills: towards a theory of motivational social work
Authors:
Forrester, Donald; Westlake, David; Glynn, Georgia
Abstract:
Parental resistance is a ubiquitous feature of child and family social work, yet there has been limited research or theoretical work directed at the issue. This paper identifies social and individual reasons why parents may be resistant. Five principle causes of parental resistance are discussed, namely social structure and disadvantage, the context of child protection work, parental resistance to change, denial or minimization of abuse or neglect and the behaviour of the social worker. It is argued that motivational interviewing (MI) provides particularly useful skills and concepts for firstly reducing the social worker contribution to resistance and secondly minimizing the resistance related to other reasons for resistance. Key adaptations required in the strategic aims of MI if it is to be used in child protection work are identified and discussed, the most important of which is maintaining a focus on the child's welfare and safety. It is concluded that MI offers an opportunity to improve practice by increasing parental engagement and to make a contribution to social work theory by combining an attention to both broader social structure and the micro-skills required in social work interviews.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Forrester, D., Westlake, D., Glynn, G. (2012) 'Parental resistance and social worker skills: towards a theory of motivational social work'. Child & Family Social Work 17 (2):118
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Child & Family Social Work
Issue Date:
May-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594494
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00837.x
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00837.x
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1356-7500
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorForrester, Donalden
dc.contributor.authorWestlake, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorGlynn, Georgiaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-21T13:39:49Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-21T13:39:49Zen
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.identifier.citationForrester, D., Westlake, D., Glynn, G. (2012) 'Parental resistance and social worker skills: towards a theory of motivational social work'. Child & Family Social Work 17 (2):118en
dc.identifier.issn1356-7500en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00837.xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594494en
dc.description.abstractParental resistance is a ubiquitous feature of child and family social work, yet there has been limited research or theoretical work directed at the issue. This paper identifies social and individual reasons why parents may be resistant. Five principle causes of parental resistance are discussed, namely social structure and disadvantage, the context of child protection work, parental resistance to change, denial or minimization of abuse or neglect and the behaviour of the social worker. It is argued that motivational interviewing (MI) provides particularly useful skills and concepts for firstly reducing the social worker contribution to resistance and secondly minimizing the resistance related to other reasons for resistance. Key adaptations required in the strategic aims of MI if it is to be used in child protection work are identified and discussed, the most important of which is maintaining a focus on the child's welfare and safety. It is concluded that MI offers an opportunity to improve practice by increasing parental engagement and to make a contribution to social work theory by combining an attention to both broader social structure and the micro-skills required in social work interviews.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00837.xen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Child & Family Social Worken
dc.subjectchild protectionen
dc.subjectchildren in needen
dc.subjectpartnershipen
dc.subjectempowermenten
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.titleParental resistance and social worker skills: towards a theory of motivational social worken
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalChild & Family Social Worken
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