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Assessment And Social Construction: Conflict Or Co-Creation?, Roberta R. Iversen, Kenneth J. Gergen, Robert P. Fairbanks Ii Apr 2005

Assessment And Social Construction: Conflict Or Co-Creation?, Roberta R. Iversen, Kenneth J. Gergen, Robert P. Fairbanks Ii

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Assessment procedures in social work emerged within the historical context of modernist empiricism. They are lodged in assumptions of objectivity, measurement accuracy, value neutrality and scientific expertise. Within the context of postmodern constructionism, the grounds for traditional assessment are thrown into question. While such critique may seem to threaten the assessment tradition, such a conclusion is unwarranted. Rather, one may locate within the assessment tradition and constructionist writings converging lines of thought. Through the collaborative extension of two assessment exemplars — the genogram and the ecomap — we suggest new and more promising potentials for assessment practices in social work.


How Do Tangible Supports Impact The Breast Cancer Experience?, Karen B. Hirschman, Joretha N. Bourjolly Jan 2005

How Do Tangible Supports Impact The Breast Cancer Experience?, Karen B. Hirschman, Joretha N. Bourjolly

Departmental Papers (SPP)

A woman’s ability to navigate her new role as a breast cancer patient can be impacted by the support she has available to her during this time. One form of social support, tangible support, refers to providing support in a physical way that assists an individual in meeting their role responsibilities. The Roy Adaptation Model was used as a framework for conceptualizing the various roles in a woman’s life that can be impacted by breast cancer and how the type and extent of tangible support impacts these roles. Through a qualitative open-ended interview, 33 women with breast cancer ...