Exploring emotional aspects of care and control in social work with children and families - a single case analysis of conversation

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In this article, I explore how emotions are displayed and dealt with on a communicative level in face-to-face encounters between social workers and parents in a child welfare setting. The analysis draws upon detailed analysis of a whole encounter between a social worker and a parental couple who have recently had their new-born daughter placed in foster care. By examining the way emotional stances are expressed and responded to I discuss how orientations toward institutional tasks and goals create constraints for the display, recognition and validation of clients’ emotion displays. I consider the communicative challenges this poses for the parents and the social worker and the implications these may have for the client–worker relationship
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OriginalsprogDansk
TidsskriftJournal of Social Work Practice
Vol/bind33
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)385
Antal sider402
ISSN0265-0533
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
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