Definitions for social work

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

so′cial work`(n.)

  1. any organized service or activity designed to improve social conditions in a community, as assistance to poor persons or troubled families.

    Category: Sociology

Origin of social work:

1915–20

so′cial work`er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. social work(noun)

    any of various services designed to aid the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children

Wiktionary

  1. social work(Noun)

    Any of several professions concerned with providing social services to those members of the community that need it.

Freebase

  1. Social work

    Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of an individual, group, or community by intervening through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching on behalf of those afflicted with poverty or any real or perceived social injustices and violations of their human rights. Research is often focused on areas such as human development, social policy, public administration, psychotherapy, program evaluation, and international and community development. Social workers are organized into local, national, continental and international professional bodies. Social work, an interdisciplinary field, includes theories from economics, education, sociology, medicine, philosophy, politics, anthropology, and psychology.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Social Work

    The use of community resources, individual case work, or group work to promote the adaptive capacities of individuals in relation to their social and economic environments. It includes social service agencies.


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