Differences in worldviews between social workers and people of faith

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Worldview conflicts between social workers and clients are widely understood to inhibit the provision of client-centered services. One of the most influential theories that has been advanced for understanding conflicting worldviews in contemporary society is Hunter's (1991) epistemologically based distinction between progressive and orthodox worldviews. Based upon Hunter's work, two interrelated hypotheses are examined using nationally representative samples: first, that social workers (n = 145) affirm a progressive worldview and associated value positions and, second, that their value positions differ from those who affirm an orthodox worldview. Both hypotheses were supported. The implications are discussed regarding the academic literature, education, and service provision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-295
Number of pages11
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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