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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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(p.265) 41 Youth
Handbook of International Social Work

Lincoln O. Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that youth work and social work share a common value base and that the basic problem confronting young people is their lack of participation in the decision-making structures of their societies. The critique of the categorical definition of youth implies that social workers need to undertake a thorough sociocultural and historical analysis of the individual or group of young people they intend to work with. The chapter concludes with guidelines for effective intervention strategies for working with the majority of youth as well as the significant minority who could be defined as youth at risk.

Keywords:   youth work, social work practice, social workers, at-risk youth, young people

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