The Social Context

  • Neil Thompson
  • Michael Murphy
  • Steve Stradling
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Part of the Practical Social Work book series (PSWS)

Abstract

Understanding individual and personality factors in relation to pressure and stress is an important element in the development of a theory base to underpin the practice of stress management. However, what we must also realise is that such factors operate in a social context. This can be seen to apply in a number of ways:
  • individual identity has social roots; that is, our sense of self is heavily dependent on our ‘social location’ — where we fit into society, the cultural expectations to which we have been exposed, and so on

  • individuals are members of groups and so questions of group dynamics, intergroup conflict and so on are very relevant

  • the coping resources and support systems to which we have access will be structured according to our social position (for example, buying power)

  • oppression and discrimination arising from structured inequalities act as significant stressors for certain groups within the workforce

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© British Association of Social Workers 1994

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  • Neil Thompson
  • Michael Murphy
  • Steve Stradling

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