Use of Behavioral Sciences in Social Work Education

Maas, Henry S.
July 1958
Social Work;Jul58, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p62
Academic Journal
This article presents information regarding the use of behavioral sciences in social work education. Social work educators, concerned ultimately with the modification of conditions under which man's life becomes stressful, must search widely for basic knowledge about such conditions. The compartments of the biological, psychological, and social sciences are multiple. Arguments as to first cause among specialists in soma, in psyche, and in social systems mystify the social worker who daily sees clients with bodies, with memories and motives, responding and adding to a society's cultural, economic, and political pressures, past and present. That purpose is to provide social work education's segments with a unifying language useful to all its members, accommodating content in the three treatment methods as well as the social services, growth and behavior, and research, a language which enables social work educators to communicate more effectively, also, with members of their extended family in the behavioral sciences, and a language of somewhat greater precision than that now used by social work educators. Elements of such a language have been penetrating social work's ways of expressing itself for some years now, but with only limited acceptance and incomplete understanding of terms or their usefulness.


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