Self-determination dissected

Suzanne D. Kassel, Rosalie A. Kane

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Clinical social workers highly value client self-determination yet little is known about how the practitioner applies the concept in ongoing practice. In a small exploratory study, 20 social workers, randomly selected from Utah's licensure list, were interviewed in depth about decision-making related to client self-determination. Even in a small, relatively homogeneous population, enormous variations were found in the application of the principle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-178
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1980


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