AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL CASEWORK by GRACE MATHEW

By GRACE MATHEW

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The boy was naturally withdrawn and uncommunicative. Some of the children in these homes have witnessed violence in their families. Many fathers have been alcoholics and seeing the father beat the mother is a routine event in their homes. Removal from such homes is not a matter of relief for these children who worry continuously about their mothers. In some, the burden of hate that they harbour against their parents is an emotionally unbearable pain. In a few cases of SOCR, the children were witnesses of murders that took place in front of their eyes.

Repression There are times when the anxiety provoked by external circumstances or by inner forces is so unmanageable that the ego represses it, or in other words, pushes it to the unconscious. Repression is a defense mechanism of the ego. Some people's abnormal fears of certain commonplace things may have antecedents in the past that were repressed along with the anxiety generated at that point of time. In ordinary forgetfulness, the disappearance of thoughts from the conscious is not absolute.

Thus, we have different modes of occupational training ranging from training on the job for a few days, to professional training requiring years of study and practice. Similarly, for the roles of a spouse and parent also, preparation is necessary, though not of the nature of job training but of another type, in terms of emotional understanding and readiness, and intellectual comprehension and awareness. 7. The occurrence of conflict between two roles It can happen that the nature of tasks pertaining to one role is such that it obstructs the performance of tasks pertaining to another role.

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