Perspective of Social Work in the Axiological and Ethical Dimension

Natalia Głódź, Aleksandra Półtorzycka

Natalia Głódź, graduated from the Faculty of Social Work and the Faculty of Economy and Law at the University of Białystok. Since 2018, she has been an assistant at the Education Sciences Department of the University of Białystok. She is also the coordinator of the Students’ Andragogical and Gerontological Scientific Group. Her main scientific and research interests cover the area of social work and gerontology.

Aleksandra Półtorzycka, graduated from the Faculty of Social Work, Protective and Educational Pedagogics and Logopaedics at the University of Białystok. Currently, she works as occupational therapist at the Community Self-Help Centre in Sokółka. Her scientific interests are related to social problems. She is particularly interested in professional help activities and disability issues.

OBJECTIVE: To present contemporary aspects of the processes of providing help, establishing relationships and making decisions in social work, from the axiological-ethical and practical perspective. THEORETICAL BASE: The cognitive problem is presented from different perspectives. The study includes a theoretical section together with substantive reflection as well as the authors’ insights, and a research section. METHOD: The research conducted is based on the quantitative method. The target group were 145 social workers. OUTCOMES: The analysis of theoretical and research content showed that ethical dilemmas are an integral and natural component of activities of a social worker aimed at helping the client. The analysis of the data shows that issues related to health, values, and fear of the consequences of decisions made can lead to dilemmas and significantly affect the conduct of employees. SOCIAL WORK IMPLICATIONS: The results presented can form a basis for development of alternative solutions for dealing with demanding situations and ethical dilemmas.

social work, values, ethical dilemma, social worker

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