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Reactance and the Child Welfare Client: Interpreting Child Welfare Parents' Resistance to Services Through the Lens of Reactance Theory
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services (2012)
  • Rebecca G. Mirick, Salem State University
Abstract
Many parents express resistance to child welfare services and can experience severe consequences as a result. This article defines the concept of psychological reactance and explores how this concept can be used to normalize child welfare parents' resistant behaviors in a way that does not blame the client. Examples of reactance responses in this population and specific strategies for effectively addressing resistance and engaging these clients are included. The impact of race and oppression and the social service worker's use of power are highlighted. Future research questions are identified.
Keywords
  • Child Welfare,
  • Families,
  • Parents,
  • Resistant Clients,
  • Worker-Client Relationships
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
DOI
10.1606/1044-3894.4224
Citation Information
Rebecca G. Mirick. "Reactance and the Child Welfare Client: Interpreting Child Welfare Parents' Resistance to Services Through the Lens of Reactance Theory" Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services Vol. 93 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 165 - 172
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-mirick/18/