A Study of Thirty Adolescent Girls Who Were Unable to Make a Positive Use of Case Work Services Based on Closed Cases of the Youth Consultation Service of the Diocese of New York From June 1944 to May 1946
Background of the Study. The first few years in the life of an individual are of vital importance, for it is at this time that basic ideas and attitudes which will permanently influence the individual’s life are formed. Of no less importance is the period from puberty to maturity, for it is marked by intellectual and emotional expansion and is a period of vigor, vitality, and growth. This period, commonly called adolescence, brings to the forefront the results of the unresolved conflicts formed in early life. These patterns are thought to be permanent and not easily amenable to complete change, but it is possible to alter them in some ways which might be to the individual’s advantage, and of benefit to his communal existence. Social case work has as its basic aim to utilize all the factors of individual personality-biological, psychological, environmental, social, and spiritual—so that the individual may make a more satisfactory adjustment to his life situations. In order to do this it is necessary to give emphasis to the individual in his environment, as he experiences it, and to an understanding of the interaction between the two. Therefore, to carry out the basic aims of case work, the agency must formulate its policies with enough flexibility to meet the needs of each individual client from a consideration of the problem presented and its causal factors.
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Kelly, Eleanor Mosley, "A Study of Thirty Adolescent Girls Who Were Unable to Make a Positive Use of Case Work Services Based on Closed Cases of the Youth Consultation Service of the Diocese of New York From June 1944 to May 1946" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725044.