Psychosocial Work

Boon Wee Timothy Sim

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. This article begins by defining the variously used term 'psychosocial' across disciplines, followed by an examination of its ambiguous position in social work. The dual-foci debate in social work provides the context for understanding the evolution of psychosocial work through time and applications. Eschewing the narrow conceptualizations related to psychopathology and trauma is a major shift in international psychosocial work, particularly in emergencies, to address issues of resilience, community, and cultural resources, wider social influences, and human rights. After presenting the emerging trends in the 'both-and' perspective in psychosocial work and reviewing research, ethics, and other critical issues, this article charts the future direction of psychosocial work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


  • Children
  • Culture
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Dual-foci
  • Pathological
  • Person-in-environment
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosocial
  • Resilience
  • Strengths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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