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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Empathy in social work
Author Eriksson, Karl ; Englander, Magnus
Date 2017
English abstract
A dominant conceptualization of empathy in social work practice and education, provided by Karen Gerdes and Elizabeth Segal, relies heavily on the simulation theory adopted directly from the cognitive neurosciences. The aim was to critically challenge such a view by reporting on some recent empirical findings from the field in which professional social workers were interviewed about their experience of empathy in working with forced migrants. The findings support a phenomenological, critical account of simulation theory and provide evidence that empathy is constituted as a direct social perception of the other's experience. It was concluded that simulation theory is insufficient in providing an exhaustive approach for the professional use of empathy in social work practice and education.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2017.1284629 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/104377... (external link to publication)
Publisher Taylor & Fracis
Host/Issue Journal of Social Work Education;
ISSN 1043-7797
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22689 Permalink to this page
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