Empowerment: A Conceptual Discussion

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Empowerment: A Conceptual Discussion
Author(s) Tengland, Per-Anders
Date 2008
English abstract
The concept of ‘empowerment’ is used frequently in a number of professional areas, from psychotherapy to social work. But even if the same term is used, it is not always clear if the concept denotes the same goals or the same practice in these various fields. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the discussion and to find a plausible and useful definition of the concept that is suitable for work in various professions. Several suggestions are discussed in the paper, for example control over life or health, autonomy, ability, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and freedom, and it is concluded that there are two plausible complementary uses, one as a goal and one as a process or approach. Empowerment as a goal is to have control over the determinants of one’s quality of life, and empowerment as a process is to create a professional relation where the client or community takes control over the change process, determining both the goals of this process and the means to use.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10728-007-0067-3 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Health Care Analysis;2
Volume 16
ISSN 1065-3058
Pages 77-96
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Ability
Autonomy
Control
Freedom
Self-esteem
Health
Quality of life
Well-being
Humanities/Social Sciences
Philosophy
Social science
Public health
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/4522 (link to this page)

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