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Citizenship Social Work With Older People

Malcolm Payne

Publication Date - 01 July 2012

ISBN: 9780190615260

208 pages
5.9 x 8.9 inches

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In this book, Payne illustrates society's inclination to discount and disregard older people and encourages readers to combat their personal biases to improve service care for older adults. Citizenship Social Work with Older People emphasizes the importance of older people being fully recognized as complete members of society (as citizens) by others and particularly by social work practitioners.

This book actively challenges current theories of aging that foster ideas about the exclusion of older people, and promotes the idea of older people being considered functional citizens and deserving equal treatment during later stages of life. The author provides readers with many valuable resources including case examples and suggestions for how social workers can change their own ideologies about older people, which further aid practitioners in providing quality care and improving the quality of life of their clients.


  • Reflective questions at the end of each chapter
  • Exercises that promote exploration of values, beliefs, attitudes, and biases
  • Internet resources describing trends and approaches to practice

About the Author(s)

Malcolm Payne (PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University) is a policy and development adviser at St. Christopher's Hospice in London and visiting professor at Opole University in Poland. He has done work in advocacy for children in the public care system and teamwork and management consultancy in social care. He continues to play a significant role in international social work teaching around the globe, working on projects in Russia, China, Japan, and Eastern Europe.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Exploring Aging and Older People's Lives
    Chapter 2: Integrating Older People and Their Services
    Chapter 3: Social Provision for Older People
    Chapter 4: Social Work Skills with Older People
    Chapter 5: Critical Practice with Older People
    Chapter 6: Creative Practice with Older People
    Chapter 7: Group and Macro Practice with Older People
    Chapter 8: Social Exclusion Issues