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Fall 1974


The purpose of this paper is to examine parts of the social work curriculum in order to discover the various kinds of sexist bias present in the materials used in social work education. My intent is to give a sense of what these sexist biases might be by discussing some concrete illustrations from materials used in two basic social work courses, "human growth and development" and "family casework." The course on human growth and development is supposed to provide part of the crucial knowledge base that a social worker needs in order to formulate a psychosocial diagnosis and treatment plan. Two books are used as basic texts for this course in schools of social work throughout the country: Erik Erikson's classic Childhood and Society, and Theodore Lidz's The Person. In order to examine content on female growth and development, I will focus on both authors' treatment of adolescence.



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