Parenting theories and beliefs have changed dramatically over a course of time. In earlier years marriage was a social norm while divorce was taboo and not accepted. In addition, having children out of wedlock was shunned upon. Individuals apart of the GI and Silent generations, between 1901 and 1945, believed that children should be born from married parents and that women were to stay home and provide care for them. It wasn’t until the era of the Baby Boomers, between 1946 and 1964, that divorce was deemed appropriate if an individual decided they were unhappy. Durin...
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...and the similarities between generations within the United States when providing services to individuals. Working effectively in a multi-generational society takes sensitivity to the difference which impacts an individual’s acceptance of the services that can be provided by a social worker. Social workers must be leery of stereotypes associated with a particular generational group. Each individual that is a part of a particular generation can not automatically be categorized as having all of the characteristics of that particular generation. For example, there may be some Generation X parents, women in particular, that believes in engaging in hands on parenting and forgoes working outside of the home. Social workers do not have to agree with the values of different generations, nevertheless they should strive to understand the mind-sets of different generations.
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