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Pandemic: A Crisis for Social Work

Pandemic: A Crisis for Social Work
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Author(s): Zeynep Aca (Bandırma Onyedi Eylül Üniversitesi, Turkey)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 22
Source title: Handbook of Research on Policies, Protocols, and Practices for Social Work in the Digital World
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Fahri Özsungur (Mersin University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7772-1.ch011

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Abstract

COVID-19 appeared in Wuhan, China's Hubei Province in December 2019, and human beings have faced a global crisis resulting from spreading the virus across the world, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Social work has become one of the fields that the pandemic has disproportionately damaged the most with its severe consequences in every respect. In this context, the study aims to reveal the impacts of the pandemic on social work comprehensively. These impacts are discussed under four topics: increasing inequalities (economic, healthcare, access to services, digital divide, and education), changing services due to lockdowns, social well-being (impacts of economic changes, unpaid labor, and lockdowns and social isolation on social well-being), and ethical dilemmas.

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