Volume 16, Issue 4 (1987)
Enabling and Empowering Families: Conceptual and Intervention Issues
Carl J. Dunst, Carol M. Trivette
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to examine what it means to be empowered, how different helping models either promote or inhibit a sense of empowerment, and how professionals might intervene in ways that promote the acquisition of self-sustaining and adaptive behavior that reflect a sense of empowerment. An enabling model of helping and a set of intervention principles are proposed that professionals can employ to increase the likelihood of children and families becoming empowered as part of help seeking and help giving exchanges.
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