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casework1

or case work

[keys-wurk]
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noun
  1. the work of investigation, advice, supervision, etc., by social workers or the like, in cases handled by them.
  2. Sociology. a close study of psychological and sociological factors in the history of an individual or family in unfavorable circumstances, with a view to improving personal and family conditions.
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Origin of casework1

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  • But she may not understand and yet may rebel and carry her difficulty to the case-work agency.

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  • All case-work agencies have had to grapple with the problem of families suffering this deprivation.

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  • In Brooklyn the visiting housekeepers are not employed by the case-work agencies, but are student volunteers from Pratt Institute.

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  • Eleven case-work agencies did employ foreign-born or foreign-speaking visitors.

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  • These have been some of the fundamental difficulties in the relationship between the case-work agency and the immigrant family.

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British Dictionary definitions for case-work

casework

noun
  1. social work based on close study of the personal histories and circumstances of individuals and families
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Derived Formscaseworker, noun
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Word Origin and History for case-work

n.

1896, from case (n.1) in the clinical sense work (n.). Related: Case-worker (1909).

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