- 社会福祉学 (ISSN:09110232)
- vol.30, no.2, pp.64-84, 1989-11-01
This article is a proposal for the full cooperation of the profession of "psychology" and "social welfare" for the handicapped person through the mediation of philosophy and methodology of "behavior analysis. " From the standpoint of "radical behaviorism," which is the philosophy of "behavior analysis" founded by B.F. Skinner, every term or concept on handicapped person is a description of the interaction between individual and environment. Any behavioral service for those people, therefore, is a "adjustment" between individuals and their environments. In this context, if necessary, we must change their environments including the social systems. Behavioral approach, however, has been regarded as a procedure which changes only the client in the field of social casework. The reason of the misconception might be derived both from outside and inside of the framework of behavioral approach itself. For the full cooperation of behavior analyst and social caseworker, some new directions of method of "behavioral social casework" were discussed.