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Dealing with Stress tackles the advanced problems with strain and tension in social paintings. It covers facets of analysis and thought yet its major concentration is on perform - the sensible software of an educated method of rigidity administration. It presents tips for managers and practitioners and promotes a good, yet sensible, method of dealing with the pressures of an career which bargains with human distress, loss, discomfort, oppression and deprivation. In doing this, it takes account of the dilemmas, conflicts and tensions inherent within the social paintings function and the political and organisational contexts during which they ensue.

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Role stress is characterised by tension, low morale and communication difficulties (see Handy, 1985). This is a good example of how stress is not simply a matter of individual pathology (that is, a low tolerance of pressure) but also has a strong organisational dimension, in so far as the role structure of an organisation can play a major part. 20 Dealing with Stress Role stress can be seen as very much part and parcel of social work. All four examples cited above can no doubt easily be recognised within the social work world.

This occurs when someone is expected to play too many roles. Role stress is characterised by tension, low morale and communication difficulties (see Handy, 1985). This is a good example of how stress is not simply a matter of individual pathology (that is, a low tolerance of pressure) but also has a strong organisational dimension, in so far as the role structure of an organisation can play a major part. 20 Dealing with Stress Role stress can be seen as very much part and parcel of social work.

Support systems- the range of supports, both formal and informal, which can be drawn upon. 1 The three dimensions of stress STRESSORS COPING METHODS Most texts on the subject of stress tend to focus on 1 and 2. but have little or nothing to say on the subject of 3. For example, Looker and Gregson (1989) regard support simply as one coping method amongst others. When viewed from a management perspective, the relative neglect of this dimension is particularly significant. It is also of particular significance when stress in social work is the topic under scrutiny, for social work is characterised by attempts to support other people under stress and in distress.

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