Ethical dilemmas in applying second-wave information technology to social work practice

Julie G. Cwikel, Ram A. Cnaan

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Social work practice is entering a new stage in the use of information technology.First-wave software was used primarily in administration and research and had little impact on direct practice.The second wave is characterized by modem databases, decision- support systems, expert systems, electronic networks, and therapeutic applications that have a greater impact on direct practice.This article assesses ethical dilemmas posed by the use of second-wave information technology in social work practice to encourage constructive adaptation to the coming technological change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-120
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1991
Externally publishedYes

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*Pax World Fund is the only mutual fund in the nation affiliated with a Foundation that, for eight years, has supported tree planting in areas of the deforested Third World.

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  • Sociology and Political Science


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