This article focuses on the goal of the social workers to support the personal development of the client. The purpose of the article is to demonstrate that this goal often cause big problem for the clients, who usually do not describe a need for personal development themselves. With a point of departure in a symbolic interactionist perspective, the author demonstrates that there are typically a number of external social circumstances causing the social workers to concentrate their efforts around this goal. Thus, an essential point in the article is that the problematic interaction between the social worker and the client can be explained (and improved) by focusing on the context of the social work. Among other things, this context is defined by an unequal relationship that defines the meeting between the client and the social worker.  

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