Computerization of social services: a critical appraisal

J. T. Pardeck, J. W. Murphy, K. Callaghan

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This article presents an analysis of ethics and computerization of social services. Drawing from the work of Baudrillard, the article suggests that social existence is redefined by the worldview that accompanies computerization. The authors conclude that practitioners have an ethical obligation to protect the human element when social services are computerized. Suggestions are offered for accomplishing this important goal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
JournalScandinavian Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994


  • Computer Age
  • computerization: dualism
  • ethics
  • social service delivery
  • theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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