Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 187–203 | Cite as

A psychosocial view of social deviancy

  • Herbert S. Strean


By offering negative sanctions for certain types of behavior, a society preserves its stability and reaffirms its norms. What is labeled as “deviant” varies from social context to social context. The social worker should not be preoccupied with deviant behavior per se, but with the individual, himself. He should treat the deviant within the same metapsychological perspective that he utilizes for the treatment of any patient. He studies the patient's wishes, conflicts, and life story, and particularly focuses on where psychosexual maturation has been halted. Treatment of the deviant patient or client within a solid social work perspective seeks to offer a maturational experience.


Social Psychology Social Work Social Context Deviant Behavior Life Story 
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© Human Sciences Press 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert S. Strean
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkRutgers UniversityNew Brunswick

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