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COVID-19 in the UAE: Social Work, Human Rights, and Mental Health

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The paper adds to a growing body of social work research that examines service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advent and spread of COVID-19 is a global phenomenon and social work is a global profession. Yet context is important, and the pandemic was experienced differently, as the literature on inequality has shown. Narratives of social workers in their own contexts illuminate differences and similarities and provide leads for practice in a future which many predict has forever changed. This paper is derived from qualitative interviews with ten social workers across three fields of practice in the United Arab Emirates and focuses on mental health issues from a human rights perspective.

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Correspondence to Abdulaziz Albrithen.

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Appendix: Participant Questions

Appendix: Participant Questions

  • Does COVID-19 change the way of practicing Social work? Please specify the way either positively or negatively? and explain how?

  • How does the pandemic affect the 'professional 'relationship' with your clients?

  • How does the pandemic affect the stage of 'gathering 'information' from your clients and their surrounded environment?

  • How does the pandemic affect the stage of 'assessment/'diagnoses' with your clients?

  • How does the pandemic affect the stage of '''treatment' with your clients?

  • How do you compare your practice outcomes during COVID-19 and before the pandemic?

  • Do you think that your clients are less or more satisfied with your practice during COVID-19? How? and Why?

  • Is there anything can be learned from the COVID-19 experience that can guide Social work into the future?

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Albrithen, A., Briskman, L. & Qummouh, R. COVID-19 in the UAE: Social Work, Human Rights, and Mental Health. J. Hum. Rights Soc. Work 9, 304–316 (2024).

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