The main roles of social work are to promote social justice and enhance the quality of life of individuals and communities. Quality of life is determined by a number of things including individuals’ material circumstances, social relationships or sense of group belonging, and general health. Particularly important to quality of life is psychological health and, in particular, emotional well-being. Emotional well-being may be influenced by a range of broad environmental factors but is also a significant determinant of how one experiences or copes with circumstances throughout life. Given the great importance of emotional health to all individuals — social work clients, as well as social workers — we place particular emphasis on mental health and the body in this second part of the book.
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