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Social Role and Personality

Persona is the Latin word for the mask used in Greek drama with which the actor assumed his role and defined his identity. Perlman analyzes the way in which adult roles assumed in work, marriage, and parenthood continue to shape human personality. Referring to Freud’s definition of maturity as the ability to love and to work, she discusses how a person makes himself known through the roles involved in loving and working, what expectations a person brings to each role, and what personal changes can come about through the demands of being a worker, marriage partner, and parent.

256 pages | © 1968

Social Work

Table of Contents

Part One: Some Forewords and Afterthoughts
Part Two: Some Theoretical Speculations
1. Adulthood and Personal Change
2. Social Role and the Adult Personality
Part Three: Some Perspectives on Vital Roles
3. Work
4. Marriage
5. Parenthood
Part Four: Some Practical Considerations
6. Role Ambiguity—Some Common Problems
7. Intake and Some Role Considerations
8. Identity Problems, Role, and Casework Treatment
9. Role and Help to Troubled Adults

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