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The Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) model has been used across the globe to engage communities in proactive action however the interpersonal dimensions of this process have not been explored in great detail. The ABCD model often focuses solely on the macro environment with little attention being given to the micro environment. However Relational-cultural Theory, most often used in interpersonal relationships, can be utilized to create growth fostering relationships which bridge the gap between community changes and interpersonal changes. Through a meta-analysis of Academic Search Complete, ERIC, psych ARTICLES, psych INFO, Social Work Abstracts, Soc INDEX with Full Text, and Women’s Studies International, the authors hope to elucidate the nature of this model and theory as it applies to practice and how these theories can best be used to complement each other in clinical and community practice. Often social workers have their feet in both of these fields without a sturdy bridge between them. By combining these concepts, practitioners may be able to confidently serve their communities by helping to promote client growth by building trusting relationships and developing community partnerships in a positive manner.
Rosane Cavalcante Fragoso, Brasil
Chief Scientific Officer and Head of a Research Group
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