A recent research study suggests that persons living together outside of marriage do not view social work services as a potential source of help for problems brought into the living together arrangement, those common to all intimate long-range dyadic relationships or those directly related to choice of lifestyle. A multi-faceted approach is suggested which would aim at reaching this potential client group in a climate which will neither stigmatize or judge the alternate lifestyle or the persons who practice it.
Weinbach, Robert W.; Blankenship, Anne C.; Friedman, Sarah M.; Rutledge, Judy C.; and Thompson, Claudia A.
"The Living Together Arrangement: Social Work and the Lost Client,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 3
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol3/iss5/10