The historic concept of "friendly visitor" has blurred the distinction of professional and personal in worker/client relationships. Current social trends and social problems as well as recent theory applications in practice have made these distinctions harder to identify and maintain. Role theory can be used to analyze behavioral indicators of objective and subjective components of relationship.
Munson, Carlton E. and Balgopal, Pallassana
"The Worker/Client Relationship: Relevant Role Theory,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 5
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol5/iss3/9