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Talibra Saures . .Worksheet: Dissecting a Theory and Its Application to a Case Study Most theories can be dissected and analyzed. All theories will tell you something about their focus or unit of analysis. A theory will identify its major or key concepts. It will also point to the definition of the problem and its cause. This then guides how the social worker assesses and intervenes, because the theory will also articulate the role of the social worker and how change occurs. Basic Assumptions of the Theory Directions: For each section, respond in 2 to 3 sentences to the following prompts. Where relevant, provide citations to support your claims. Name of theory The name of the theory is General System Theory. Name of theorist Ludwig von Bertalanffy is the name of the theorist. What are the major assumptions of the theory? According to Dent and Stuart (1998), there are eight underlying assumptions in systems theory known as observation, causality, reflexivity, self-organization, determinism, environment, relationships, and holism. What are the theory’s key concepts? Identifying interactions and relationships with different systems to understand the individual within the context of their ecosystem. What is the theory’s focus or unit of analysis? The unit of analysis is the individual within the systems that contributes to their life rather its good or bad.

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