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Running head: EVALUATING SOCIAL SYSTEM STRUCTURESEvaluating Social System Structures Grand Canyon University: SOC-386February 1, 20191
EVALUATING SOCIAL SYSTEM STRUCTURES Evaluating Social System StructuresWhen evaluating the social system structures, you must take into consideration at the internal and external factors that are built upon an individual living within a group as well as looking at the roles and the behaviors being presented. In the chapter three, “The Strengths Perspective” in the textbook Applying Theory to Generalist Social Work Practice, there is a case example that is about a mom who is caring for her mother who was diagnosed with cancer along with her three children between that ages of four and five. Maria is also managing financial and other household responsibilities that have brought upon stress that she tends to take out on her children. There will be an evaluation of this case and how it relates to eight social system concepts, an example from the case for three of these elements will be presented, and an idea of an intervention from the strengths perspective that will help assist the family will also be presented. Case Evaluation with Concepts and Case Examples When working cases, there needs to be set boundaries between the client and the social worker. Boundary are considered as “living membranes that simultaneously connect and divide the system and the supersystem” (Dale & Smith, 2013, p. 47). It is stated in the textbook how a boundary provides three major functions which are “to define and help provide a sense of the social system’s identity, to control the internal and external exchanges that every system has withits environment, and to provide the overall definition of the roles that are to be played by those who include the social system” (Dale & Smith, 2013, p.47). When looking back at the case example we can see the client and social work boundaries when you would think the investigatorwould feel emotionally overwhelmed with everything Luisa is stating and may be discouraged about the circumstances. However, instead they are hopeful of the opportunity for growth and 2
EVALUATING SOCIAL SYSTEM STRUCTURES have to keep that social work mentality because they are there to help the mother and the family.