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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 General Systems Theory Name of theorist According to (Turner, 2011) Ludwig Von Bertalanffy is the theorist and developer of the general systems theory. What are the major assumptions of the theory? What are the theory’s key concepts? What is the theory’s focus or unit of analysis?
What is the theory’s overall explanation for the cause of problems?

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