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Running head: EVALUATING SOCIAL SYSTEM STRUCTURESEvaluating Social System StructuresGrand Canyon University: SOC 386February 2, 2020 1
EVALUATING SOCIAL SYSTEM STRUCTURESEvaluating Social System StructuresA social system is a set of elements that can be thought of as a unit. Each member of the system plays an important role that keeps the system balanced. Crossman (2017) describes it as the whole being more than the sum of its parts; meaning that each member and their roles create a whole unit that is known as a system. Each system follows structures that enable it to remain healthy and with few problems. There are eight primary structures according to Dale and Smith (2013) which are: boundaries, suprasystem, interface, input, proposed output, conversion operations, output, and feedback. These structures, along with strengths perspective intervention,are important for social workers to focus on when evaluating a case because it helps aid the client’s needs.In each system there is a boundary that serves to define a sense of identity, control the exchanges a system has with its environment, and to provide the roles that the members of the system play. In the Ramirez family case, their Mexican heritage is their boundary. It is through their heritage that they created a tradition of teaching their children how to cook traditional