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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 System’s theory Name of theorist Ludwig von Bertalanffy What are the major assumptions of the theory? The model assumes that the attempt to maintain the appropriate amount of security, arousal, and autonomy for the need in specific regulations of the distance to social partners. What are the theory’s key concepts? The main concept of Systems theory is the belief or the statement that an individual’s behavior is influenced by a variety of factors that work together as a system. What is the theory’s focus or unit of analysis? A person’s parents, friends, education status, class, environment and other social factors influence how a person thinks and acts. What is the theory’s overall explanation for the cause of problems? Systems theory suggests that when there is a problem with one component in the system that we cannot isolate that component but take a holistic approach and view the whole system to understand what the problem could be. Application to a Case Study <Tiffani Bradley> Directions: For each section, respond to the following prompts. Where relevant, provide citations to support your claims. In 1 to 2 sentences, how does the theory define the client’s presenting problem? Systems theory takes into consideration all possible sources of the problem and examines each individually and what role they play in the system. Ms. Bradley’s presenting issue is that she is wondering
if she should be reunited with her family or if she will return to her pimp, Donald. Tiffany has a history of running

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