Social Work 2 - Systems Perspective: Important Concepts...

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Systems Perspective: Important Concepts Social environment: the conditions, circumstances, and interactions that encompass human beings Transactions: people communicating and interacting with others in their environments Energy: natural power of active involvement between people and their environments Adaptation: capacity to adjust to surrounding environmental conditions Concepts Continued Coping: form of adaptation that implies a struggle to overcome problems Interdependence: The mutual reliance of each person upon every other person Input: The energy, information, or communication flow received from other systems Output: What happens to input after it has been processed by some system Feedback: A special form of input that involves a system receiving information about its own performance Negative feedback: The system can choose to correct any deviations or mistakes and return to a more homeostatic state Positive feedback: A system receives information about what it is doing
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SOCWRK 1015 taught by Professor Rachelfusco during the Fall '11 term at Pittsburgh.

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