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Ashley Hill September 13, 2020 SOCW 6060 Week 2 Assignment 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 Ecological System Theory Name of theorist Uri Bronfenbrenner What are the major assumptions of the theory? The way humans conduct there self can be clarified as a crossing point of various interrelated systems. When working with people, all partners are to be viewed as, for example, family issues, people, associations, and social orders. What are the theory’s key concepts? The ecological systems theory holds that we encounter different environments throughout our lifespan that may influence our behavior in varying degrees. These systems include the micro system, the mesosystem, the ecosystem, the macro system, and the chronosystem. What is the theory’s focus or unit of analysis? Ecological system’s focus is on the development of the child based on where they come from. The child’s environment has the greatest influence on their growth or development whether it be negative or positive. What is the theory’s overall explanation for the cause of problems? The overall explanation of ecological systems theory is that the family affects the overall growth and development of the child. “The entire system in which families function have to be considered” (Turner, 2017, p.244).

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