I reflect the search for simple cures for difficult

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i.Reflect the search for “simple cures for difficult social problems”ii.governments look for a simple approach and when it doesn’t work look fora new simple solution or continue to use the one that has failediii.example- war on drugs9.Characteristics of multiproblem familiesBroad array of problemsMultiple risks: psychological, developmental, social, economic, legalOften have longstanding social service involvementLack coping skillsThink only in present terms (immediate needs)Problems located: within family, between fam and caseworker, within the caseworkSeveral years of intervention; hardest social work- require home visits/ close monitoring10.Characteristics of multisystemic therapyIndividualized based on risk/ protective factors in the familyEmphasize present/ futurefocus on family strengths
based on 9 MST principlesex: parent training, CBT, communication skills, family therapyassumptions of family therapy:i.client’s problematic behavior may serve a function/ purpose for the familyii.be a function of the family’s inability to operate productively, especially during developmental transitionsiii.be a symptom of dysfunctional patterns handed down across generations11.Implications of human rights lens to family policySocial policy- system of interrelated principles and actions that influence the well-being of members of a societyFamily policy- everything the government does to our families; essentially a social policy i.Implicit (indirect; most federal policy; tax policy)ii.Explicit (direct; most state/local; divorce/marriage policy)Most important and basic human rights- enables access to what?i.Universal declaration of human rightsii.Legal and ethical mandates to help humans meet their needs- psychological, emotional, social, spiritual, and biologicaliii.5 core human rights1.Human right to dignity 2.Nondiscrimination3.Civil and political rights4.economic, social, and cultural rights5.solidarity rightsiv.seek to understand how family policies address risks and promote resilience among families and how policies promote social justice more broadlyExplicit goals and unintended consequences of marriage proportioni.Look at marriage equality as a solution to some social problems- teen pregnancy, non-marital births, single parenting, and povertyii.Unintended consequence- persistent poverty rates bc they take funds awayfrom already established programs; no evidence that is strengthens family relations/ resiliency iii.By promoting hetero marriage as an anti-poverty strategy, we systematically exclude people who chose not to marry, the unmarriageable, and people who cannot legally marry1.Further marginalize at risk families and fail to uphold human rights2.Disenfranchise people to a right to establish a family that is recognized by the state and federal governments 12.

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