Comparing Individual-Related and Structural/Cultural-Related Theories

Comparing Individual-Related and Structural/Cultural-Related Theories

 

All theories, more or less, can be dissected into different dimensions. In other words, all theories will tell you something about the focus or unit of analysis. It will identify the major or key concepts. It will also point to the definition and the cause of the problem. This would then guide how the social worker assesses and intervenes because the theory will also articulate the role of the social worker and how change occurs.

 

Use this handout for the Week 2 Discussion. Select a theory that focuses on the individual and a theory that focuses on the structural or cultural level. Fill out the table to help you complete your Discussion.

 

  Individual-Related Theory Structural/Cultural- Related Theory
Name of theory    
Name of theorist    
Focus or unit of analysis

 

   
Key concepts or terms    
Explanation of the cause of the problem    
Explanation of how change occurs or how client improves    
Appropriate goals for clients    
Role of the social worker

 

   
Focal point in assessment

 

   
Focal point in interventions    
Specific practice intervention strategies

 

 

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