Case study

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Sociology 2

Social Work: Case Study Analysis

Social Work: Case Study Analysis

Question Five

Several factors influence the understanding of social work. Failure to consider these factors may result in conflicts. Therefore, as a social worker, it is important to consider these factors. Social work involves dealing with people. The lives of these people are affected by various factors. A social worker is expected to understand the various factors affecting the people. The factors can either be social, historical, cultural, economic and political. A social worker must, therefore, develop an understanding of each of the factors. Each of the factors impacts a social worker understanding of social work.

Historical factors imply to events that happened in the past. These events play a vital role in the understanding of social work. For a social worker to work effectively, then, he/she should have information about historical events. He/she should have an understanding of what happened in the past. However, if a social worker does not have information on the past events, then, he/she will not be able to work effectively. In the case scenario, the social worker lacks historical information about the hospital. He does not have information on how things work. The lack of historical knowledge about the hospital influences his social work. The social worker is caught up in a dilemma; he does not know what to do in the given situation. However, the social worker inquired from a more experienced colleague. The experienced social worker explains to him what to do in such situations.

Social factors involve dealing with people. In the case scenario, the social worker is dealing with different people. These people include colleagues, patients, and the patients’ relatives. The social worker is, therefore, expected to know how to deal with these people. In the scenario, the social worker does not know how to handle the patient.

Cultural factors imply to people’s way of life. A social worker should understand the cultural diversity of different people. In the case scenario, the patient is an elderly indigenous woman. As such, the social worker should understand the culture of the patient.

Economic factors involve resources needed to facilitate social work. A social worker should have an understanding of the patient’s economic status. In the case scenario, the elderly woman’s family is unable to take care of her to home. Most probably, the family is unable to take care of her due to economic factors.

Political factors imply to the participation of government in social work. A social worker should understand how political factors influence social work. In the case scenario, the social worker should understand the legislations that guide such institutions.

The understanding of the various social work factors plays a vital role in addressing social justice and human rights issues. Firstly, a social worker can deal with different individuals. As such, the social work can understand the issues affecting individuals. Secondly, a social worker can deal with larger groups of people. The social worker understands the cultural diversity among the people. Thirdly, a social worker can address larger social, economic, cultural and political factors affecting people.

Question Six

In the case scenario, several assumptions and beliefs could have a negative impact on the work of the social worker. The assumption that people behave the same way is likely to have a negative impact on the work of the social worker. The social worker should not assume that people behave the same way. In the case scenario, there are different people, such as colleagues, patients and patients’ relatives. The social worker should not assume that these individuals are the same. Also, the assumption that a social worker knows what to do is likely to have a negative impact on the work of the social worker. In the case scenario, the social worker enquired from colleagues on how things are done, and he did not assume. As such, he was able to perform his work well.

A social worker’s beliefs could also have a negative impact on his/her work. In the case scenario, the social worker could have used his beliefs in dealing with the situation. For example, the social worker’s belief could be that elderly people should be respected and treated well. Based on his beliefs, the social worker could have decided to favor the elderly indigenous woman. Such beliefs could have a negative impact on the work of the social worker. In hospitals, each patient has equal rights. However, the social worker may decide to favor some patients based on his beliefs. Favoring one patient over others results to discrimination and a violation of human rights. Social workers should, therefore, not rely on their beliefs while at work.

Bibliography

O’Connor, I., Wilson, J., Setterlund, D., and Hughes, M., 2008, “Social work and human service practice,”