Children and Families Readings

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[u04s1] Unit 4 Study 1
Children and Families

Use your Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare text to read the following:

Chapter 9, “Social Work and Services for Children and Families,” pages 283–321.

Use the Capella University Library to complete the following:

Glassner, B. (2010). The culture of fear: Why Americans are afraid of the wrong things ​(Rev. ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books.
Read Chapter 3, “Monster Moms: On the Art of Misdirection,” pages 85–106.

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Optional Reading

The following optional article may be available in the Capella library:

Hall, R. E. (2012). The feminization of social welfare: Implications of cultural tradition vis-à-vis male victims of domestic violence. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 39(3), 7–27.

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[u04a1] Unit 4 Assignment 1
Social Work With Target Populations

Write a short paper (maximum three pages, double-spaced) choosing a population in our society that is viewed as disadvantaged or discriminated against, such as persons living in poverty, people with a disability, individuals with mental illness, immigrants, a minority ethnic or religious group, native peoples, children or youth, or members of the LGBT community.

How are social problems defined or viewed by society in relation to this population?
How are social justice issues framed in relation to this population?
What do social workers do when working with this population (this is a micro system perspective)? Explain and evaluate:
How do they assess needs, engage clients, and design and deliver interventions?
How do they validate their processes and practices (how do they know their interventions work)?
How do social beliefs influence the way this group or population is viewed and supported by the social work profession? (This is a macro system perspective.)
What is your appraisal of the relationship between the philosophical intentions of social work, the United States mindset regarding this population, and society in general?

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.
To successfully complete this assignment, you must meet the following requirements:

Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (sixth edition) style and formatting.
Number of resources: Minimum of 4 resources.
Length of paper: 3 pages, double-spaced, not counting cover page and references.
Font and font size: Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point.


Social Work With Target Populations Scoring Guide.
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How to Search the Library: The Basics.
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[u04d1] Unit 4 Discussion 1
Families and Children

For this discussion, answer the questions that follow. Consider the intentions and philosophy of social work when formulating your response. Provide examples to illustrate and references to support your claims. Rely on both your readings and the film as an intellectual foundation for your response and avoid giving your personal opinions based on any personal observations or experiences.

Why do families and children occupy a central place in social work?
How have social problems concerning families and children changed or remained stable over time?
What is the American mindset about families? How are families defined in American society, and how does this influence what social workers do with families?

Response Guidelines

Comment on responses from at least one learner. Continue the discussion by offering contrasting or alternative points of view. Rely on your own readings, interpretations, experiences to extend the conversation and impart new knowledge.

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

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