Has to be APA format and there isn’t strict guidelines on the word count or how many pages, just as long as all the topics are addressed.
Assignment B: Problems in Living Paper
In order to complete this assignment, you need to choose one of the following family crises or
“problems in living”:
1. Families and physical health crisis.
2. Families and mental health crisis.
3. Families and poverty.
4. Families and loss (death, natural disaster, war, displacement, refugees, school/job
5. Families and stress (unemployment, abuse, substance abuse).
6. Families and challenges of aging.
7. Family violence.
8. Interpersonal conflict within families (sibling abuse, sexual abuse,
9. Social justice (gender role equity, hostile working environments, union strikes).
Find and read at least 8 articles from books and peer reviewed professional journals addressing
this assignment. At least four of the 8 sources should be articles from peer reviewed professional
social work journals (or closely related disciplines). The paper should follow the format provided
below and contain the noted information.
The purpose of this section is to set the stage for the paper. Briefly tell your audience the purpose
of this paper and what it will cover.
Summarize the current literature and research on the chosen topic. Be sure to provide a general
overview of the problem (prevalence, impact, etiology) and its impact on families. You also need
to discuss coping mechanisms used by families to deal with the problem or situation. Finally, be
sure to discuss the relationship between race/ethnicity and the social problem and its impact on the
family system. It will be helpful to organize the information using subheadings.
Identify and explain three theories, which might explain the existence of the problem. For
example, if your problem is “family violence”, choose theories addressing the causes and
explanations of violence within the family.
Critique each of the three theories identified in the previous section. Use the following questions to
guide your critique:
1. Is the theory based on research?
2. Does the theory explain only causation for certain types of families?
3. Does the theory apply to ethnic minorities and other special populations?
4. Would it apply to rural families?
5. Are there some factors for which the theory does not account?
Once you have critiqued the three theories, you need to answer the following questions:
1. Which theory it the most plausible? Why?
2. Which is the least feasible? Why?
Relevance to Generalist Social Work Practice
In this section, you need to discuss the usefulness of the three theories identified above to a
generalist social work practitioner. Include in your discussion the impact of social work values and
ethics on selection and integration of these theories in generalist practice. You also need to identify
two ways in which a generalist social worker might intervene with a family that is experiencing the
Briefly summarize the main points of your paper. Be sure to include the points that you want the
audience to remember.
The assignment will be evaluated based on its adherence to the above guidelines, as well as the
following criteria: 1) demonstration of critical thinking skills, 2) ability to organize and clearly
present the information, 3) writing skills (such as grammar and punctuation), and 4) adherence to
APA guidelines. The assignment is worth a total of 100 points, including 10 points for
grammar, organization, and APA.
You must submit the assignment to D2L no later than 11 am on the due date for the assignment.
The assignment will be considered late until it has been submitted to the appropriate D2L dropbox.
Please refer to the course schedule for the due date.
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