This essay’s aims are to evaluate the contribution of a qualitative approach to friendship. I will discuss how different approaches studying friendship have been developed and how the findings influenced our understanding of friendships. Also, my focus will be on the benefits of quantitative and qualitative approaches and the limits of using qualitative methods for understanding friendship. In this paper, I will focus on two major
It is found that applying theory to practice may not always lead to the right conclusion, thus it establishes a precise approach to the social work process. The problem with choosing a particular point of view is that, whilst no particular theory is absolute, but when impartially applied, almost any can be used as theories as they are dynamic and always
The social work profession, was based on values that contributed not only to its own professional development and to helping different service user groups, but also to the development of societies in general.
As part of my developmental learning for final year of social work is my emerging practice framework. A practice framework is designed as a tool for practitioners (Connolly, 2006). It is a statement about how I will practice as an emerging social worker. This semester I will work on this document throughout my final placement. This critical reflection on practice will identify and critically analyse the building blocks of my emerging practice framework, as evidenced through my own practice. It will document and analyse my engagement of social work practice from my placement experience.
In the past and present, there is hesitation among practitioners in social work to adapt theory and research because they feel that the reference to theory is the loss of connection with reality when practicing social work.
This is difficult process and should be coupled with use of theoretical approaches. Adams et al (2008) advocates that social workers need to use an eclectic approach to their practice by selecting different elements from theories in order to produce one approach appropriate for the individual’s needs. Epstein (1992) suggests that to overcome the limitations of theories continuous reflection and debate is vital to incorporate complex
Healy (2014) demonstrates that social work is a negotiated activity because we have to balance between meeting organisational demands, dealing with immediate risks but also think about long term consequences of the decisions that we make, such as the attachment of the child to their family and sense of belonging. Social workers also need to understand and respond to the ‘person in their environment’ (Healy, 2014, p.13). This means their immediate environment, social institutions and policies are integral to understand the person’s context. However, we are increasingly detached from political dimensions of practice and have been placing more emphasis on the individual (Reisch and Jani, 2012). Healy (2014) claims that the contextual nature of
In this paper, I will assess my identity and my personal history and how it relates to social work professions. I first address my personal history and cultural background, where I came from, as well as my experience in working in the community. I then talk about my overall strengths, both in personal and professional lives. My strengths are listening skills, open-mindedness, respect for diversity and eagerness to learn and improve my weaknesses. Afterward, I discuss my weaknesses, such as nonassertive communication skill and low self-esteem problems, and how I plan to address these issues. Next, I explain why I seek a BSW degree, how my personal values align with the professional values, and how it is related to my interest in working in the
In our practice as social workers, we are urged to view and understand human behavior as a set of complex interactions between individuals and their environment. This is known as the person-in-environment framework. This framework encourages us to acknowledge the influence of environment on our lives and provides a beneficial framework to think about and understand human behavior (Hutchinson, 2017). Understanding our work from this perspective allows us to approach our clients from a multi-dimensional stance, taking into consideration how various factors, including but not limited to, race, class, age and gender create individual identity and shapes an individual’s experience in the context of
Social care practice takes place in the shared life space, where experiences, perspectives, feelings, emotions and beliefs are fussed and in the process of meeting service user’s needs, social care practitioners needs to be aware of the dynamics and position of referent power which they occupy over the vulnerable
Social workers are dedicated to helping others, and overall improving a communities well-being. Through this profession various approaches are articulated and practiced to uplift, and improve the most vulnerable populations. The most popular perspectives are the strengths perspective, Feminist, and Ecological. Through these perspectives they all give unique insight towards the same issue. Social workers exercise all perspectives, as one may work better than another in diverse circumstances. Through the strengths social workers find a positive to overpower the negative. Feminist Perspective focuses on the inequality in gender, and the oppression of woman, and their relationships with the surrounding world. In relation, the ecological perspective is one that focuses on the relationships and environment that influence the individual.
The research article, “ Perceptions of patient-provider communication in breast and cervical cancer-related care: A qualitative study of low-income English and Spanish- speaking women. The article is qualitative study because its aim is to explore perceptions of Spanish-speakers who experience a experience a combination of patient-provider language concordance and discordance through the care continuum. It uses direct quotations of the participants to explain its findings. Melissa Simon, Daiva Ragas, Narissa Nonzee, Ava Phisuthikul , Thanh Luu, XinQi Dong, who are the authors of article, collected and analyzed the data. Therefore, which makes it a primary sources. This paper will summarize the article; analyze
A cross-sectional qualitative study using purposive sampling to select children of differing ages was conducted. One researcher with a history in qualitative studies interviewed the 32 children participating in the study. The researcher held practice interviews with a colleague with experience interviewing children. When possible children were interviewed in their home, although 3 of the children were interviewed in a hospital setting. Interviews lasted between 17 and 90 minutes.
It is not possible for one person to comprehend the world as perceived by another person. The absolute closest we can come to this is to use our own imagination and compare our own experiences as a guide - empathy. Enter theory. Theory gives us the launching pad for action. It is a single starting point for all social work practitioners regardless of their individual methodological preferences. Howe (1987, p48) states, "The loud claim is that practice is saturated with theory no matter how much the social worker speaks of [their] simple reliance on commonsense or intuition. Each theory and its associated practice holds assumptions about people and their society .......". However, theory still remains our most valuable agent in facilitating acceptable if not positive outcomes. The nature of social work is in a constant state of flux and what was suitable or successful yesterday may not be today although past theories still have a valid place in our reckoning. There is a constant flow of new and more complex issues introducing themselves to society every day and often, theory will be the only tools available to us as a means of
In this assignment, I am going to analyze a qualitative research, by following the systematic critiquing research. With the increasing use of grounded theory in nursing research, attention is now focusing on the quality of studies using this research methodology (Elliot & Lazenbatt). The aim of this is to determine the author (s) writing style, the statement of phenomenon of interest, how he used literature review to support his argument and ethical consideration of the participants in the study.