The reality of social work is that of a job that handles familial strife and complications in a very difficult and demanding career. I interviewed Freddy L. Wilson an educated individual who has a bachelors’ in sociology from Fisk University and Masters’ in social work from Howard University and has years of career experience dealing with abuse. In his long career, he has worked in probation, children services, hospice, and as a medical social worker. In my interview with Mr. Wilson, he chose to specifically talk to me about his 9 years working at the San Bernardino County family reunification. Through our conversation, I gained knowledge on the way that the government handle both victims and perpetrators of child abuse. My interviewee has …show more content…
Wilson stated that the causation of child abuse is multifaceted relating to the background of the parent. He mentioned individual and sociological causation such as stress, drugs and alcohol, and the ignorance of raising a child. In regards to stress, he mentioned the community and factors of location and lack of resources. This connected well to the sociological theory of child abuse specifically resource theory that relates to the lack of control by those who are economically disadvantaged and lack of alternatives to punish creating the environment for abuse (Loseke, 43). Drugs and alcohol were another causation that he brought up as a reason for abuse. The substance abuse theory has been a disputed claim as a cause of child abuse. As stated, “Although it would be convenient to blame substance abuse as the cause of family violence, to do so would be to overlook all the interlocking dynamics that are both involved in both substance abuse and family violence” (Wallace, 24). Nonetheless, he did mention substance abuse as a factor of child abuse that he witnessed personally in his career. The last aspect he mentioned which I found interesting was generational ignorance of the family. The lack of knowledge to raise a child has a role in an abusive household, and it continues from parent to child. In class, we were taught that most abused children do not grow to be abusers, but some do and they were most likely abused themselves by their parents (Notes January 25). The …show more content…
In this regard, he was against the factor of isolation, as there needs to be a role by the community and family to prevent family violence. The factor of Isolation is stated as, “The concept of the privacy of the family coupled with isolation, diminishes outside social control, lessens input from others, and increases opportunity for violence,” (Wallace, 20). When mentioning the family, he stated that parents could take drugs and drink all they want, as long as they had a support system like a family member taking care of the child they would be responsible. Mr. Wilson does not obviously condone substance abuse, but he was stating that there needed to be outside forces besides the immediate family as support like a grandparent or an aunt or uncle. He also mentioned schools as a role of prevention. He stated that he does not necessarily agree with all the responsibilities we are asking schools (as he believes we are asking them to raise our children) but they do have an important role in noticing abuse in the household and reporting it. Prevention, in this case, is to remain vigilant and to have resources for family abuse not to
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In the book Five Little Indians, Michelle good presents the ideas of coping and the strategies that people use to deal with abuse through characterization in order to show how the assimilation method failed, ultimately illustrating that residential schools did not benefit indigenous people, it only served to hurt them and start a cycle of intergenerational trauma that is still present today. Throughout FIve Little Indians you can see each character and their different coping mechanisms for dealing with the trauma that they were put through as kids. One coping mechanism that is seen in more than one person is substance abuse. Both Kenny and Maisie are seen abusing substances as a way of dealing with trauma that they have gained from residential
Nor is there any single description that captures all families in which children are victims of abuse and neglect” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children 's Bureau, 2003). Research has recognized that there are numerous risk factors or characteristics parents or caregivers may show or have experienced that could increase the likelihood of child maltreatment, e.g., financial instability, participation in social service programs, family factors such as: age, personality, substance abuse, history of maltreatment stress, domestic violence; environmental factors and disabilities (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children 's Bureau, 2003 & 2015). Because of the data, these commonalities are able to be precursors leading up to child abuse or maltreatment but many times it is hard to measure the severity of them and therefore they may end up undetected (U.S DHHSA
She established that there was in fact a problem, having exposure to aggression as a child can lead to violent lifestyles in adulthood. In addition she established that adopting the resolution would remedy the problem. If we were to adopt the resolution this would lead to less exposure to violence in children, which would lead to a less violent generation for our future creators and leaders, therefore resulting in a decrease in violent outcomes in the future. This outweighs the benefits of not adopting the
In the same article it was also stated that, “Researchers found that childhood maltreatment was a risk factor for officially recognized delinquency, violent self-reported delinquency and moderate self-reported delinquency. Overall, child maltreatment appeared to be a risk factor for more serious delinquency, such as assaults, but not lesser forms of delinquency, such as underage drinking.” Another form of juvinile behavior they partake in, often tends to lead to drug abuse. They grew up with it being okay to hit someone just for the sake of it. They become used to the idea that these things are normal and they rarely look to see what the consequences of their actions will be in the near future.
Similar to miscarried expression of anger, self-medication is way to cope with abuse. Lastly, unrealistic parental expectations cause children to act a certain way. For example, no matter what the child does, it is never good enough in the eyes of their parents. Another example is a child becoming the
Abuse is another thing that has been linked, to problems in a child 's development. The earlier abuse and neglect occur in a child 's life the more severe the impact. Furthermore, the stage of development, while the abuse occurs will influence the type and severity of the consequences. Additionally, the more chronic and long lasting the abuse and neglect, the more harmful it is. When the abuse and neglect are caused, by parents or another significant figure a child, becomes confused because their supposed source of safety is the source of their harm.(Frederico 343).
It is said that children who are mistreated by their parents and learned aggressive behaviors through social interaction went on to express these behaviors later in life and in their intimate relationships (Ehrensaft, Cohen, Brown, Smailes, Chen & Johnson, 2003). There is no doubt that witnessing and experiencing violence firsthand can increase one’s tolerance for violence and puts one at a greater risk for exhibiting the same behaviors as an adult. The intergenerational transmission of violence hypothesis also shows that childhood experiences from abuse or witnessing domestic
The short documentary “Child of Rage” presents an example of how experiencing abuse as a child can shape the child later in life and how some children can recover. The intrafamilial abuse that Beth experienced as a one year old affected her behavior later in her childhood when she was adopted. Beth was also able to recover from some of the effects of the child abuse she experienced once she was separated from her adoptive family and taken to a special home. Beth experienced intrafamilial abuse at the hands of her biological father after her mother passed away when she was one.
It is a combination of existing knowledge and newly acquired knowledge that allows us to make assumptions in order to realize reasonably foreseeable outcomes. It is only in the realms of science, physics and mathematics that the repeated application of a single theory will return a consistent result indefinitely. However, in the social work disciplines, the repeated application of a single theory may very well result in chaos and mayhem due simply to the addition of the vagaries and subjectifies of human behavior - individual realism and personality.
Erasmus Mundus Master in Social Work with Families and Children 4th edition - 2016-2018 1st Semester Name: Rojika Maharjan 1. Social work has evolved with different “theories in social work”; either concepts derived from other social sciences such as psychology or sociology or “theories for social work” which are the core philosophy of social work practice specified to give a professional purpose and approach to practice (Healy, 2014). a) Regarding the context of children and families, system theory and strength theory are appropriate. i)
Social and Mental Developmental skills of Children Placed out of Homes Jemeila Arrington-Dunn Social Work Research, Coppin State University School of Behavioral and Social Sciences Abstract In the Social Work practice it is common to take children from dangerous and neglectful environments. Children are placed in foster care when a child protective services worker and a court have resolute that it is not safe for the child to continue at home because of a hazard of ill-treatment, including negligence and physical or sexual abuse. The goal of out of home placements is to place these children in stable healthy environments where they are allowed to thrive both mentally and socially.
Child abuse is, thus, the outcome of having cultured or experienced dysfunctional childcare practices, or not having learned these practices. For instance, someone may have violent behavior because he or she has learned it from other aggressive role models, thus they will rely on such ways to discipline their own children as punishment. Though this is theory takes into accounts the importance of the development of an adult, it could not explain why although boys and girls are likely to be abused, still men are mostly represented among the offenders. It could not suffer any abuse become abuser (CORBY, 1993; 2000; BROUGHAM, 1997; BROWNE, 1995; DEACON AND GOCKE,
Victims are physically abused, mentally abused, denied food, and often forced to take drugs in order to make them more dependent and easier to control. (CITE). This causes lasting psychological damage. They are separated from family, friends, and all familiar surroundings, and often kept in isolation.
Social work can be described as work that is carried out by qualified personnel to help improve the situation those suffering from social depravation. Social has many different types of fields of practice such as social workers involved in substance abuse, medical/public health, child welfare, mental health and working with aboriginals. Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society, being subjected to abuse such as psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and trauma. In fact, in a study conducted from 2013-2014 in Australia alone the researchers found that 198,966 children were suspected of being harmed or at risk of neglect and abuse (child family community Australia, 2015). Due to these factors Child welfare and