Tutor profile: Jordan C.
Discuss how your views on ethics align with those of the NASW (Social Work) Code of Ethics.
The essence that human nature is fundamentally captured through one’s innate behaviors and environmental needs has been hypothesized for many years. As I expanded my knowledge with a closely examined philosophical mindset, I believe that human nature is one’s ability to feel in control of one’s own life, to feel empowered through one’s mental capabilities, and to feel confident with one’s feelings and actions. Within the preamble of the National Association of Social Workers, it states that “the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to…people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” The advocacy of social workers for unrepresented, marginalized, and vulnerable groups similarly supports my own personal values and beliefs. Creating and maintaining a solid foundation – built on the values of social justice, dignity and worth of the person, and competence – allows for social workers to service those within the realm of their own physical, mental and emotional deficiencies. I personally align myself with the values presented in the NASW Code of Ethics, bridging the importance of human relationships to the significance of one’s ability to be self-empowered. Having the necessary representation to promote and encourage the well-being of all members of the public, equally, sparks the indispensable need for social change in our communities. To remain competent within the field of social justice requires social workers to develop and enhance their professional expertise to serve the community with integrity. The values stated in the NASW Code of Ethics should be nothing short of mandated requirements, ensuring lifelong professionalism on behalf of the clients. I stand with the notion that our personal values and beliefs allow us to reconcile social problems in a seemingly unjust world. Working to create solutions for underrepresented populations is compatible with the primary mission stated in the preamble. The purpose of social work is to enhance the human well-being of one’s clients, to restore the strengths of their own physical and mental capabilities, to regain the feeling of control once lost, and to repurpose the beauty and confidence of their lives.
Discuss how Women's role of procreation effects overpopulation.
The underrepresentation of marginalized groups, specifically women, is disproportionate to those with a higher status. Socioeconomic status is connected to environmental issues; the ability to live sustainably depends on the oppression of those of lower socioeconomic status. As environmental inequities persist, the growing segregation of inequality and injustice remains a prominent problem. The direct placement of utilitarianism in regard to goods and services, and the consequence of those materialistic items impacting one’s quality of life, greatly influence the practices of sexism. The undermining of women’s needs is evident in their educational experiences. Women’s purpose, historically, focused on procreation. Today, improper sex education can be directly correlated to overpopulation and population control practices. Failing to provide marginalized communities adequate resources and access to basic medical care can lead to higher fertility rates. Thus, fertility rates correlate with the unequal distribution of wealth. Typically, medical and reproductive care is more accessible to women in developed communities, providing them with the ability to regulate fertility more closely. For example, women with a higher socioeconomic status that have access to better resources, such as birth control, are more likely to control individual practices that contribute to overpopulation than those with a lower socioeconomic status. In marginalized communities, these resources are often scarce, providing lower status women with insufficient resources for basic biological necessities. The moral and ethical concerns further illuminate the issues of inequality and injustice. For example, feminist psychoanalysis examines the relationship between biological sex and self-identity. The misrepresentation occurs, however, when men and women are viewed as dissimilar behind the idea of their socioeconomic status, with some men arguing the sexes are separated by their superiority in the social hierarchy while women argue for a relational comparison. Offering sex education as a necessary part of everyone’s education is a direct and efficient way to lower fertility rates. Providing women with adequate reproductive resources, regardless of socioeconomic status, should be the primary focus in this topic of education. Offering services at more available locations, such as schools, can grant the same opportunity to access these resources, regardless of socioeconomic status. The impact of the marginalization of groups extends beyond the discrimination of women. Communities experience catastrophic deficiencies in health and financial status due to the corrupt structuring of the economy and the environment. A philosophical examination of the connection between social, political, and environmental needs could ensure more equal representation. Properly examining—and responding to—all social injustices provides developed and less developed communities the resources to live healthier and higher quality lives. Providing short-term and long-term solutions will continue to ameliorate effects of sexism, ultimately leading to a more just world.
Summarize academic research on the effects of pet therapy using APA citations.
The importance of determining the effectiveness of therapeutic remedies on individuals with moderate to high levels of stress and anxiety through canine exposure could be beneficial as an alternative method to medication. Conducting research that analyzes how levels of stress and anxiety fluctuate to canine exposure in turn can elicit future research to test how strong the relationship can be. In the article completed by Moretti et al. (2011), they hypothesized that over time, pet therapy can be efficient in improving patients' depressive symptoms and cognitive function. In order to test their hypothesis, Moretti et al. (2011) obtained 21 elderly people, 20 females and 1 male, all over the age of 65 years old. All participants were also diagnosed and effected by a mental illness, as well as being institutionalized in the nursing home for at least 2 months. For the researchers to examine the participants mental state, each participant was required to take the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) as well as the Geriatric Depression Scale which is comprised of 15 questions. This procedure to assess one’s quality of life was completed over a two-week assessment that determine their level of satisfaction for personal relationships, appetite and engagement in daily activities. Over the next six weeks, the participants were placed into two groups, the pet group and the control group. For 90 minutes a day, the pet group was instructed to interact physically with the dogs; stroke, pet, hold, or walk (Moretti et al., 2011). For the control group, the participants were not allowed to interact physically with the animal but would see the animals from a distance. After the experiment was completed, the results showed that the participants self-perceived a better quality of life. In addition, the pet groups analysis supported the hypothesis that their cognitive function would increase. After comparing the results from the pet group and the control group, there was no statistically significant difference (Moretti et al., 2011). Moretti et al. (2011) hypothesized that over time, pet therapy can be efficient in improving patients’ depressive symptoms and cognitive function. After the conclusion of the experiment, they found that their hypothesis was supported, but the findings were not statistically significant. For this study, it could be argued that a direct limitation is the sample size and demographics of the participants. While each participant was over the age of 65 years old, only one participant was male. In addition, the participants all had a range of mental illnesses, so being able to tell how interactive therapy with dogs can benefit specific mental illnesses is difficult to determine based upon the findings and the sample size. Number of participants also played an important role simply because the sample was limited in size. This experiment allows for future research to be examined on how dog therapy can be helpful for not only individuals in nursing homes, but all ranges of people. Studying these effects also allows us to determine what factors allow the participants to feel less stressed or anxious and determine other alternative solutions to improving one’s quality of life. These findings are beneficial to all people, simply because every person experience stress and/or anxiety throughout their life.
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