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Biases against male social workers

I am currently researching theories that may be relevant to the topic of interest which is: social workers bias against fathers/males and its effect on service delivery. I want to make sure that I understand the theory and how it relates either to the male seeking services and/or the social workers who practices bias or discrimination against the male person. Need assistance identifying the theories listed and examples of how they can relate to the topic. My theory selected will not be limited to these listed but this gives me a start as I study theories. Need some guidance to insure I am on the right track with these selections and examples of such when applied to a research study.

Affluent theory, Attribution theory, Labelling theory, Stereotype threat,
Social Learning theory, Belief bias, Belief Perseverance, and Distributional theory.

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I listed and explained the theories that you requested below except for the "Affluent Theory" which I had a difficult time pin pointing which one you needed. Unfortunately, there are over a dozen of them! Can you possibly send me more information (or even notes from your class) on this theory so I know which one to use for the explanation? Otherwise, here is information on the rest of them:

Attribution theory - This theory attaches meaning to specific behaviours. For example, let us say that you observed a male stranger (who was standing near a kitchen) crying. What do you automatically think about him? Did he do something bad? Did he hurt himself? Is he sad? Did he just chop onions? The truth could be none of the above for all we know. He is a stranger, and it is unlikely that we will ever know why he is displaying this behaviour. But we will walk away from the observation with our own pre-determined theory as to why he is crying. And this is the Attribution theory - it is all how a person observing the behaviour attaches meaning to the behaviour. According to the source "Attribution theory deals with how the social perceiver uses information to arrive at causal explanations for events. It examines what information is gathered and how it is combined to form a causal judgment" (Fiske & Taylor, 1991). This relates to your topic because the attribution theory explains how people perceive the actions of other people especially strangers. If a male parent shows up to an interview with social services nervous, he may be attributed as hiding something or even lying just because he is acting scared.
McLaud, Saul. (2010). Attribution theory. Found August 18, 2013: ...

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The biases against male social workers are provided. Affluent theory, attribution theory and labeling theories are provided.