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The Systems Theory in Social Work

How does the Systems Theory in Social Work help one to understand how groups best function?

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First, social work theories are like recipes. They "guide" you in working with and helping your clients. The Systems Theory consists of ecological systems (Payne, 2002). The focus of this theory is how individuals act within their environment. Individuals are in continual transaction with their environment.

Simply put, these are examples of systems theory:

-Individuals exist within families.
-Families exist within communities.
-Individuals, families, and communities exist in a political, cultural, and economic environment.
-The environment impacts the actions, beliefs and choices of the individual.

It is also known that systems are interconnected parts, establishing an ...

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The "systems theory" in social work focuses on how individuals act within their environment. This solution is a comprehensive review of that theory. Three references are provided.