Diversity Research

Diversity Research. You will conduct research on a diverse/disadvantaged and/or oppressed population (students’ definition of this can be broad -e.g., some groups that could be considered include those with developmental or other physical/mental challenges; sexual or ethnic minorities; older adults; men-because they often aren’t a focus of practice). The goal of this assignment is to assist you in using the social work literature to identify techniques and strategies (evidence-based) supported by research in working with diverse groups.

What you need to do:

Locate one journal article, book, or professional paper that describes some aspect of social work practice addressing your chosen population. You might begin by looking at the bibliography for the text. In addition, you can consult with the computerized databases in the library (e.g., age line, social sciences abstracts).

Read the article and identify one technique or strategy that the author(s) suggests will be helpful in working with this population.

Prepare a brief (two to three pages) written summary of the technique and a critique of the author’s research. In your review, address the following:

What does the author suggest are the main clinical or other issues facing this population?

Describe the approach suggested by the author(s).

Does the author cite any research or study that supports his/her suggestions?

What are some of the limitations to using this approach, particularly for this population (e.g., is it appropriate? Might it reinforce stereotypes/oppression? Is it an evidence-based approach?)

Are there any ethical considerations in using this approach?

Would you be comfortable using this approach? Why or why not? Include in this any critique you might have of the approach based on your knowledge of the population, research methods, theory, or any values conflicts you might have personally.

What did you learn about this population? Did what you learned change any previously held beliefs, values, ideas, stereotypes etc. about this population? How?

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