Definition of Social Problems
Write a short paper (maximum three pages, double spaced) analyzing the definition of social problems in the United States. Consider using a specific social problem (such as mental illness, family structure, youth violence, hunger or food insecurity, or one of the areas of focus from Glassner) as a foundation for your paper.
In your paper:
Define and discuss social definitions of social problems in the United States.
What are the claims (the assumptions, evidence, and conclusions) about social problems and the impact of marginalized populations on society?
Who or what makes or shapes these claims?
What does social opinion suggest as methods to reduce, prevent, or remedy social problems and who should do it?
What philosophies or beliefs about what society should do versus what individuals should do drive the practice of social work around identified social problems and marginalized populations?
How are disadvantage, discrimination, and risk for marginalization dealt with?
Provide an example of how society has defined a “social problem” compared to how social work research and practice defines the issue (examples: suicide and depression, or chronic pain and addiction).
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To successfully complete this assignment, you must meet the following requirements:
Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (sixth edition) style and formatting.
Number of resources: Minimum of 4 resources.
Length of paper: 3 pages, double-spaced, not counting cover page and references.
Font and font size: Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point.
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