Sociology can help students understand why and how so many of the problems their service users face occur in the first place, helping them choose effective ways to communicate and make informed decisions on how their needs can be fully met. This book offers students a framework to explore how their professional responsibility to understanding sociology can be realised in every aspect of their work with a diverse range of service user groups including children and families, adults, older people, people with learning disabilities and people suffering from mental distress. The book takes students step-by-step through the theoretical grounding, what sociology is, how it is relevant to everyday social work practice, and what are the key aspects of sociological theory that need to be understood.
Chapter 2: Functionalism and social work
Functionalism and social work
This chapter outlines how functionalism is useful for social workers. The chapter begins by describing what functionalism is and how it is applied to social work. Functionalism is then analysed by reflecting on its strengths ...