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Social Work 3300 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment (CTW): Biopsychosocial Assessment

Discussion Question

The overriding question of this book is what critical factors in the lives of these two men, who were similar in many ways, created such a vast difference in their destinies?

Biological

  • body
  • skin color (colorism)
  • physical factors - body size, attractiveness, height
  • sexual appeal
  • predisposed risk for addiction
  • nutrition

Psychological

  • stress
  • depression
  • self-esteem
  • beliefs
  • emotions
  • stress management
  • coping tactics/skills
  • internal conflict
  • cognition
  • how to deduce information
  • perceived stress
  • types of role models
  • desensitized to violence
  • self-awareness

Social

  • crime
  • poverty
  • lack of education
  • education system and/or opportunities
  • employment or vocational opportunities
  • drugs
  • homelessness
  • socioeconomic status
  • social support (positive and negative)
  • family background (educational levels of parents and support)
  • home instability (moving around)
  • race, identity and/or culture
  • stereotypes
  • family/coworker relationships
  • systemic barriers - social service deficiencies
  • household composition - dynamic of relationships (absent father)
  • civil service complex - police (racial profiling)
  • influence of media on development
  • neighborhood issues

Intervention

  • After school programs
  • Educational expectations
  • Mentoring
  • Role models / Mentors
  • Military school
  • Sports – baseball, basketball, football
  • Therapy
  • Family Support
  • Community Development
  • Religious/Spiritual Development
  • Housing shelters
  • Clinical trials

Organizations

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Mentoring Brothers
  • 100 Black Men of America, Inc.,
  • Guide Right Program of Kappa Alpha Psi
  • NAACP‚Äč