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Processes and their Impact on Individual Behavior Humans

Processes and their Impact on Individual Behavior Humans are influenced by other people. The effects of being socialized in a socio-cultural environment are profound and pervasive. In this Discussion, while taking cultural variables into account, you are asked to consider how group processes may impact individual behavior. For instance, how you conform in your social behavior is influenced by culture and may impact your decisions and your behaviors in many aspects of your life at work, at home, and at play. For example, in some cultures people may adhere to adages such as “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” which emphasizes the role of independent action whereas in other cultures, the adage group members are expected to follow “the nail that sticks out gets pounded down” which emphasizes the value of group cohesion over independence. For this Discussion, you will examine the impact of group culture on individual behavior. To Prepare: Consider the following topics and select one topic for this Discussion: Romantic love/interpersonal attraction Obedience and conformity In group vs. out group Based on the topic you selected, search the Walden Library for an article related to your topic as well as related to culture, group processes, and behavior/cognition. Discussion 2: Group Processes and their Impact on Individual Behavior Humans are influenced by other people. The effects of being socialized in a socio-cultural environment are profound and pervasive. In this Discussion, while taking cultural variables​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​ into account, you are asked to consider how group processes may impact individual behavior. For instance, how you conform in your social behavior is influenced by culture and may impact your decisions and your behaviors in many aspects of your life at work, at home, and at play. For example, in some cultures people may adhere to adages such as “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” which emphasizes the role of independent action whereas in other cultures, the adage group members are expected to follow “the nail that sticks out gets pounded down” which emphasizes the value of group cohesion over independence. For this Discussion, you will examine the impact of group culture on individual behavior. To Prepare: Consider the following topics and select one topic for this Discussion: Romantic love/interpersonal attraction Obedience and conformity In group vs. out group Based on the topic you selected, search the Walden Library for an article related to your topic as well as related to culture, group processes, and behavior/cognition.

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After moving in to our service accommodation, concerns were raised about Miss Y and suspected drug misuse. She was staying out late or overnight, and this raised other concerns in relation to Sexual Exploitation, as an indication of this is young people staying out late, not returning home and increased substance misuse (Smeaton, 2013). Research highlights for a variety of reasons – adverse childhood experiences, a high incidence of psychological and behavioural problems and feelings of loss and fragmentation following time in care – young care leavers are considered particularly vulnerable to having or developing drug problems (Ward 2003). My assessment at this time was Miss Y was in the pre-completive stage as she denied taking any substances (Prochaska, DiClemente & Norris 1992). In fostering and developing a therapeutic based relationship which centered around conveying respect and a congregant attitude [Anglin 2002], Miss Y finally disclosed the extent on her drug taking. At this point Y would make the link between her drug misuse and deterioration in her mental health and she would express her desire to make positive changes in her life and to stop her drug misuse. However, given the chaotic nature of her life, Miss Y slipped from the completive stage to relapse at regular intervals. Reflecting on the reasons for this, I found an ethical dilemma in that the barriers to change may be too painful for Miss Y to address because of damaging experiences and her resistance to engage to address it. However, if I failed to challenge Miss Y’s risk taking behaviour, I would be colluding with her (Cherry 2005). The benefits of addressing her past and her reasons for masking her feelings through her drug misuse would empower Miss Y to begin to make positive choices. Due to Miss Y’s vulnerability a balance had to be found in respecting her right to self-determination/autonomy and choice to take drugs with the need to safeguard her and protect her from herself (Taylor & Campbell 2011). Given the increased risks, Social Services convened a risk strategy meeting. Throughout my Social Work education and practice, findings from serious case reviews is at the forefront on my mind, which continually highlight lack of communication and information sharing as key failings which need to be improved (Lamming 2009, Tonner 2008). I work closely with Miss Y’s statutory social workers and having, as ongoing communication is a key component of risk management. In relation to multi-agency working Quinney suggests ‘closer co-operation, co-ordination and communication across and between services is required’ (2006:7). Miss Y was reluctant to attend the risk management meeting, given the culture created in my service aims at ‘partnership’ working whilst ‘bridging the power imbalance between worker and Service User’ by recognizing they are experts of their own lives’ and should actively be involved in decision making (Thompson 2006), I encouraged Miss Y to attend. On arrival Miss Y was asked to wait outside while the ‘Professionals’ met first. When Miss Y was permitted to enter the meeting she appeared subdued and gave very little input. After the meeting, Miss Y shared how she was annoyed she had to wait outside when she knew everyone in the room was talking about her. This wasn’t standard practice as usually core group meetings of professionals are convened at a different time. When she was asked to sit outside my initial reaction was this wasn’t normal procedure, but as it was the Senior Social Worker who made the request, I didn’t challenge this. Smith {2009] argues there is a hierarchy within professionals in a multidisciplinary setting, with the medical profession holding more authority. In this scenario as a practitioner in a voluntary setting, I viewed Social Services as having the authority and I didn’t feel comfortable challenging this. The decision to exclude Miss Y from the beginning alienated her from the decision making process. I raised this in supervision and reflection on action, as a social worker in a voluntary agency I have the ‘luxury’ of time with a limited case load, in comparison statutory workers have higher caseloads therefore more pressure on time constraints. It is sometimes difficult to get all professionals involved around a table due to diary constraints, therefore I could understand why the decision was made to have a core group first, however this does not negate from the negative experience Miss Y encountered. To prevent this from happening again, I should clarify if a core group is taking place prior to the risk management meeting so I could prepare the Service User and give her the choice to wait outside or to be taken to the meeting she would be attending at the appropriate time. As 18 Miss Y is legally viewed as an adult, as such she falls outside the remit for services such as DAMH’s. Educational work from other voluntary agencies have been offered to her but Miss Y believes she does not need this as she is aware of the risks involved in substance misuse. This i
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