Analysing Observation in Social Work Essay

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Contents Page 1. Family Details 3 2. Observation Analysis 4 3. Life Span Development 7 4. Sociology 10 5. Social Policy 13 6. References 16 7. Appendices 21 i) Recording Observation 21 ii) Community Profile 28 iii) Consent form 45 Family Details This observation is based on a family consisting of a young professional married couple and their three year old daughter. I observed them for one hour over three weeks, in the evening to fit into their schedules. They have lived in the borough of Croydon in their three bedroom house for six years. For the purpose of this assignment all the names have been changed and the family…show more content…
Writers on observation discuss about observers having insider and outsider perspectives (Riche & Tanner, 1998; Pellegrini, 1996:16), Pellegrini (1996) believe that observers should have outsider perspective, and they should divorce themselves entirely from interaction. In addition to this Wilson (1992:38) added that observers need to be appropriately responsive and yet remained detached, to avoid being drawn in and offering advice or doing anything with, or to, the subject. There are also issues around being obtrusive this could have an effect on the participants especially when we want to observe them in their natural setting (Pellegrini, 1996:49). Riche and Tanner (1998; Briggs, 1995) support this but they acknowledge that observers can find it impossible to remain an outsider, and that the observer will become part of the process, though that nature and degree may vary. When looking back on my experience I had every intention to take on an outsider perspective however, during my observation I found it harder and harder and on my last observation I was interacting with the whole family. I think that interacting with the family (especially Paige) helped my observation (Appendix 2 2nd and 3rd observation) as I felt they were more relaxed around and did not see me as an observer; I feel this helped them

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