Oppression, Culture, And Diversity

757 WordsApr 14, 20164 Pages
Oppression, culture, and diversity are three areas that a social worker needs to be mindful of in this case. Although these three areas do not adversely change the course of the treatment for the client, they are areas that need to be taken into consideration when adjustments to the treatment plan and approach to resolving any of the presenting issues is changed. The client is a African American female that was brought into the agency by her adoptive parents that are of a low socioeconomic standing. Research shows children of African American decent are more likely to be referred to mental health agencies at much younger ages than their Euro American peers and are much more likely to have been referred by a social service or criminal justice agency (Tucker & Dixon, 2009). The client was not referred for services in this case, but has been involved in social services in the past due to neglect. Therefore, As a social worker one must be mindful of this statistic in the assessment of a African American client. Another oppressive matter that does directly effect the case is that there is a significant, and long-standing gap in diagnosis between privately insured children, and those who have Medicaid coverage, and those with no insurance (Tucker & Dixon, 2009). Children with Medicaid coverage are the most likely to receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than those who have private or no insurance (Tucker & Dixon, 2009). The client received a
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