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    The Elderly, Socioemotional Issues And Social Workers: A Case Study

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    5 pages in length. The cast of characters in this particular case study included one-hundred ninety-three upper-middle-class suburban New Jersey elderly people who were suspected of reaching out to their physicians with minor and/or nonexistent medical problems as a means by which to obtain reassurance, support, and other socioemotional needs. A family practice residency program provided the foundation upon which the study was conducted, where faculty and residents provided medical services in two separate settings. This study sought to affirm the significant absence of social workers who can offer this emotional support, while leaving the medical doctors more readily available to treat those who were truly physical ill. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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    with minor and/or nonexistent medical problems as a means by which to obtain "reassurance, support, and other socioemotional needs" (Azzarto 40). A family practice residency program provided the foundation  upon which the study was conducted, where faculty and residents provided medical services in two separate settings. This study sought to affirm the significant absence of social workers who  can offer this emotional support, while leaving the medical doctors more readily available to treat those who were truly physical ill. The student  will want to discuss that according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, "the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being  and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty" (Code of  Ethics). With this in mind, it is clear to see why the effort of maintaining a separation from psychotherapy is so pertinent to the limitations placed upon NASWs goal.  One can readily surmise from the NASWs ethical code that there exists a separation between and among societal value systems, with particular emphasis upon a mandate for social and  economic justice. According to Harry Specht and Mark E. Courtneys Unfaithful Angels : How Social Work Has Abandoned Its Mission, the very nature of social work has lost its  ability to focus upon the masses over and above the private, individualized population. "...Social workers should not be the secular priests in the church of individual repair; they should  be the caretakers of the conscience of the community" (Specht et al PG). When assessing the manner in which social work has been divided among itself and, as such, leaving 

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