Social Learning Theory and Social Policy Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the positive and negative effects of Anytown's social policy.
# 149927 | 867 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper discusses how leaving a child in a household of domestic violence, child abuse or drug and alcohol abuse raises serious moral and ethical issues, yet, it can also be beneficial not to remove children and to allow families to work through their problems together in counseling and parenting classes. However, the paper also points out that putting a child back into a home based solely on the fact that the parents have undergone treatment is not necessarily ensuring the safety of the child. Thus, the paper concludes that for the safety of the child and the betterment of the family, it is important that Anytown rethink their policy.

From the Paper:

"The benefits associated with Anytown's policy have mainly to do with the fact that leaving a child as a member of a household with a documented offense of domestic violence, child abuse, or drug and alcohol abuse raises serious moral and ethical issues. In 2007, the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, noted that an estimated 1,760 children died as a result of abuse and neglect (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2009). Of course, this number does not include the children who have suffered physiological, mental, and emotional injuries because of abuse. Because of these staggering numbers, it is evident that one would seek to create a drastic policy. And, indeed, the removal of the children from the home will take them out of harm's way. Furthermore, the benefits supplied to parents are in line with current policy regarding the prevention of fatalities due to child abuse and neglect. The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, along with other social services departments, joined together to launch 2003's Child Abuse Prevention Initiative, which was geared toward raising awareness and strengthening communities and parents and caregivers in order to stop abuse before it begins (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2009). Clearly, the types of programs proposed as educational resources for parents in this policy--such as parenting classes and anger management--would be in line with this treatment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, J.R. and St. George, S. A. (2001). What Couples Say Works in Domestic Violence Therapy. The Qualitative Report, 6(3), Retrieved August 14, 2009, from
  • Burton, D.L., Miller, D.L., and Shill, C.T. (2002). A social learning theory comparison of the sexual victimization of adolescent sex offenders and nonsexual offending male delinquents. Child Abuse and Neglect. 26(9), 893-907.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2009). Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Statistics and Interventions. Retrieved August 14, 2009, from the Child Welfare Information Gateway Web Site:
  • McCue, L.M. (2007). Domestic Violence: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

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