(Answered)Socw 6301 Discussion 1: Sara Parker and Ethics

One of the reasons there can be so much debate about ethical issues is because ethics
are opinions informed by people's values and people have different values. People can
disagree about whether or not something is unethical, and, oftentimes, there is no right
answer. In order to make decisions about what may be ethical or unethical, Yegidis
(2018, p. 25) suggests focusing on these three questions:
1. "Who should benefit or suffer from the actions of the researcher?"
2. "Whose rights should take priority over those of others?"

3. "Does the end (increased knowledge) justify the means (the methods used to
acquire it and their potential for harm)?"
For this Discussion, view the Sessions episode on the Parker family. As you do so,
consider which, if any, ethical mandates or standards were violated.
By Day 3
Post a response explaining your reaction to the Parker episode. Be sure to address
whether or not the social worker violated any ethical mandates or standards. Also
explain which strategies could have been used to guide ethical practice. Finally,
describe the responsibility of the social workers in the Parker case. Please use the
resources to support your answers.


In the Parker case, Stephanie and her mother, Sara live in the same apartment since Stephanie separated with her husband. Stephanie suffers from mental health problems, including bipolar disorder. Sara also suffers from multiple health conditions. Both have conflict as Sara is a hoader and wants to keep her stuff in the house where else Stephanie wants to clean the house by getting rid of “unnecessary” things.

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