Type: Research Essays
Sample donated: Bernice Wells
Last updated: May 24, 2019
Thesociety issue that I would do research on is child abuse. The reason that I ampick this issue is the that child abuse needs to be stopped. The children cannotstop it alone. The theoretical approach I would use is the Social- Conflict approach.
It provides the structure needed to study conflict between dominating and submissivegroups. The conflict approach is important because it helps to understand thediscrimination these children are facing and where the discrimination stem from. Conflict theory argues that males are still considered moresuperior than females. If the father is abusing the child, the power that thefather holds the mother could not step in to help the children.
At the risk ofthe mother getting abused too. The approach agrees that the power is used tomaintain inequality. The child cannot fight back against the unequal power theirparents have over them.According to Karl Max, subordinate groups are aware that they are being treatedunfairly.
Children know the abuse is wrong, but they don’t have the power tochange it alone. Focusing on child abuse throughconflict theory, we see that if more people recognized the conflict betweenparent and child as very strong, there is a likelihood of forced change. Childrenwho are not properly treated for the abuse can suffer the after-effects ofdealing with other social issues. Some issues that children may encounterthroughout life from untreated abuse are inadequate education, personalitydisorder, PTSD, substance abuse, incarceration and homelessness. Also leadingto the child facing many more conflicts throughout their life. Thesocial injustice of abuse can stick with children throughout their lifetimes.Conflict theory offers us a viewpoint that we can view these problems throughand devise interventions that will lead to change. Conflict theory argues thatgroups are constantly fighting for power, once they have the power, othergroups often feel that they are treated unfairly.
Conflicttheory also helps us to see how unequal power distribution affects childrenheavily. The values of social work correspond very well to conflict theory,allowing us to use this theory to develop interventions that can make adifference. Through conflict theory we see the power difference between parentsand children, and we can focus on policies and values that prevent parents frommisusing their power.
Viewing it through conflict theory, we see that child abusestems from the power parents have over their children. They take advantage ofthat power and use it in the worst way.