Baby Kim's Case Study

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Introduction

This paper attempts to identify and explain human behaviour at the micro, mezzo and macro systems using a bio-psycho-social framework at each aforementioned level in respect of Baby Kim’s case.
At the micro level in Kim’s immediate environment, her mother’s drug use impacted on the mezzo level with the intervention of the medical community in treating her and at the macro level by performing tests which were created from research studies and policies and legal obligations in informing the Child Care Board of the situation.
Theories for assessment for the individual/family include Systems theory, for the mezzo level Human Behaviour Theory and Systems Theory at the Macro level. Diversity is addressed with specificity to age/developmental
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Various aspects of development act together to affect a person’s overall growth.
The focus in Micro systems is the individual, their needs, how they address issues, what problems they have and what strengths they possess. As a Social Worker at the micro level, work is done in context of enhancing the individual’s capacity to function effectively in biological and psychological ways.
Mezzo systems, which are small groups include families, work groups, peer groups. The dynamics of groups can be very diverse even if they have something in common. Within groups, diversity must be addressed to prevent conflict having a negative impact, but groups can have an educational effect of cross cultural, ethnic, racial and gender awareness.
Systems larger than small groups are Macro Systems. Social work at the Macro level involves focus on overall access to and provision of resources and affects quality of life. Politics, social policy, economics and legislation are factors in Macro systems which impact at the mezzo and micro
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The Assessment at the Macro Level Using Systems Theory
The state intervened in Baby Kim’s family using approved programmes created out of guidelines, policies and legislation to maintain order in activities that impact on the living conditions contributing to human welfare.
At the macro level, implemented policies have set regulations for perinatal testing when medical personnel identify medical or biological concerns. The testing influences the creation of programmes which address the medical problems. In this case, the treatment plan is monitoring and pharmacological management of Kim in her one month stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Research in this area and the intervention programmes designed from the results prepare the medical community and primary care givers to reach negative entropy in the family system.
Also at the Macro level, some jurisdictions also require health care providers to test for and report on antenatal drug use, some states use the knowledge of prenatal drug use by parents in child welfare proceedings, while others consider prenatal substance abuse as part of their child welfare laws and drug exposure can provide grounds for parental

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