Applying a Human Rights Approach to Social Work Research and by Tina Maschi

By Tina Maschi

This short introduces a human rights method of social paintings examine and assessment, compares it to conventional examine methods, and explains tips on how to observe it in actual global social paintings examine. the writer attracts from a human rights framework that includes dignity and appreciate for all folks, the universality and interrelatedness of rights (political, civil, social, monetary, and cultural), nondiscrimination, participation, responsibility, and transparency. To increase a human rights technique, it introduces a rights-based version that accentuates using combined tools and participatory examine and overview. This short goals to extend potential in how you can follow a rights established method of learn decision-making approach from the formula of study questions, study and perform layout, and participatory motion innovations that increase human rights.​ it's a name to motion for social staff to forge a rights-based learn time table that fosters empowerment.

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For example, the cultural practice of female genital circumcision in some African countries may be perceived by as a human rights violation (Reichert 2011). Cultural relativism is grounded in notions of communal autonomy and self-determination in which a culture’s or community’s right to autonomy may trump human rights. For example, there are culture variation on how define what constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment” and “torture” (UN 1948). When conducting a rights research study, cultural relativism should be a consideration on how participants from diverse backgrounds and cultures perceive human rights, social justice, and well-being.

Prisons (ACLU 2012). Qualitative research methods often using narrative data and smaller sample sizes, is an effective means of exploring relatively unknown areas and elevating the voices of subjugated groups. For example, in my study of 677 adults aged 60 and older in a state prison system, many participants reported abuse and stress while in prison (See Maschi et al. 2015c). One man wrote, “I am 72 years old and I am afraid of getting raped again in prison” (See Drisko and Maschi 2015 and Maschi et al.

Org) These organizations have publicly available information that describe a social problem or human rights condition and recommendations for solutions as well as opportunities for social workers and other citizens to participate in advocacy campaigns. Central Constructs of a Rights Research Approach A third aspect of understanding and applying a human rights lens involves being familiar with it the constructs or “variables” often under investigation in a research or evaluation project. These four central constructs are: human rights, social justice, well-being, and cultural relativism.

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