juvenile delinquency

How was Analvsis of a Social Problem Paper
You are expected to prepare a typewritten 8 – 10 page paper which examines a social
problem of interest from a community psychology perspective (e.g., juvenile
delinquency, domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, HIV, etc.)
This paper is divided up into 3 sections (see below).
Section 1: Review of the Literature. (16 pts) In section 1, using at least 10 recent (i.e.,
published in the last 10 years) peer-reviewed journal articles, you are expected to define
your social problem, describe its scope and discuss possible causes of the problem using
an ecological perspective. In this section, you are limited to two direct quotes and your
paper should address the following questions:
A) How is this problem defined?
B How prevalent is this problem?
C) What are the consequences of this problem? i.e., What happens as a result?
D) What are some possible causes of this problem? Identify causes from at least 3
levels of analysis using Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model as a guide.
Section 2: Summary of Community Interviews. (10pts) For section 2, you will interview
2 community leaders or service providers who are working toward a solution to the
social problem you have selected. In your summary of your interviews, you should
attend to the following questions:
A) Who did you interview and what role does each of the interviewees play in their
B) What is being done in your local community to combat this problem? Be specific.
C) Who are the key stakeholders addressing this problem and what role does each
D) What barriers exist to overcoming this social problem?
E) What steps have been taken to overcome these barriers?
Section 3: Your Analysis. (9pts) For section 3, you are to reflect on what you learned
from your community interviews by considering the following questions:
A) What did you learn about your social problem from your community interviews
that you did not already know from the literature?
B Do you believe the strategies used by your community are effective to address this
problem? Why or why not?
C) What else could be done to enhance their efforts? 
Due by 11:59 TODAY