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Mezzo, Macro, and Micro Influences on Well-Being: Introduction (01:40)

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This video will provide case studies of social systems theory. There are three different types of systems: micro, mezzo, and macro. As each system changes, the other systems adapt.

Mezzo, Macro, and Micro Influences on Well-Being: Eduardo Miranda (02:57)

Judith Smith asks Miranda about his life in New York City; identify his macro, micro, and mezzo stressors. Miranda came to the United States when he was six months old, spent several years in the military, and retired because of a heart condition.

Mezzo, Macro, and Micro Influences on Well-Being: Miranda's Typical Week (03:33)

Miranda attends the senior center four days a week, volunteers at the front desk, and spends his evenings at the local church. His 19-year-old granddaughter lives with him and attends college. Smith asks about his familial relationships.

Mezzo, Macro, and Micro Influences on Well-Being: Miranda's Retirement (04:52)

Miranda attends St. Emeric where he volunteers as a minister. He and his wife regularly visit another parishioner, Lucy Calderon, whom he also knows from the senior center. Miranda explains how much his family gives him joy. (Credits)

Mezzo, Macro, and Micro Influences on Well-Being: Tenee (03:35)

Social workers explore the micro, macro, and mezzo systems that impede, develop, or support a client during a biopsychosocial assessment. Tenee examines the levels of analysis that influence her. Smith describes the mezzo elements: her neighborhod, her cultural identity, family, and work

Mezzo, Macro, and Micro Influences on Well-Being: Tenee—Foreign Born (03:03)

Tenee was born in Liberia, West Africa and immigrated during the civil war. As a child, she questioned her identity as the only African-American child in a white neighborhood. Going to a predominantly Liberian church helped her adjust to life in the United States.

Mezzo, Macro, and Micro Influences on Well-Being: Tenee—Racism (03:07)

After Tenee's great-grandfather was freed from slavery in South Carolina, he emigrated back to Liberia. When William Tolbert was assassinated, the country had a civil war. Smith points out the macro elements: slavery, ruling parties, and returning to Liberia.

Macro Influences on Development: Growing Up Female: Juanita (04:57)

David Koch reminds viewers that people can overcome the macro systems that oppress them. Juanita grew up in Puerto Rico with her aunt. She found a job watching children and doing laundry for a military family.

Macro Influences on Development: Growing Up Female: Family Abuse (05:04)

Juanita's father whipped her and her siblings. Neither of her parents went to school and did not believe in education. Juanita ran away to her cousin's home in San Tulsa and attended high school.

Macro Influences on Development: Growing Up Female: Employment (03:29)

Juanita wed when she was 20 and began to have children; she felt it was the only way she could become independent from her family. Juanita immigrated with her family to New York.

Macro Influences on Development: Growing Up Female: New Country (04:15)

Juanita began working after her daughter went to kindergarten. Once she returned to school, her marriage began to crumble. Juanita left her husband after discovering him with another woman.

Macro Influences on Development: Growing Up Female: Education (04:24)

The Union Fire District (UFD) paid Juanita's tuition and books. She did not wear pants until after the Women's Liberation Movement. Juanita refused to tell her ex-husband how much money she made; she saw it as liberation.

Macro Influences on Development: Growing Up Female: Living Alone (04:09)

Juanita took theology classes for five years after graduating college. She lived alone for ten years and began to feel lonely and depressed. Juanita met her current husband at the senior center.

Macro Influences on Development: Growing Up Female: Independence (04:58)

Juanita cannot compare her first and second marriages. Her family warmed to her new husband. Her childhood helped her persevere and become successful. (Credits)

Exploring the Structure of a Mezzo System: Senior Center (02:59)

Mezzo social work deals with small to medium size groups that are influenced by macro and micro factors. A senior center's output includes meeting client goals. Smith tours a University Settlement's senior center and describes various available programs.

Interview with Michele Rodriguez (03:08)

Rodriguez describes her client population; the senior center offers breakfast, lunch, and snack for members. Recently, Rodriguez noticed an influx of Chinese immigrants. Zisser explains that while the ethnicities have changed, University Settlement still works with disadvantaged populations.

Areas of the Senior Center (02:53)

Departments include: case assistance, nutrition workshops, medical wellness, recreation, exercise program, and food. Smith talks to members about why they enjoy participating at the senior center.

Working at the Center (05:13)

Rodriguez describes employee jobs at the senior center. Meals on Wheels deliverers are trained to recognize elder abuse and neglect. Rodriguez reports to Director of Community Development Michele Aase; she enjoys how much input she receives.

Credits: Mezzo Systems: Human Behavior and the Social Environment— Social Systems Theory (00:12)

Credits: Mezzo Systems: Human Behavior and the Social Environment— Social Systems Theory

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Providing an overview of mezzo systems thinking in the social work environment, this video by social work professor Judith Smith presents vignettes that show social work students how to use systems thinking to better understand their clients and themselves.

Length: 69 minutes

Item#: BVL128604

ISBN: 978-1-64023-905-0

Copyright date: ©2012

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