Application of Communal Role Theory to the Tiffani Bradley Case Study
Presenting Problem Review
Tiffani is a 16-year old Caucasian female
Arrested for prostitution 3 times
Court ordered to stay in group home
Wants to be with her pimp
Has an abusive pimp
Presenting Problem & Tiffani’s Role
Tiffani assumes the communal role.
She puts others before herself.
She is concerned about others and their thoughts about her.
She also has a desire to be with others.
Relevant Roles Assumed by Tiffani
Agentic Role – Tiffani’s pimp & Tiffani’s dad
Understanding these two qualities helps to us to understand how Tiffani assumes the typical gender role for women.
Social Expectations & Norms
Take the abuse – Tiffani saw her mom get abused and she took it, so this was her normal.
If mom doesn’t do it, I have to – Tiffani was taking care of herself and her sister.
Women are not as strong as men – Tiffani’s mom experienced domestic violence from her husband.
Influence of Role & Social Position
Tiffani’s role in other’s lives is based on their position in her life
She has a low socioeconomic status
She is a teen living on her own
Her greatest influence is her pimp
Assessment Question 1
What do you think the role of a woman should be in the household?
Assessment Question 2
What are the strengths of a woman? Of a mother?
Assessment Question 3
What are the challenges you feel that women face that men don’t face?
Give Tiffani goals that will help to shift her perspective from the social norm that he’s accustomed.
We could talk about projected outcomes.
We could also talk about how the outcome will contribute to Tiffani’s growth.
Help Tiffani discover the best possible solutions.
Challenge Tiffani to change the patterns of behavior that are not healthy.
Self-reflecting through journaling will help Tiffani to see distorted views that she has of herself.
Theory Into Practice: Four Social Work Case Studies
Dulin, A. 2007. Advances in Social Work Vol. 8 No. 1 (Spring 2007) 104-112. Indiana University School of Social Work.