Social Work Reflection: Identify your own age (30), and how that interacts with other aspects of your identity, either creating privilege or oppression; how are you either an agent or a target; how do you see yourself experiencing either internalized oppression or internalized superiority (depending on which two of the Table of Oppression legs are yours to work on).
Ageism against youth: Reflect on biases and oppression of children/youth. Discuss the pros and cons of childhood in the United States. How are children and youth controlled and managed based on culture, structures and values, including economic, political, and cultural exclusions in both negative and positive ways? How are youth disempowered?
Ageism against elders: Reflect on biases and oppression of elders. What do you see as the pros and cons of aging in the United States? How are elders disempowered?
Age and Group Theory and Practice: What insights do you have about how age may impact work in engaging, assessing, and intervening with groups? What values or biases do you hold about different ages that might impact engagement, assessment, and intervention in your work with groups? What would you do differently if you were working with a group of children? What would you do differently if you were working with a group of adolescents? What would you do differently if you were working with a group of elders?
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