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Dysfunctional communities

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Social Role Valorisation
Deinstitutionalisation
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Community life cycle
What is community
Explanation of terms


Each community has a particular role that fulfils a particular need.
Valued community roles provide a common cause or focus for the community, as well as other communities that are a part of it.
Valued communities provide valued roles for their members.
Social role valorisation provides valued roles for ALL members of the community.

Communities that have valued roles in society …
... The spiritual community
... The family community
... The living community
... The recreational community
... The learning community
... The employment community
... The health community
... The internet community
... The blind community
... The disability community
etc
The values of community start in the home where children have valued roles in supporting others at school, sport or any other community that they participate in.

Communities that have de-valued roles in society …
... The AIDS community
... The drugs / rave communities
... The criminal community
... The gay / lesbian communities
... The Muslim community
... The bikie community
... The street community
... The unemployment / homeless communities
... The aged community
... The single parent community
etc



Characteristics of Dysfunctional communities .....


… do not have clearly defined roles/goals

Are the roles/goals of the community clearly defined?
Are the roles/goals of the community appropriate to the community?
Are there conflicting roles/goals between the members?
Are the roles/goals of the community shared between all members?
What mechanisms are in place to affirm those roles/goals?

How do the roles/goals impact on other communities that are a part of it, or it is a part of?


do not have shared beliefs, values, cultures (institutions)

Are the beliefs, values, cultures clearly defined?
Are the beliefs, values, cultures appropriate to the community?
Are there conflicting beliefs, values, cultures between the members?
Are the beliefs, values, cultures of the community shared between all members?
What mechanisms are in place to affirm those beliefs, values, cultures?

How do others outside the community value the shared beliefs, values, cultures etc of the community?


do not have clearly defined boundaries

Are the boundaries clearly defined?
Are the boundaries appropriate to the community?
Are the boundaries of the community shared between all members?
What mechanisms are in place to affirm those boundaries?

How do the boundaries impact on other communities that are a part of it, or it is a part of?


… do not have ownership of their members

Do all members of the community feel a part of the community?
Do all members have the opportunity to participate?
How do the members interact with each other?
What, if any, sub groups are in the community, and how do these sub groups interact with each other?
What key characteristics bond the members within the community?

How do others outside the community, perceive the community?


… do not provide valued roles for their members

What are the roles of the members?
Are these roles clearly defined?
What mechanisms are in place to affirm those roles?
Are these roles adequate, appropriate and realistic?
How do the members perceive and fulfil these roles?
Are these roles valued by all members?
How does the community, as a community, value these roles?
What are the expectations of the community, in the members in fulfilling these roles?

How do others outside the community perceive these roles?
How do others outside the community value these roles?
What are the expectations of others outside the community, in the community fulfilling these roles?


do not communicate effectively with their members

How does the community communicate with its members?
How is this communication responded to by its members?
What mechanisms are in place, so that all members are communicated to?
Is there an effective formal / informal structure of accountability?
Are these mechanisms effectively communicating to all members?

How does the community communicate with others outside the community?


do not have skills/resources that they can depend on

What skills/resources does the community have?
Are these skills/resources adequate for the community?
How does the community use the skills/resources?
Is the community using its own skills/resources effectively?

How do others outside the community see the skills/resources being used within the community?


… do not balance their own needs

How does the community identify its own needs?
How does the community identify the needs of its members?
Are the needs adequate, appropriate and realistic?
What mechanisms are in place to fulfil those needs?
Are these mechanisms adequate, appropriate and realistic in fulfilling those needs?
Are these needs being met within the expectations of its members?
How does the community identify and respond to events that are outside the scope of the community, and impact on the ability of the community to balance its own deeds?

Are the needs of the community being met within the expectations of others outside of the community?


… do not share and draw on skills / resources where needed

How does the community identify skills / resources that are unique to the community?

How does the community identify skills / resources that are not within the scope of the community?

What mechanisms are in place to share skills / resources with other communities?




(Peter Anderson 2008)
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