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A hospital social worker meets with an elderly woman
after nurses express concerns about possible elder abuse. The woman
resides with her grandson and was admitted for pneumonia, but
nurses have discovered several bruises on her arms and legs. When
the social worker goes to talk to the woman, her grandson and
several other family members are present. The social worker wants
to interview the woman today as she may be discharged soon. What
should the social worker do?
A. Provide the woman with a business card and ask her to
call if she needs anything.
B. Ask the woman if she would like to talk to her
C. Interview the woman with her family
D. Ask the family leave and interview the woman by
If you encountered this question on the ASWB exam, how would you
Let's take the responses one at a time. Remember to read
all responses. Don't just stop at one that feels
A. Business card. Could work, but the woman may not feel
comfortable calling; if she is being abused, her family may not
allow her to call.
B. Talk alone? Yes. It is important to interview the woman alone
so she can provide any information about possible abuse in a safe,
private environment. However, the woman may not feel safe saying
that she wants to meet alone, so asking this question may not help.
Let's see if that answer can be beat by any of the others.
C. Interview with family present. If the woman is being abused,
she is not likely to share this with the potential abuser present.
D. Ask family to leave. Ah, here we go. To appropriately assess
for abuse, the woman should be interviewed alone. The social worker
should ask the family to leave so that the woman can be free to
provide information without fear of consequences from her
We have a winner! (TL;DR it's D.)
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