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Rewards, Challenges, and Ethical Dilemmas in Undertaking Community Asset Assessments

MELVIN DELGADO and DENISE HUMM-DELGADO

in Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199735846
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735846.003.0004
Rewards, Challenges, and Ethical Dilemmas in Undertaking Community Asset Assessments

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Community asset assessments are a distinctive form of community-based participatory research, with all of its rewards and challenges. This form of research, as the reader will see, has its share of tension areas that are natural points for the ethical dilemmas that are quite familiar to most social work practitioners. These dilemmas are partly tied to the tensions inherent in practicing in communities, as well as the tensions related to being “outsider” researchers. There is little question that community asset assessments have tremendous potential for helping community social workers carry out initiatives that reinforce key antioppression aspects of our mission and Code of Ethics. These rewards, so to speak, are limitless and so, unfortunately, are the challenges. This chapter highlights some of the most obvious and significant rewards and challenges. Local circumstances wield considerable influence on the rewards and challenges of community asset assessments. The reader, as a result, may well have additional examples of both that have been dictated by what is happening in their respective communities.

Keywords: rewards; challenges; ethical dilemmas; community; asset assessment; Code of Ethics

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