Frozen River

912 words 4 pages
Frozen River Learning Integration Paper

This essay analyzes family methods of interaction, strengths, and barriers of Ray’s family and Lila. It describes the family and community roles, rituals, and belief systems that sustain their life processes. It also identifies the role of grief, values, and symbols that describe the family and community system. Lastly, the paper targets systems for intervention. From a micro/mezzo perspective the methods of interaction between Ray and her family appeared to be short and emotionless. There appeared to be conflict between Ray and Troy, based upon Troy leaving the home. Ray seemed to have little interaction with her kids TJ and Ricky. However she showed desperation to fulfill their dream of
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The river plays a bigger symbol by representing how hard it is for poverty ridden immigrants to cross over the border into what they are deceived to be prosperity. The river seems to be what keeps poor people poor. Ray and Lila being single moms’ trying to fend for their children strictly on their own strong will. For making the only decision they have to better themselves, they break the law and get into trouble. My first intervention would be to advocate for Ray and set a goal to find sufficient fulltime employment for her to support her children. A study conducted my Coley and Lombardi (2014) states that “The positive effects of increased earnings were replicated when we compared across women, finding that mothers with higher average weekly earnings over the course of the study experienced higher household income, financial stability, mental health, and general health by the end of the study period than their peers with lower work earnings”. Client states’ working for two years part-time at the local Yankee dollar is not a sufficient salary. She has been turned down multiply times when expressing interest in promotions. My second intervention would be to target the ‘rent to own’ business in increasing leeway to make payments on mobile homes based on income and timely payment arrangements. The last intervention I would refer to


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