Unit 3: Project: Hierarchy of Needs
Course Title: Introduction to Human Services
Course Number and Section: HN 115
Instructor Name and Credentials: Angel R. Doring, M.S.
Student: Claudia Walton
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs allows one to gauge whether or not their daily needs are being met. It is alarming to discover that most many groups of people are not having even the most basic needs satisfied, like food, shelter and clothing. Obtaining food, shelter and clothing alone would make a world of difference. People who cannot obtain these three basis needs on a daily basis are vulnerable. The three populations considered to be vulnerable in this instance are the elderly, ...view middle of the document...
The Bible reads, “Young man I call you because you are strong, old man I call you because you are wise”. Wisdom is usually attributed to the elderly because they have lived through so many centuries, experienced so many changes, and have learned many lessons. Our society has done a poor job in maintaining respect for our elderly, it is evident even through the media, where youth is consistently glorified (Graziano, 2010). This fact is evident in the way media portrays the elderly as crotchety old people with bad taste in fashion.
This attitude has encouraged the disregard we see towards our senior society and has helped to cause seniors to suffer various forms of abuse. The elderly are the prime targets and easy victims of fraud and scams. There needs to be a collective effort from agencies and media to shed a better light on aging Americans.
Agencies such as senior centers, nursing homes and assisted living does wonderful work in meeting and higher level needs of seniors, however, more awareness should be brought to our communities at large, through media. Allowing people to see that investing in seniors is actually investing in their own future, as we all have to cross over that bridge one day, if we are fortunate to live a long life.
The second vulnerable group for discussion is children. Since children are unable to work, they are unable to provide for themselves. Food, clothing and shelter are basic items; however, there is a price tag that comes with these items. In a normal home setting, all of the needs listed on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs chart are provided by loving and caring parents, family and support groups such as school, church and neighborhood. Until a child is able to take care of their self, a responsible parent should strive to meet at least the basic needs of the child. Studies reveal that the more needs met according to the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs chart, the child has a better chance of reaching their maximum potential and succeeding in life (Planned Parenthood, 2008).
Due to the alarming reports of abuse and neglect in foster homes, a successful lifestyle is often unattainable for most foster children (Martin, 2007). Thankfully, because of the U.S. child welfare system, foster care children are receiving the basics – nutritious food, clothing, adequate shelter, health coverage, and relative safety (Martin, 2007). But there are needs that the System cannot provide, which are essential to the complete development of a child. These needs are love and belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization (Maslow, 1954). It truly depends on which family a foster child might end up with. Sadly, many foster children end up with individuals that will just meet the basic needs, but not go further, lessening the chances of the child to receive his or her maximum potential.
The foster child can experience a myriad of bad treatment, falling under the categories of sexual and/or physical abuse...