12 Angry Men

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Twelve Angry Men: A Study on Group Dynamics Tatiana Romelus Andrews University Twelve Angry Men: A Study on Group Dynamics As social workers there are many instances where we find ourselves working in groups. Not only do we work in groups as facilitators and moderators of group therapies and other groups, but we also work within groups as members of ethics committees and other task force groups. Knowing how to navigate and interact within groups is crucial for the social worker. The 1957 film Twelve Angry Men, which was written by Reginald Rose and directed by Sidney Lumet, provides an excellent fictional case study for social workers. In many ways the film reflects all the real aspects that go on in groups and which social workers must deal with. I was able to use what I learned in Ethics and Values in Social Work (Barsky, 2010) as tool for assessing the group dynamics, the decision making process, and any ethic violations that were presented amongst the jurors in the film. There are many different group dynamics that come into play in this film. First I would like to take a look at why this group formed in the first place. As citizens of the U.S we are all familiar with what many call the “dreaded” jury duty. This is a responsibility that many American would love to shirk if possible. It’s no different for the twelve jurors of the film, a few of which express resentment at having to deliberate when they would rather be doing something else. The fact that many of the jurors are reluctant to be in the group and are there involuntarily has a big impact on the morale, motivation, and attitude of the group. A second aspect to consider is what type of group they are, in this case it seems that the group is more of a task group. It’s a group that was purposefully formed to reach a goal in a set amount of time. Another important aspect of group dynamics to consider
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