Mrs. Smith is meeting with a social worker to learn better ways to parent. She describes her three boys as “ wild and unruly”, mentioning that her husband was the one who they listened to. Since their separation three months ago, she is feeling frustrated, has little energy, and loses her temper easily. To best help the family the social worker should first:
A. Assess Mrs. Smith for depression.
B. Suggest she join a “Women In Transition” group.
C. Schedule a home visit to observe the interactions between her client and the children.
D. Schedule a meeting with both parents.
Explanation: There are specific indicators in the stem (“feeling frustrated, has little energy, and loses her temper easily”) that may be signs of depression and require further investigation before doing anything described in the other answer choices .