Apply: functionalism is associated with ideas of conflict and stability. applying this theory can help us understand why the status quo is maintained. this is important for community development because in many situations the change that community development aims for are harder to achieve than we might think. the status quo is extremely hard to change. in fact in planning we say that unless there are very strong reasons to oppose that status quo and unless you can prove that the status quo is no longer a viable alternative, maintaining the status quo is the best alternative.
Adapt: structural functionalism has its origins in anthropology where it is still being used for understanding social structures