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ERIC Number: ED015322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb-13
Pages: 132
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Reference Count: 0
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THE DIVISION OF CASEWORK RESPONSIBILITY AS A METHOD OF WORKING WITH EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE. FINAL REPORT.
ZOBER, EDITH
TWENTY-FOUR EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 7 AND 16 WERE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS, ONE IN WHICH PARENTING AND THERAPY WERE DONE BY THE SAME WORKER AND ONE IN WHICH THE TWO FUNCTIONS WERE ASSIGNED TO SEPARATE WORKERS ON THE HYPOTHESIS THAT CHILDREN IN THE SPLIT-CASE GROUP WOULD SHOW MORE IMPROVEMENT AT THE END OF 2 YEARS THAN THOSE IN THE SINGLE-CASE GROUP. EVALUATION OF EACH CHILD COVERED SCHOOL PERFORMANCE, RELATIONS WITH PEERS, HIS OWN EVALUATION, AND THE CASEWORKER'S JUDGMENT OF THE CHILD'S ADJUSTMENT AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST RESULTS. MOST OF THE CHILDREN IN BOTH GROUPS IMPROVED AFTER 2 YEARS, AND ALTHOUGH NOT PROVED, IT WAS FELT THAT PARENTAL FORCE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPROVEMENT IN BOTH GROUPS. THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WORKING WITH THE CHILDREN DID NOT FAVOR THE SPLIT CASE AS THE PREFERRED METHOD. THE AGENCY SHIFTED ITS FOCUS OF INTEREST FROM THE SPLIT-CASE METHOD TO AN OVERALL PHILOSOPHY OF THE AGENCY AS PARENTAL FORCE. RECOMMENDATIONS WERE THAT (1) AGENCIES CONDUCT STUDIES COMPARING PARENTAL FORCE WITH ANOTHER METHOD, (2) RESEARCH BE UNDERTAKEN TO ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR GUIDING JUVENILE COURTS AND CHILD CARING AGENCIES IN DECISIONS SEPARATING A CHILD FROM HIS FAMILY, FOR EFFECTING THE SEPARATION WITH A MINIMUM OF TRAUMA, AND FOR PROVIDING THE CHILD WITH A PARENTING EXPERIENCE, AND (3) THE CHILDREN IN THE PROJECT BE STUDIED FURTHER FOR MORE EFFECTIVE EVALUATION OF CHANGES. (JK)
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Authoring Institution: Iowa Children's Home Society, Des Moines.
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