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ERIC Number: ED016124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 253
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AN EXPLORATION OF CASEWORKERS' PERCEPTIONS OF ADOPTIVE APPLICANTS. FINAL REPORT.
BRADLEY, TRUDY
THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO IDENTIFY THE CRITERIA USED BY ADOPTION WORKERS IN THEIR EVALUATION OF ADOPTIVE APPLICATIONS, TO DISCOVER WHETHER CASEWORKERS HAVE VARIOUS APPLICANT MODELS FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS OF CHILDREN, AND TO EXPLORE ATTRIBUTES OR ATTITUDES DIFFERENTIATING ACCEPTED AND REJECTED COUPLES. THREE PUBLIC AND FIVE PRIVATE AGENCIES IN A LARGE EASTERN METROPOLITAN AREA PARTICIPATED IN THE PROJECT. APPROXIMATELY 400 PARENT COUPLES, 50 FROM EACH AGENCY, WERE INTERVIEWED BY 87 SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE EIGHT AGENCIES. THE 102-ITEM CASEWORKER'S RATING FORM FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS WAS EVOLVED, PRETESTED, AND REVISED IN CONSULTATION WITH PROFESSIONALS IN THE ADOPTION FIELD. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT CASEWORKERS WERE DISCRIMINATING BUT THE RANGE WITHIN WHICH THEY MADE THEIR JUDGMENTS WAS NARROW. THEREFORE THEIR ABILITY TO PREDICT CAPACITY TO FILL THE PARENTAL ROLE WAS QUESTIONED. THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF COUPLES SEEMED TO BE RELATED TO THEIR ACCEPTANCE BY CASEWORKERS--A POSITIVE OVERALL EFFECT, SUITABILITY FOR A DEVIANT CHILD, AND YOUTH AND A RELATIVELY RECENT MARRIAGE. COUPLES WERE JUDGED TO BE OVERALL POSITIVE, MARGINAL, OR POOR OR UNACCEPTABLE. THOSE COUPLES ASSESSED AS "BETTER" WERE AWARDED "BETTER" CHILDREN, AND THOSE WHO WERE "MARGINAL" WERE AWARDED MARGINAL OR DEVIANT CHILDREN. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT A REPLICATION OF THE STUDY BE DONE AND THAT SOME OF THE FINDINGS BE VALIDATED. SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH, TABULAR INFORMATION ON DIFFERENT FACETS OF THE ADOPTIVE PROCESS, THE CASEWORKER'S RATING FORM FOR ADOPTIVE APPLICANTS, AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY ARE INCLUDED. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR $3.60 FROM CHILD WELFARE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, INC., 44 EAST 23RD STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10010. (FP)
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Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., New York, NY.
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