ERIC Number: ED075070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Service to Children in Their Own Homes: Its Nature and Outcome.
Sherman, Edmund A.; And Others
The second phase of a two-part project was conducted to study the nature and outcome of child welfare services in the child's own home. For purposes of this study, the own-home service category included "all children who might be in jeopardy of placement and who were receiving child welfare services other than placement." The study was directed toward these questions: (1) Who are the children and families served in their own homes? (2) What does the service comprise? (3) How do the clients perceive the service? and (4) What is the outcome of the service? Complete data was available on 184 cases involving 429 children. Results included the following: (1) slightly over half of the families were headed by mothers only; (2) 64% were white, 34% black, and 2% other; (3) the precipitating problem was abuse, neglect or inadequate care in 43% of the cases; (4) type of service received was--day care 30%, homemaker 3%, preventive 30%, protective 31%, and placement 6%; (5) direct service contacts tended to focus on the care of the children and the mother's functioning; (6) 64% of the clients reported that the agency had been "very helpful"; (7) after services, children showed general improvement in the areas of parent-child relationships and of emotional functioning; (8) mothers improved in their ability to set limits for their children; and (9) fathers showed some evidence of deterioration during the project. (KM)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Care, Child Welfare, Home Programs, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Counseling, Research Reports, Welfare Agencies
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., 67 Irving Place, New York, N.Y. 10003 ($1.50, paper)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Community Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., New York, NY.