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Title:The Dilemmas Youth Workers Face Regarding Families of Participants
Author(s):Griffith, Aisha
Advisor(s):Larson, Reed W.
Department / Program:Human & Community Development
Discipline:Human & Community Development
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):youth workers
youth development programs
positive youth development
out-of-school time programs
Abstract:The objective of this qualitative study was to gain preliminary knowledge of the nature of youth workers’ dilemmas involving families and the underlying issues they entail. This study used grounded theory methods of analysis to explore the dilemmas youth workers face regarding families of participants in twelve high quality youth programs serving high school aged youth. The two questions explored were: What categories of dilemmas do youth workers face regarding families? What considerations do youth workers have when faced with such dilemmas? Four dilemma categories with distinct considerations were identified that specifically focused on the parents of participants. The dilemmas youth workers faced included being concerned about a participant with family problems, having the parent of a participant make demands on the program, having a parent not support their child’s participation, and needing to share information with parents. This study suggests that effective youth workers engage in a reflective process as well as a strategic balancing of interests to best serve youth when such dilemmas arose.
Issue Date:2011-01-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Aisha Griffith
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-22
Date Deposited:2010-12

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