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Title:Information as power in personal social service transactions
Author(s):Wagner, Marion Kathryn
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Allen-Meares, Paula
Department / Program:Social Work
Discipline:Social Work
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Social Work
Abstract:This study examines information sharing by social workers with child welfare clients as an aspect of empowerment. The research was conducted through a mail survey to a random sample of social workers working in child welfare. Respondents were asked to complete a three part questionnaire including two case vignettes describing initial interviews with clients in neglect and abuse situations, followed by eighteen items to rate on a Likert scale regarding the likelihood of the respondent to share information with the clients, the Power Orientation Scale, and demographic information. Means of four factors emerging through factor analysis of the responses were compared to examine patterns of information sharing. Correlations were run between these factors and three factors from the Power Orientation Scale to identify relationships between information sharing and power orientations.
Significant differences were found in the types and method of information sharing. Social workers were more likely to share oral information than written information. They were also more likely to share information about the court and outside services than about agency procedures and client rights. Only one significant relationship was found between power orientations and information sharing. Findings indicate that social workers are not sharing information in an empowering fashion with clients.
Issue Date:1992
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Wagner, Marion Kathryn
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9236617
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9236617

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