Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Curt Paulsen

Second Advisor

Vincent Peters

Third Advisor

Beverly Blinde


This is an investigative and evaluative study of a Crisis Intervention Program, part of Family Preservation Services. It is in response to issues concerning the effectiveness of Family Preservation Services and how that effectiveness is measured. An inductive analysis of case records was performed to gain a better understanding of factors which contributed to putting families at risk of placing children out of the home, what interventions were used that seemed to benefit most, and the experiences and techniques of the crisis intervention workers that seemed most helpful in resolving family crises. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from in-take and assessment forms in case records and through interviews with the crisis intervention workers. The Magura Family Risk Scales (Magura, Moses, & Jones, 1987) were used in measuring service effectiveness.


SC 11.MSW.1995.Kley.ML

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