Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Anthony Bibus III, Ph. D.

Second Advisor

Michael Schock, Ph. D.

Third Advisor

Lisa Lahti, MSW


This study identified how social workers in one metropolitan county view the use of paternalism when working with involuntary adolescents. The social workers interviewed state that paternalism is becoming more and more a part of the role of social workers. The study also discusses what attributes of involuntary adolescents and factors are important to social workers in their decision to allow adolescents to make choices about their case plans. There were nine important attributes and factors identified in the data: they are best interest of the adolescent, offering choices to the adolescent and choices made by the youth, relationships with others, verbal and nonverbal communication, maturity of the adolescent, past history, consequences of choices, adolescent's goals, and court orders and system mandates.


SC 11.MSW.1998.Schneider.KJJ

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