Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


An increasing number of children are failing to develop secure attachments to caregivers. Many are involved with the child welfare system and display an overwhelming number of problems--emotional, cognitive, developmental, physical, moral, behavioral, and social. This exploratory study using qualitative and quantitative methods addresses how one residential treatment center has worked with this population. Case records, selected through a purposive sampling, of 14 discharged preadolescents and information from key informants support findings of this research. Themes discovered assist this treatment center, and possibly others, in understanding the relationship between the behavioral and therapeutic needs of these children and the practice interventions for those children discharged from this unit to a similar residential facility or more restricted environment.


SC 11.MSW.1999.Schellin.TJ

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