Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Clarice Staff, D.S.W.

Second Advisor

Sumin Hoich, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Joe Clubb, M.S.W.


This study seeks to review America's response to infant abandonment by using an historical analysis and a social policy framework to analyze the state and federal laws that are attempting to curtail abandonment. It surveyed 120 upper mid-west college students to learn their responses to unplanned pregnancy and their familiarity with the state's infant abandonment laws.

The results of historical analysis of infant abandonment provides an overview of mankind's social, economic, and political motivations. The second source of research data is a survey using a quantitative approach with 120 self-selected college dorm students who answered a 15-point survey which (1) gave insight into both male and female responses to unplanned pregnancy and (2) provided a record of student knowledge and response to infant abandonment laws in their state.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Bauer.JC

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