Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Dinis, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Curt Paulsen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jean McAleer, L.I.S.W.


This exploratory quantitative study examined adolescents' perceptions of their relationship, in terms of interpersonal boundaries, with family members. The literature review revealed different types of boundaries and boundary positions. The Family Adaptability and Cohesion Scale was the instrument utilized for assessing the adaptability. (EACES II) The questions this study answers include how the adolescents' boundary position, in terms of cohesion, and boundary adaptability effects delinquency and school achievement? Also, how do religious activities of the adolescents effect delinquency and school achievement? Self-survey questionnaires and FACES II inventories were administered at two separate high schools. The findings revealed connected family cohesion and frequent religious activities are correlated with high grades at school and adolescents are less likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system. Implications for social work practice and policy are discussed.


SC 11.MSW.1998.Upshaw.JL

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