Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Clarice Staff, DSW

Second Advisor

Maria Dinis, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Cynthia Packer, MSW


The purpose of this study was to analyze the perceptions that social service workers have of their role and relationship with the people they serve. This study explored these questions of role and relationship through stories told by the social service workers about their work. The literature review reveals that there has been little research looking at the role and relationship with people using the stories of social service workers. Postmodernism and its challenge to the social service worker role as expert is the conceptual framework for this thesis. The research method is hermeneutics. It recognizes the legitimacy of lived experience as told through stories. The findings indicate that social service workers value strong connections to and relationships with the people they serve.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Moriarty.S

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