Date of Award

Spring 4-21-1995

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

Third Advisor

Nancy Wiggins


This study explores the perceptions that case managers have regarding the use and effectiveness of sanctions in the STRIDE program. STRIDE is Minnesota's welfare reform effort which came out of the federal Family Support Act of 1 988. Ninety-four case managers through out Minnesota were surveyed. Participants shared their views on the purpose and results of sanctions with mandated school attenders. Participants also shared ideas for alternative approaches to sanctioning. A review of the literature explored theories of motivation, learned helplessness and social obligation which provide a foundation for the study. The effectiveness, advantages and disadvantages of mandatory welfare programs were also reviewed. The study found that the majority of case managers surveyed see the purpose of sanctions as a tool for gaining compliance of program obligations by mandated school attenders. The results of sanctions are seen as both positive and negative by case managers. Respondents suggested that additional supportive services, incentives and rewards were options in addition to or in place of sanctions.


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