Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Glenda Dewberry Rooney
This study explored how staff of a drop-in center for homeless youth interacted with clients. Specifically, it examined the roles of paternalism and self-determination at the agency. In order to determine degrees of paternalism, fifteen subjects were asked to respond to four vignettes. The study results suggest that paternalism may be used as a tool for supporting clients. Classic justifications for paternalistic interventions were applied to the homeless youth population to argue that limiting self -determination was appropriate.
Halley, Matthew F., "Self-Determination at a Homeless Youth Serving Agency" (1997). Theses and Graduate Projects. 706.