Date of Award

Spring 5-15-1998

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Michael Schock

Second Advisor

Beverly Stadum

Third Advisor

Tony Bibus


This historical analysis seeks to inform current

debate in child welfare practice through analysis of the

development of child protection work in the United States

during the Progressive Era. Analysis of case records and

social work debate suggests a shift occurred in the

intervention strategy used by social workers in their

approach to child protective work. Social workers shifted

from a social control model to a casework intervention

strategy in protective work. Case records from the

Children's Protective Society of Hennepin County in the

1920s depict a combination of both intervention strategies

being utilized simultaneously.


SC 11.MSW.1998.Goldfarb.MJ

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