Date of Award

Spring 5-20-1999

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Michael Schock

Second Advisor

Joseph R Clubb

Third Advisor

Gina Germain


This is a secondary data analysis of an evaluation of a domestic violence program in a hospital setting in the Midwest. Hospital staffs in five hospitals who work in either the Emergency Department, Intensive Care, or Perinatal/Ob/Gyn were surveyed to evaluate their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding domestic abuse. This secondary data analysis looked at the results of the 320 completed baseline surveys to examine if hospital staff who have a high concordance with feminist principles perceive themselves as having a high ability to engage, assess, and refer victims of domestic abuse. Multiple regression was used to compare practitioner values with their skills in engagement, assessment, and referral of battered women. I found in this research that a high concordance with feminist principles is not a strong predictor of physician and registered nurses self-perception of their ability to engage, assess and refer victims of domestic abuse. In this study physicians and registered nurses both felt most confident in their referral skills than in their engagement and assessment skills. These findings suggest that hospital staff need to be educated on engaging and assessing victims of domestic abuse.


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