Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2001

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Phu Phan

Second Advisor

Sue Bollinger-Brown

Third Advisor

Joseph Clubb


The purpose of this qualitative study is to gain a deeper understanding of the impact that deinstitutionalization has had on individuals who receive case management services from Guild Incorporated. Participants will be gathered for the qualitative portion using a non-probability sample, and identified by a professional within the agency. Research for this portion was conducted through an in-depth interview where participants were asked to describe the impact that deinstitutionalization has had in their lives. Results for this study show that individuals who moved out of Guild Hall initially felt fear and helplessness, loss of support, and financial burden after moving to independent living. Community supports, finding structure and planned social activities helped with the transition. All participants expressed satisfaction with their current living arrangement and preferred independent living to institutionalization. Implications for social work practice and policy are discussed.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Foster.MK

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