Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
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.
Foster, Meredith K., "The Impact of Deinstitutionalization on Individuals Who Receive Services from Guild Incorporated" (2001). Theses and Graduate Projects. 760.