Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Susan Bullerdick

Second Advisor

Laura Boisen

Third Advisor

Phu Phan


Despite increased knowledge and trained professionals in the field of human behavior, growing numbers of dysfunctional families are overwhelming the human service systems and society at-large. This qualitative study focused on the childhood experiences of two women from "troubled" families and exprored their perceptions and interpretations of their parents' maturity and responsible behavior. Their comments were then compared. to the Global Crlteria of Maturity. The phenomenological approach was used in exploring the childhood experiences of these women. It was found through the study that the two women perceived their parents' behavior as being responsible but, on the other hand, they sensed their parents' behavior as immature . The implications of this study would indicate that if "dysfunctional" parents or other role models are immature and lack responsibility, the likelihood of their children becoming mature and responsible may be more difficult.


SC 11.MSW.2000.West.RW

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