Application of an empirical model of social work practice in a family service agency

Browne, Maureen E. (1981) Application of an empirical model of social work practice in a family service agency. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

In this project the historical dichotomy between social work research and practice was outlined, and a model of empirical practice which could be utilized by the social worker in a family agency was proposed. -- The project involved the systematic application of an empirical model utilizing the single-subject or time-series design. The model was applied in various client situations in a family agency over a three month period, but the main focus of the project was the application of the model with a single case. -- The project employed a single-subject design and data was collected during baseline and intervention by a within-interview measurement strategy. Seven areas of family interaction, operationalized into statements, were selected as targets of change. Audio-visual recordings of each interview were made, the tapes re-played, and the number of times each selected statement of interaction occurred within a one-hour interview was tabulated. The tapes were reviewed by the clinician and a clinical supervisor, in order to increase the reliability of the measurement strategy. Supplementary, less objective data was used in addition to the concrete data, as an indication of clinical success. -- The results of the project yielded concrete data on interaction change which suggested that intervention had been successful. It was found that clinical requirements did impose restrictions on carrying out certain research procedures which would have strengthened the conclusion that the intervention caused the changes in the interaction. However, it was found that utilization of the model required a clear specification of all components of the therapy process, which would allow replication of the project to occur. Utilization of this model also yi8elded valuable information on the effects of specific components of the treatment package. -- The conclusion drawn from this project was that a model utilizing a single-subject design can be incorporated into clinical practice, and that this equips the clinician with objective information on his or her interventions with clients which would not otherwise be available.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7754
Item ID: 7754
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 50-57
Department(s): Social Work, School of
Date: 1981
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Social service--Research; Family social work

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