Social service agencies often ignore death and dying issues (DDI). Direct care staff (DCS) are left to fend for themselves. They express themselves when it comes to DDI. Training on DDI and grief and loss issues (GLI) is scarce. Theories such as Symbolic Interactionism and Awareness theory help explain GLI and DDI. The methods used in this study include qualitative interviewing. Ten DCS were interviewed from a Fargo social service agency. They were asked questions about their beliefs in DDi and their work with clientele. Also addressed were how DDI effected them personally and their educational background. Results indicated that their were positive perceptions of the disabled people regarding DDI and GLI. The DCS believe that the disabled individual grieves adequately with staff and family assistance. Additionally the disabled persons with whom the DCS worked understood GLI and DDI. The staff at this agency were not trained for DDI until an incident ocured.
|Commitee:||Kelly, Gina, Klenow, Daniel, Weber, Christina|
|School:||North Dakota State University|
|Department:||Sociology and Anthropology|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Mental health, Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Death, Dying, Grief, Loss, Mental disability, Social service agency|
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