The purpose of this study was to explore children's social workers' perceptions of media portrayals of children's social workers and the child welfare system. Nineteen Los Angeles County children's social workers participated in semi-structured, qualitative interviews examining media exposure, perceptions of media portrayals of social work and children's social workers, and the impact media portrayals have on their interactions with families involved in the child welfare system. In addition to identifying media portrayals as negative and inaccurate, this study found changes in children's social workers' relationships with families. Families mention media stories and question workers, building a trusting relationship is more difficult, other families are punished for previous families' mistakes, and workers have become more cautious and defensive when interacting with families. This study also found that children's social workers are affected by media portrayals through increased stress levels, decreased job satisfaction, and changes in self-care. Further research is suggested.
|Commitee:||Nagai, Chikako, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Mass communications|
|Keywords:||Child welfare system, Children's social worker, Foster care system, Media portrayals|
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