The purpose of this study was to explore comfort levels, opinions, optimism regarding treatment, emotional and personal reactions, and punitive attitudes of social workers who provide case management to male child sex offenders. Ethnic differences in social workers' perspectives were also explored. The sample included 29 Department of Children and Family Services social workers.
The results of this descriptive study showed no significant differences in perspectives of male child sex offenders based on the social workers' ethnicity. The results also indicated that social workers are comfortable working with male child sex offender clients. They perceived male child sex offenders as being a large problem in society and believed that treatment is important and that group therapy is effective. In addition, the social workers reported barriers to treatment, including society's inability to observe the male child sex offender as a victim and the lack of education about the population.
|Advisor:||Potts, Marilyn K.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Criminology, Ethnic studies|
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