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NCJ Number: 64133 Find in a Library
Title: LEGAL KNOWLEDGE AND CASEWORK WITH DELINQUENT ADOLESCENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES (FROM CONTROLLING DELINQUENTS, 1968, BY STANTON WHEELER AND HELEN MACGILL HUGHES - SEE NCJ-64125)
Author(s): F B FOGELSON; H E FREEMAN
Corporate Author: John Wiley and Sons
Managing Editor
United States of America
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: John Wiley and Sons
New York, NY 10158
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: LEGAL ISSUES AND DISPUTES IN CASES OF FAMILIES WHICH INCLUDED A DELINQUENT ADOLESCENT WERE ANALYZED TO DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF LEGAL KNOWLEDGE FOR A SOCIAL WORKER.
Abstract: THE STUDY SELECTED THE CASE RECORDS OF 83 FAMILIES WHO HAD BEEN SEEN BY A SOCIAL WORKER FOR AT LEAST 2 MONTHS FROM A QUASI-PUBLIC PROTECTIVE AGENCY, A LARGE FAMILY AGENCY, AND A PSYCHOLOGICALLY ORIENTED AGENCY. LEGAL ISSUES REFERRED TO SITUATIONS WHERE FAMILY MEMBERS' RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, AND DUTIES WERE INVOLVED, WHILE INVOKING THE LAW TO PROTECT OR ENFORCE SUCH RIGHTS WAS TERMED A LEGAL DISPUTE. SITUATIONS CONTAINING BOTH ELEMENTS WERE CALLED LEGAL INCIDENTS. THE CONTENT OF LEGAL DISPUTES AND ISSUES WAS CLASSIFIED INTO PROPERTY, PERSONAL, AND COMMUNITY INCIDENTS. LAWYERS USED THESE CATEGORIES TO CODE INFORMATION, AND RELIABILITY WAS CHECKED BY DOUBLE CODING. VIRTUALLY ALL CASES STUDIED MANIFESTED LEGAL INCIDENTS, AND APPROXIMATELY HALF WERE ENGAGED IN LEGAL DISPUTES. A CASE FREQUENTLY EXHIBITED SEVERAL TYPES OF LEGAL CONTENT. FOR EXAMPLE, A MARRIED CLIENT WITH CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN CONSIDERING SEPARATING FROM HER UNEMPLOYED HUSBAND WAS CONCERNED ABOUT CREDITORS WHILE HER UNMARRIED DAUGHTER WANTED AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN FOR HER ILLEGITIMATE CHILD. PERSONAL INCIDENTS TENDED TO BE LEGAL ISSUES ONLY, BUT FAMILIES WITH COMMUNITY OR PROPERTY PROBLEMS WERE LIKELY TO BE INVOLVED IN LEGAL DISPUTES. THE STUDY CONCLUDED THAT SOCIAL WORKERS SHOULD BE MORE MORE SENSITIVE AND KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT LEGAL MATTERS, ALTHOUGH THIS COULD CONFLICT WITH THE TRADITIONAL VIEW OF THE CASEWORKER AS A LIMITED PRACTITIONER. BASED ON A REVIEW OF THE MANY LEGAL INCIDENTS THAT WERE IGNORED BY SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE 83 CASES, A LIST OF QUESTIONS ON LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES IS INCLUDED WITH CASE EXAMPLES. TABLES, A CHART, AND FOOTNOTES ARE PROVIDED. FOR RELATED ARTICLES, SEE NCJ-64125. (MJM)
Index Term(s): Family counseling; Juvenile case records; Juvenile case studies; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Legal aid services; Legal training
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