School for Social Work
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how clinical social workers approach assessment of siblings for physical, sexual, or emotional abuse with particular focus on assessment techniques. Thirteen clinical social workers participated in individual interviews that asked them to talk about their approach to the assessment process and to the content of that assessment. Participants were selected through a non-random sample of convenience from a child and family social service agency in New England. The findings of this study show that for this sample there is not a uniform method of assessing sibling abuse, although the content of assessment is strikingly similar. Participants tend to gather similar information but do so in a variety of different ways, suggesting that the process of assessment may be less important as a variable of detection than content. These findings suggest that a more thorough assessment structure is needed for effective clinical social work practice with children and families.
Parks, Hillary Faye., "Beyond sibling rivalry : an exploratory study of social work assessment of school-age sibling abuse" (2007). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.