A constructivist grounded theory study of collaboration in multidisciplinary teams responsible for child abuse investigations

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dc.contributor Cordisco-Steele, Linda
dc.contributor Crowther, Martha R.
dc.contributor Smith, Brenda D.
dc.contributor Williams, Javonda D.
dc.contributor.advisor Nelson-Gardell, Debra M.
dc.contributor.author Young, Teresa H.
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:22:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:22:33Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001852
dc.identifier.other Young_alatus_0004D_12265
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2289
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract The multidisciplinary team response to child abuse emerged during the 1980's in response to increasing numbers of child abuse reports and the need to coordinate existing community resources more efficiently. This study investigates how multidisciplinary team members perceived collaboration and its effects upon team functioning in child abuse investigations. Using a grounded theory approach, a diverse sample of child protective service workers, law enforcement investigators, medical and mental health professionals, and prosecuting attorneys from four states were interviewed face-to-face about their perceptions of collaborating with different agencies responsible for child abuse investigations. The study revealed that effective multidisciplinary teams rely upon collaborative relationships. The ability of team members to work together affects not only how teams function but also informs investigative outcomes and hence services to children and families. The findings indicated that study participants face challenges such as dealing with differing agency policies and procedures and how the development of collaborative relationships mitigate these circumstances. Study findings hold implications for professionals responsible for responding to reports of suspected child abuse, as well as social work educators in preparing students to practice in a multidisciplinary team environment through understanding the development of collaborative relationships. en_US
dc.format.extent 254 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Social work
dc.title A constructivist grounded theory study of collaboration in multidisciplinary teams responsible for child abuse investigations en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. School of Social Work
etdms.degree.discipline Social Work
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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