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Social Worker Attitudes Toward Court-Mandated Substance-Abusing Clients

NCJ Number
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Dated: January-March 2010 Pages: 81-98
Elena Vairo, Ph.D., LCSW
Date Published
March 2010
18 pages
This study investigated the attitudes of social workers toward clients mandated to substance abuse treatment.
Surveys were mailed nationwide to members of the National Association of Social Workers with a stated work focus of substance abuse (N = 779). Participants received one of six vignettes depicting a client scenario and a semantic differential scale on which to rate the client. Client status (mandated to treatment, volunteered for treatment, no substance abuse condition) was the independent variable. Three categories of attitudes (determined by a factor analysis of the semantic differential data) were the dependent variables. Mandated clients were rated lowest on all attitude dimensions. Tables and references (Published Abstract)