Dialectic tension of emancipation and control in staff/client interaction at shelters for battered women

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dc.contributor.advisor Stamp, Glen H. en_US
dc.contributor.author Stairs, Mary E. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:37:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:37:23Z
dc.date.created 1996 en_US
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1996 .S73 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/185524
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the dialectic of emancipation and control in the relationship between staff and clients at shelters for battered women. The dialectic of emancipation and control represents the tension shelter workers feel in trying to empower their clients while, at the same time, maintaining control over the programs and domestic order of the shelter. Past research has introduced this dialectic, but no studies exist which view it in the context of the staff/client relationship. Additionally, very little communication research exists exploring the interaction that takes place in shelters for battered women.Four employees of four different shelters were interviewed by this researcher. Their accounts were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using the constant comparative review method consistent with grounded theory. The workers' accounts indicated that the nature of their profession requires them to be dominant over their clients in five areas. Additionally, the workers discussed four contradictory aspects of their work which reflect the existence of the dialectic of emancipation and control in their interaction with clients.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent iii, 86 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social work with women. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women social workers. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Abused women -- Social conditions. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women's shelters. en_US
dc.title Dialectic tension of emancipation and control in staff/client interaction at shelters for battered women en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1020184 en_US


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