Abstract

Many disciplines are interested in the impact of modernization on various aspects of society. Modernization contributes to greater complexity, rationalization, and individualization in social structures and human interactions. Has modernization also impacted the professional response to social problems? This study explores whether modern evidence-based practice homeless policy aligns with the core principle of selfdetermination identified in the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Homeless policy for the San Diego region and surveys completed by 367 homeless persons during the Sharing the San Diego Story (SSDS) project are used to explore whether or not local homeless policy priorities and services align with the self-determined priorities of homeless persons. Survey data regarding the self-determined service preferences for homeless persons in San Diego are compared with homeless policy priorities from the same area. While the comparison yields strong similarities, notable differences were identified.

LLU Discipline

Social Policy and Social Research

Department

Social Work and Social Ecology

School

School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Davidian, Richard

Second Advisor

Freeman, Kimberly

Third Advisor

Gardner, Robert

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Level

Ph.D.

Year Degree Awarded

2012

Date (Title Page)

8-1-2012

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

San Diego, Calif.; National Association of Social Workers; Social Work; Evidence-based Practice; Homeless Persons; Homelessness;

Subject - Local

Modernization, Homeless Policy, Social Policy, Self-determination

Type

Dissertation

Page Count

236 p.

Digital Format

Application/PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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Social Policy Commons

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