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.
Social Policy and Social Research
Social Work and Social Ecology
School of Behavioral Health
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Date (Title Page)
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
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Leslie, Patricia Mary, "Modernization of Care: Self-Determination and Homeless Policy in San Diego" (2012). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 85.
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