African child welfare case workers' case practice decisions

Faith Mary-Patience Maswoswe, Fordham University


This study examined the relationship between the African Immigrant (Black) Case Workers (68 CWs) acculturation to the US and their case practice decisions with Black clients (African, Carribean, & African-American). Acculturation was defined as perceived prejudice, the immigrants' “observance of cultural practices and social ties”, language usage and overall acculturation. Case practice decisions were defined as problem identification and intervention plan decisions correctly identified by the CWs in three scenarios. The results indicated that as a whole this sample of African CWs was acculturated on all dimensions. The CWs made more accurate decisions with problems identification than with intervention decisions. The more acculturated the CWs were, the less appropriate their intervention plan decisions.

Subject Area

Social work|Welfare

Recommended Citation

Maswoswe, Faith Mary-Patience, "African child welfare case workers' case practice decisions" (2002). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3078660.