Date of Award

5-1-1998

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Hattie Mitchell

Abstract

The overall objective of this study is to provide insight on Youth Care Workers perception of restraint and seclusion as interventive techniques and if the use or non-uses of those techniques affect the workers job satisfaction. The study used 29 respondents, ages 22 to 42 both male and female in which some used restraint and seclusion techniques and the others did not. To obtain the findings, comparative analyses of several variables were observed such as; workers perceived satisfaction with their job, workers job satisfaction, workers perception of restraints, and workers perception of seclusion. In addition it is exploratory in that the results will provide important baseline information regarding Youth Care Workers perception of restraint and seclusion as interventive strategies among adolescents in residential treatment facilities.

A self-administered questionnaire was given to Youth Care Workers that work at a facility that uses restraint and seclusion techniques and facility that does not use restraint and seclusion techniques. The questionnaire consisted of forty-three questions that addressed Youth Care Workers perception of restraint, seclusion, job satisfaction and level ofjob satisfaction. The study hypothesis stated that there would be a significant difference between Youth Care Workers perception of the use and non-use of restraint and seclusion as interventive strategies among adolescents in residential treatment facilities and the effects of the use or non-use on job satisfaction.

This study hypothesis was rejected because the results revealed that according to the responses of the respondents, there was no significant difference in the Youth Care Workers perception of restraints, perception of seclusion, perception of job satisfaction or level of job satisfaction. Due to the small sample of respondents, a significant difference was difficult to establish. However, there is room for further research regarding restraint and seclusion and the effects these interventive techniques may have on job satisfaction.

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