Date of Award

5-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Sarita Davis

Abstract

This study evaluates the Fulton County Juvenile Court's Family Drug Court Program (FDC). The program was established under an initiative to provide substance abusing mothers a chance through recovery from the disease of chemical dependence. Specifically, this evaluation examines participants' perceptions of their recovery process and implications for maintaining sobriety. Sobriety is measured by the participating mothers' perception of the interventions and sanctions provided to them during each phase of their recovery process. A sample of adult files (N=20) were drawn from the FDC program.

Demographic and other data were collected from the courts Juvenile Court Automated Tracking System (JCATS). The frequency distributions of positive and negative responses were examined. The researcher found that overall, interventions provided by the Futon County Juvenile's Family Drug Court program demonstrated a positive impact on participating mothers' ability to maintain sobriety.

Symbolic Interaction theory explains the use of Social Work skills through family preservation. This theory is used to assess the efficacy of the Family Drug Court's process.

The results of this study can be used to improve the services offered by the Family Drug Court team and ultimately reduce relapse rates. It is this study's intent to inform program administrators of how recovery is perceived by their clients.

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