Date of Award

5-1-2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert W. Waymer.Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Henry Elonge, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examines the perceptions of Georgia home visitors in non-governmental programs (NGO) of the TANF program and their promotion practices. This study was based on the premise that home visitors have influence on whether or not program participants applied for the TANF program services based on their promotion ofthe program. A case study analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered using descriptive statistics, cross tabulations, phi, chi square and one way analysis of variance (ANOVA). The researcher found that 90% of the respondents disagreed with the benefits of TANF and 83% disagreed with the regulations of TANF. Despite their disagreement 64% reported promoting TANF in a positive manner. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that despite their perceptions of the TANF program, home visitors are maintaining appropriate professional boundaries by presenting families in need with the possible options and encouraging them to make the necessary choices.

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