Date of Award

5-1-1993

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Naomi T. Ward

Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the attitude towards child abuse and the level of stress among homeless parents. To obtain this objective the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) and the Index of Clinical Stress (ICS) were administered to 21 participants who attended the parenting support group at the Atlanta Children's Shelter, Inc. This study revealed that out of the selected six statements, the majority of the sample population showed attitudes in three statements that would suggest that they were at high risk for abuse of their children. There was a relationship between the level of stress in relation to child abuse in the areas of children should always be physically punished, a child should always be spanked when they misbehave and a child should be forced to respect parental authority. The results further indicated that out of the ten statements utilized to measure stress, the sample population showed high levels of stress from feeling extremely tense some of the time, to being so stressed that they would like to hit something a good part of the time. This concludes that the level of stress among the homeless parents in this sample population may be at high risk for abusive behavior.

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