Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Naomi T. Ward

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert W. Waymer


The purpose of this study was to analyze and explain the relationship between the concept of attachment disorder and selected demographic variables of social workers employed as foster care workers within a metropolitan public department of child welfare services. A sample of 41 social workers was obtained from a population of 50 social workers. Random sampling was employed utilizing a questionnaire that was adapted from the Randolph Attachment Disorder Questionnaire (RADQ). Research indicated that a slight majority of social workers had knowledge of attachment disorder in children.

The findings indicated that there was no statistically significant relationship between the concept of attachment disorder and the educational degree, educational major or the work experience of foster care social workers who participated in the study.

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