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Understanding Male Engagement in Child Welfare Practice

Snyder, Amber (2021) Understanding Male Engagement in Child Welfare Practice. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Child welfare is an essential component of society, and agencies that ensure the safety,
permanency, and well-being of children are faced with challenges in staffing, resources, and
knowledge of how to properly engage communities, specifically males in rural communities. Rural
communities were made the primary focus of this study due to a high number of rural communities
in Pennsylvania and limited research exploring specifically male engagement in rural
This study examined the rural child welfare practice as it relates to the engagement of
males. The study examined, through interviews with active CWP, the barriers to male engagement,
and the perceived differences between engagement with male and female family members. The
study acquired qualitative data through interviews with twenty caseworkers. Through an
examination of literature, this study theorized that gender bias and roles would factor in challenges
with male engagement. The discussion and implications of this study will highlight three key
findings: the role of sexism and cultural barriers, the importance of male engagement, and moving
forward with male engagement.
It is recommended this study be used with ongoing research, and ongoing assessment
efforts to implement macro level changes to practice to enhance male engagement. It is also
recommended to conduct ongoing research exploring sexism and specific approaches for
engagement with males.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Snyder, Amberals373@pitt.eduals3730000-0002-7872-715X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairShafiq, M. Najeebmnshafiq@pitt.eduMNSHAFIQ
Committee MemberPerry, Marlomap225@pitt.eduMAP225
Committee MemberCreavey, Kristineklc164@pitt.eduKLC164
Date: 21 May 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 30 March 2021
Approval Date: 21 May 2021
Submission Date: 30 April 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 108
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexism casework simulation
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 15:22


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