Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
The purpose of this study was to identify salient factors contributing to the overrepresentation of African Americans in the child welfare system. This study seeks to examine whether or not public child welfare workers are biased in their assessments of African Americans, and if years of experience influence their judgment. By understanding some of the salient factors that contribute to these disproportionate numbers, Child Welfare Services can begin to revamp their programs and services to ensure that they are more culturally sensitive and equitable.
Owens, Rebecca Sheree and Roushion, Courtney Marques, "Overrepresentation of African Americans in the child welfare system: Differential treatment in risk assessment by public child welfare workers" (2006). Theses Digitization Project. 3006.