Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Barragan, Armando


The study focused on identifying the impact the job stress of a child welfare social worker has on the quality of their relationship with their intimate partner. The study examined child welfare social workers in a Child Protective Services department in a county in Southern California. The study utilized a positivist paradigm with data gathered through self-administered online surveys. The researcher utilized the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for the data analysis. The research conducted a correlational analysis, as both the independent variable (job stress) and dependent variable (relationship quality) are interval levels of measurement. The results failed to reject the null hypothesis as there was no significant correlation between job stress and low relationship quality. The study served a purpose to begin a discussion regarding the job stress that child welfare social workers endure throughout their daily duties and the impact it has on their personal relationship with their significant other. The small study may help inspire a future large-scale study that may show a significant correlation between the two variables. Furthermore, the study may inspire similar studies, such as examining the impact that the high job stress levels have on the family unit overall, including spouse and children.

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