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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Teaster, Pamela B
Author's Email Address pteaster@vt.edu
URN etd-36171339701021
Title When the State Takes Over a Life: the Public Guardian as Public Administrator
Degree PhD
Department Public Administration and Public Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dudley, Larkin S.
McAuley, William J.
Wamsley, Gary L.
Zallen, Doris T.
Keywords
  • autonomy
  • public administration
  • guardianship
  • democratic governance
Date of Defense 1997-02-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Public guardians are individuals appointed by the state

to care for the interests of incapacitated citizens.

The nature and quality of their care is examined at sites

in Maryland, Delaware, Tennessee, and Virginia. In the

first three states public guardianship programs have been

running for at least ten years; in Virginia two pilot

projects are currently underway. All sites use different

service delivery models. In addition to studying case

file notes, public guardians, program supervisors, and

wards were observed and interviewed with regard to their

background, their views on public guardianship,

accountability and effectiveness, and services provided.

The aim of this study is to contribute to a

better qualitative understanding of how well state public

guardian programs intersect intimately with individuals

for whom no other responsible decision maker exists.

The study concludes with recommendations regarding the

roles of the public guardian in improving wards' quality

of life through substitute decision making and in enhancing

democratic governance to give voice to wards through their

own participation in decision making and relationships with

their public guardian.

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