Public Perceptions of Public Social Workers in Comments of the Internet Media Discussion Rooms after Welfare Embezzlement Cases in 2008

인터넷 토론방 댓글에 나타난 사회복지전담공무원에 대한 대중의 인식 -2008년에 발생한 복지지원금 횡령사건 이후를 중심으로-

  • Received : 2009.10.21
  • Accepted : 2009.12.03
  • Published : 2010.02.28


Recently, there were some welfare embezzlement cases of public social workers. The purpose of this study is to explore public perceptions of public social workers by analysing the comments named "datgeul" in the internet media discussion rooms("toronbang") about welfare embezzlement cases of public social workers. The results show that the main discourse about public social workers to perform a dual role as the public servants and social workers on the front line of public social welfare is that they are the victims of both a public official system and welfare administration system. In addition, social workers in public sphere are still recognized as service personnels with sacrifice and commitment rather than as professionals. Finally, the implications of this study were discussed to improve public perceptions of social welfare professionals.