Experience and Task of Public Guardianship Service Activity for the mentally disabled -in Perspectives of advocacy

정신장애인의 공공후견서비스 활동 경험과 과제 -권익옹호의 관점에서

  • 김효정 (한국후견.신탁연구센터) ;
  • 박인환 (인하대학교 법학전문대학원) ;
  • 최윤영 (백석대학교 사회복지학부)
  • Received : 2019.04.01
  • Accepted : 2019.05.20
  • Published : 2019.05.28


The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences and challenges of public guardianship services project for the mental disabled as a system of supporting the decision-making and the rights advocacy. For this purpose, interviews with 11 social workers who act as public guardians were conducted and a model of practice was suggested through analysis using the grounded theory of Strauss and Corbin(1998). As a results, the possibility of rights advocacy through public guardian services for the mentally disabled, the positive change of attitude of the facilities and the establishment of direction for the restoration of rights for the mentally disabled were derived. Public guardians experienced excessive empowerment of their guardians or difficulties in the process of their duties, but were also able to defend the rights of the mental disabled and support self-determination right. Through this study, expansion of budgets and expansion of beneficiaries for public guardianship services, establishment of infrastructure for integration in the community, set-up a support organization for public guardian services and Raising awareness of the mental disabled and public guardian services were suggested.

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Fig. 1. Model the Experience of Public Guardianship Service

Table 1. Characteristics of participants

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Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea


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