Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Anthropology
"Intake" as the world itself indicates refers to that which is taken in. It is a term that is apropos, applying as it does to a department of a social agency organized especially for the purpose of determining whether or not the person who has come to the agency asking for some form of relief, treatment, or assistance needs the services of the agency or presents a problem which falls within the scope of the agency. Intake is the department which gives the applicant his first impression and as such may be either constructive or destructive. A very thorough piece of investigation must be done and yet the investigation should be made as bearable as it is humanly possible to make it. It is important for the Intake Department to have its personnel composed of the best trained professional social workers, since the work of the entire agency depends a great deal upon the efficiency and precision with which Intake functions.
Larson, Myrtle Blanck, "Intake in Public Relief Agencies" (1936). Student Work. 2208.