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Gender Differences In Treating Adolescents With Eating Disorders, Cameron Green Jan 2013

Gender Differences In Treating Adolescents With Eating Disorders, Cameron Green

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Previous research indicates that female and male adolescents have many differences and similarities in contributing factors to and treatment of eating disorders. The goal of this study was to further explore treatment differences between male and female adolescents with eating disorders. Other objectives in this study explored the contributing factors to eating disorders, treatment success rates among respondents, and treatment modalities used by respondents. The present study explored the following research question: What are the similarities and differences between genders in treating adolescents with eating disorders? This is an exploratory design with a quantitative research design. The findings of this ...


Provider Opinions On Frequent Mental Health Hospitalizations, Courtney J. Funke Jan 2013

Provider Opinions On Frequent Mental Health Hospitalizations, Courtney J. Funke

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Frequent mental health hospitalizations are contingent on many variables. The purpose of this study was to gather provider opinions on frequent mental health hospitalizations. A qualitative design was utilized; ten providers participated in this study which explored factors of frequent mental health hospitalizations. Data were analyzed using content analysis. The findings indicated that all providers view medication management as a precipitating factor to psychiatric hospitalization. Findings indicate that support at discharge will greatly influence the success of the patron. The findings of this study indicate further need for education and advocacy in mental health. Findings suggest that stigma and limited ...


Perceptions Of Social Work And Collaboration With Clinical Social Workers: Clergy Perspectives, Susan C. Amann Jan 2013

Perceptions Of Social Work And Collaboration With Clinical Social Workers: Clergy Perspectives, Susan C. Amann

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Social workers provide services to meet the needs of individuals, communities and society. Due to limited funding and high need, social workers may need to collaborate with other professionals to meet the needs. The clergy are one such group of professionals. They encounter a variety of needs presented by their parishioners and the communities to which they belong. This qualitative research study sought to identify clergy persons’ perceptions of social workers and perspectives on collaborating with social workers. Individual interviews were held with eight Protestant clergy persons holding a Master of Divinity degree and serving in suburban parishes. The major ...


Why We Do What We Do: A Psychosocial Development Perspective On Factors That Influence Decision To Pursue A Career In Social Work, Hugh Armstrong Jan 2013

Why We Do What We Do: A Psychosocial Development Perspective On Factors That Influence Decision To Pursue A Career In Social Work, Hugh Armstrong

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


Walking Two Worlds: Healing From Trauma In The American Indian Community, Sierra R. Asamoa-Tutu Jan 2013

Walking Two Worlds: Healing From Trauma In The American Indian Community, Sierra R. Asamoa-Tutu

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

American Indian populations are known to be affected by high rates of trauma, including the impact and perpetuating effects of historical trauma. In an effort to better understand effective ways of healing from trauma, this study explores the methods utilized by American Indian people to facilitate healing, specifically from symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Qualitative interviews were used to collect the stories and experiences of eight practitioners working with American Indian clients as they relate to the use of traditional healing practices and use of Western mental health services. Findings revealed four themes that are consistent with prior research, and yet ...


Women’S Experiences Of Birth Trauma And Postpartum Mental Health, Ashley Ashbacher Jan 2013

Women’S Experiences Of Birth Trauma And Postpartum Mental Health, Ashley Ashbacher

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Approximately a third of childbearing women report their birth experience as traumatic (Ford, Ayers, & Bradley, 2010). This experience is subjective and what qualifies as trauma varies among the women who report it. Research surrounding birth trauma is primarily quantitative in nature and does not fully address the personal and emotional experience of birth trauma. The goal of this study was to examine the thoughts and emotional experiences among women who self-identified as having a traumatic birth. Qualitative interviews were conducted with nine women who reported the birth of at least one child as traumatic. Interviews focused on participants’ birth stories ...


Hospice Social Work Methods And Interventions For Terminally Ill Patients Experiencing Anticipatory Grief, Jolene Metcalf Jan 2013

Hospice Social Work Methods And Interventions For Terminally Ill Patients Experiencing Anticipatory Grief, Jolene Metcalf

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


Methadone Dosage Levels And Borderline Personality Disorder, Daniel Monserud Jan 2013

Methadone Dosage Levels And Borderline Personality Disorder, Daniel Monserud

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Objectives: Methadone is the most commonly prescribed medication treatment in the United States for the treatment of opioid dependence. Past research has found that people diagnosed with personality disorders require a higher level of methadone to satisfy their feelings of distress, emptiness and need to feel special. The researcher hypothesized that participants diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder would receive a higher level of methadone dose in milligrams than their other mentally disordered colleagues. Methods: This study examines the influence of Borderline Personality Disorder, gender, age and Major Depressive Disorder has on the dosage levels of 184 clients who both receive ...


The Hmong Community: Acculturation And Utilization Of Domestic Violence Services, Hlee Moua Jan 2013

The Hmong Community: Acculturation And Utilization Of Domestic Violence Services, Hlee Moua

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study examined the cultural beliefs surrounding domestic violence of those in the Hmong community and the role of acculturation and how these affect the utilization of domestic violence services. Domestic violence is an issue in many communities but often hidden or not spoken of in the Hmong community. Some of the overarching themes that have been identified to play a role in domestic violence in the Hmong community include various cultural norms, such as patriarchal values, traditional gender roles, and the value of family, with the addition of acculturation difficulties. A mixed method study was facilitated using the General ...


Health Care Professionals’ Experiences Practicing Integrative Medicine, Amanda Muenzenmeyer Jan 2013

Health Care Professionals’ Experiences Practicing Integrative Medicine, Amanda Muenzenmeyer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The practice of integrative medicine has regained popularity in recent years. As a theoretical framework, integrative medicine is a viable option to consider in place of a traditional medicine model from a patient satisfaction and cost savings viewpoint. The purpose of this paper was to explore the experiences and viewpoints of healthcare professionals in regards to practicing integrative medicine. The Health Belief Model was used as a conceptual framework. Using a quantitative design, health care professionals across a variety of disciplines were recruited from three agencies within the Midwest who currently provide services to patients with an integrative medicine model ...


Complementary/Alternative Treatments For Cancer Patients With Depression And Anxiety: Critical Analysis, Anna Murie Jan 2013

Complementary/Alternative Treatments For Cancer Patients With Depression And Anxiety: Critical Analysis, Anna Murie

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Cancer is a life threatening disease that has many psychological and physical effects on the patient population. Fifty-five percent of cancer patients reported at least mild levels of depression and sixty-four percent reported at least mild levels of anxiety (Salvo et al., 2012). A review of the literature suggested that complementary and alternative therapies have positive effects on relieving depression and anxiety in cancer patients. This research is looking to address the importance of complementary and alternative therapy use with cancer patients. Qualitative interviews were conducted with seven oncology social workers. The research used an inductive grounded theory method. The ...


Behavior & Developmental Treatment Models For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Factors Guiding Clinician Preference And Perceptions, James E. Nee Jan 2013

Behavior & Developmental Treatment Models For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Factors Guiding Clinician Preference And Perceptions, James E. Nee

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

1 in 88 children are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, a condition that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and relate socially to other people, as well as cause a person to partake in repetitive or stereotyped behaviors. There are several interventions parents and professionals can utilize to remediate the three core deficits of Autism, however the theories behind what should be focused on in these treatment models are very different. This qualitative study aimed to investigate the factors that guide clinicians’ preferences and perceptions of a behavioral and developmental model as well as analyzed the interventions for ...


Divorce Mediation And Its Impact On Children, Brianna L. Nelson Jan 2013

Divorce Mediation And Its Impact On Children, Brianna L. Nelson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The percentage of children experiencing divorce in the United States and around the world has dramatically increased in the last fifty years and currently affects one million children every year. Divorce mediation can be helpful and beneficial for families when resolving emotional and familial conflict, which could decrease the negative effects divorce can have on children. This research aims to address the decision making process that mediators use when deciding to include children in the mediation process. A qualitative study was conducted, in which professional mediators were interviewed regarding the decision making process used to determine whether or not children ...


Key Elements Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cheryl A. Nickelson Jan 2013

Key Elements Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cheryl A. Nickelson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore the research question: what are the key elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) that make it effective when working with people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)? Using a qualitative design, 6 participants from mental health agencies in Twin Cities, MN were interviewed. A semi-structured interview of fourteen questions was used based on the literature review to further explore the research question. Findings suggest that there is not one main element that makes DBT effective when using DBT with people with a diagnosis of BPD, but several elements that come ...


Understanding Acculturation: An Exploratory Study Of Tibetan-American High School Students, Kunga Norzom Jan 2013

Understanding Acculturation: An Exploratory Study Of Tibetan-American High School Students, Kunga Norzom

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research study was to understand how acculturation affects Tibetan-American high school students’ ability to develop a new identity considering many variables and how that identity relates to different parts of their life and issues related to that both at home with parents and other significant relationships in life. The aspects explored are the rate of acculturation, age of arrival, familial relationship, community involvement, and level of cultural practice at home. This research paper will integrate past studies about different Asian American communities and specific issues affecting youth in an attempt to understand the current group of ...


Older Adults In Long-Term Care: Fostering Hope Amidst Loss, Sarah J. Olsen Jan 2013

Older Adults In Long-Term Care: Fostering Hope Amidst Loss, Sarah J. Olsen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

There are an increasing number of older adults who are facing major life transitions and significant losses as they age. Finding a sense of hope among the losses and changes these older adults face is one way they can maintain a quality of life or as some researchers have termed it – successfully age. Social workers are often the front line workers with these older adults and therefore can play an integral role in fostering a sense of hope. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand social workers’ perspectives on their role in fostering a sense of hope among ...


Mental Health Practitioners’ Views On Why Somatic Experiencing Works For Treating Trauma, Michelle C. Olssen Jan 2013

Mental Health Practitioners’ Views On Why Somatic Experiencing Works For Treating Trauma, Michelle C. Olssen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Trauma is an issue that affects many people, and traditional trauma treatment techniques have fallen short of helping people to completely heal. The purpose of this project was to explore the views of mental health practitioners as to why Somatic Experiencing (SE) works in the treatment of trauma. Using a qualitative design, ten mental health practitioners currently utilizing SE techniques were interviewed about their experiences applying SE with trauma clients. Data was analyzed using content analysis and an inductive approach in which categories were first developed from the interview responses via open coding and then were linked to previous related ...


Attitudes Of School Social Workers Towards Learning, Susan Opperman Jan 2013

Attitudes Of School Social Workers Towards Learning, Susan Opperman

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study explored school social workers’ attitudes about the learning disability diagnostic models (severe achievement discrepancy model and response to intervention) which are currently used in schools. Specifically, it attempted to determine whether school social workers were satisfied with either of these models or if they preferred them to be replaced. The study revealed school social workers overwhelmingly use only the serve achievement discrepancy model to diagnose learning disabled children, even though an alternative model, response to intervention, has been available for use for 9 years. In addition, school social workers indicated that the models need to be replaced. Finally ...


Ethical Implications: End Of Life Planning For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities, Kylie Otte Jan 2013

Ethical Implications: End Of Life Planning For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities, Kylie Otte

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities need to engage in end of life planning, however it is essential to determine how their support networks fit into the process. As individuals with Intellectual Disabilities require support to live their daily lives, they too need support when making decisions surrounding medical treatments and end of life planning. The purpose of this study was to identify ethical implications for social workers, when working with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities when engaging in end of life planning. Seven respondents participated in this study consisting of qualitative interviews. Each of the interviewees responded to similar question lists, written ...


The Role Of Community Based Programs In Reducing Recidivism In Ex-Offenders, Paige Paulson Jan 2013

The Role Of Community Based Programs In Reducing Recidivism In Ex-Offenders, Paige Paulson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study aims focus and attention toward the growing social problem of recidivism among ex-offenders in the United States. The United States incarcerates more people than any other country and the numbers continue to grow. In addition, the United States has the highest rates of recidivism (Pew Center on the States, 2011). Recidivism is defined as a persons continued criminal behavior after receiving some sanctions or undergoing intervention for a pervious crime (National Institute of Justice, 2010). The goal of this research is to highlight important literature that has impacted our views on recidivism, crime, and ex-offenders as well as ...


The Impact Of Parenting Styles On The Emotional Regulation Of Adolescents, Amber L. Pearson Jan 2013

The Impact Of Parenting Styles On The Emotional Regulation Of Adolescents, Amber L. Pearson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Teenagers under the influence of strong emotions, without the tools to regulate them, can be identified as dangerous. Throughout the past decade many cases of poor emotional regulation in adolescents have been documented, including school shootings, murders, and suicides. The literature discussed the impact attachment and parenting styles have on the development of adolescents and the positive outcomes individual work with parents, in therapy, has had for family systems. This research aims to further the knowledge of the impact parenting styles have on the development of emotional regulation in adolescents and to describe effective means of helping adolescents develop the ...


Veterans’ Experiences With Combat-Related Ptsd Treatment, Heidi A. Priestley Jan 2013

Veterans’ Experiences With Combat-Related Ptsd Treatment, Heidi A. Priestley

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore from Veterans’ perspectives, their experiences with combat-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment and to report their advice to social workers involved in treating Veterans. This subject has particular importance given the increasing number of Veterans who have returned and are currently returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan with this diagnosis. Interviews were conducted with four subjects, all of whom had been deployed to a combat zone, were diagnosed with combat-related PTSD, and completed outpatient treatment prior to July 1, 2012. The interviewees discussed their experiences with PTSD treatment and offered ...


Exploratory Evaluation Of The Role Of Social Workers During Adoption Disruption, Elise K. Reding Jan 2013

Exploratory Evaluation Of The Role Of Social Workers During Adoption Disruption, Elise K. Reding

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research study is a qualitative project exploring social workers’ experiences in working with adoption disruption. The literature covers adoption history, adoption statistics, disruption information, disruption risk factors, services and mental health aspects. Seven participants, including adoption social workers and a post adoption parent support specialist were interviewed from various adoption agencies. Findings include discovering there is a lack of a concrete definition for adoption disruption, the importance of expectations from adoptive parents, identifying struggles faced by adoption social workers, initial responses to a family wanting to disrupt, current services, barriers to services, and ways to reduce adoption disruption.


Gerotranscendence And Successful Aging: The Lived Experience, Allyson R. Rempel Jan 2013

Gerotranscendence And Successful Aging: The Lived Experience, Allyson R. Rempel

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

With the impending explosion in the number of older adults in this country, new ways of understanding and serving this population are vital to success in clinical social work practice. This study explored the lived aging experience from the perspective of older adults in the context of gerotranscendence and successful aging. Nine older adults over the age of 80 were interviewed by the researcher. The findings of the study indicate the presence of gerotranscendence, and confirmed that it coincided with the concept of successful aging in all nine participants. Implications include the need for a more holistic understanding of older ...


The Effect Of Animal-Assisted Therapy On Children With Disabilities, Alison E. Ries Jan 2013

The Effect Of Animal-Assisted Therapy On Children With Disabilities, Alison E. Ries

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research project is a qualitative study that explores the effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on children with disabilities from the perspective of Animal-Assisted Therapists. One of the goals of this research project was to provide support for this holistic inclusion of AAT in therapeutic practice with children. Six in-depth interviews were conducted with licensed and practicing Animal-Assisted Therapists, who are working with the specified population, children with mental health and neurobiological disabilities. Data analysis occurred within a two-month period. The categories that emerged were: 1) client population, 2) clinician experience, 3) initial session, 4) family involvement, 5) social and ...


Gay Affirmative Practice: Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives, Victoria Ruckle Jan 2013

Gay Affirmative Practice: Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives, Victoria Ruckle

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study assessed clinical social workers’ beliefs and behaviors about working with gay and lesbian clients using the Gay Affirmative Practice Scale (GAPS) (Crisp, 2006). The survey, completed by 18 clinical social workers in Minnesota, consisted of the GAP Scale, demographic questions, and an open-ended question. The scores from this survey were slightly higher than those from previous studies (a higher score representing more affirmative practice with gay and lesbian clients). Respondents who had specific training related to working with gay and lesbian clients had lower GAPS scores than those who had no specific training. This study reinforced previous research ...


The Use Of Art In Therapy: An Exploratory Study, Jamie Sanders Jan 2013

The Use Of Art In Therapy: An Exploratory Study, Jamie Sanders

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


Later Life Divorce & The Adult Child, Kayla Schwartzhoff Jan 2013

Later Life Divorce & The Adult Child, Kayla Schwartzhoff

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this paper was to explore what measures are being taken to help adult children (17 years old and older) through their parent’s later-life divorce. Using a systematic literature review, articles were analyzed using specific criteria. The findings produced no articles on services for adult children of divorce. Reasons why there is not literature on adult children of divorce were given, as well as a case study of Al & Tipper Gore, which highlights the cultural context of separating the institution of marriage from the needs of biological children. These findings emphasize the need for further research on ...


Adapting To Change: "Provider Perspectives On The Transition To Long Term Care", Paige Elise Sorenson Jan 2013

Adapting To Change: "Provider Perspectives On The Transition To Long Term Care", Paige Elise Sorenson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study investigated the transition from independent living to long-term care settings from the perspective of social workers currently in the field. This study was carried out using qualitative interviews with semi-structured questions. The sample was made up of five participants. The primary purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the transitional process from independent living to long-term care from the perspective of social workers who are professionally-involved in this process. The secondary purpose of this study was to understand the dynamic issues faced by long-term care social workers and to better understand how their unique ...


Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark Jan 2013

Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examines the perspectives and efforts of Minnesota Reading Corps members and Master Coaches to help Early Language Learners become kindergarten ready.

Minnesota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of third grade. The program places Reading Corps members as literacy tutors in sites across Minnesota to implement a research-based early-literacy effort to help struggling readers. The Reading Corps strategies are designed for both preschool-aged children and students from kindergarten to third grade students. This phenomenological study looks at the stories and captures the essence of the ...