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The Impact Of Social And Family Support On The Psychological Well-Being Of Atheists, Justin R. Potter Jan 2015

The Impact Of Social And Family Support On The Psychological Well-Being Of Atheists, Justin R. Potter

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Extensive research has been done on various religious groups, but few studies have looked at the experiences of atheists. This study investigated how perceived support from friends and family impacts atheists on facets of psychological wellbeing. Five atheist organizations were contacted, and asked to forward the survey onto their list servers. Five hundred eighty-three self-identified atheists participated in this study. Participants were given the Ryff Psychological Wellbeing scales and were asked questions related to how much support participants received from friends and family regarding their non-beliefs. Results indicate that atheists who received more support from friends and family score statistically ...


The Experiences Of Latino Parents As They Navigate Care For A Child With Autism, Emily Tibbetts Jan 2015

The Experiences Of Latino Parents As They Navigate Care For A Child With Autism, Emily Tibbetts

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study explored the experiences of Latino caregivers as they navigate care for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Six caregivers participated in a semi-standardized interview containing 14 questions. The data obtained was analyzed using a phenomenological approach to find common themes in the participants' experiences. Findings were organized into two broad themes and sub-themes of positive experiences with service access and delivery and negative experiences with service access and delivery. The sub-themes of positive experiences were as follows: communication, support systems, collaboration, education, and luck. The sub-themes of negative experiences were language access and interpretation, lack of ...


Hospice Social Workers' Perspectives On Place Of Death Congruence: A Qualitative Study, Florence Wright Jan 2015

Hospice Social Workers' Perspectives On Place Of Death Congruence: A Qualitative Study, Florence Wright

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study was designed to explore place of death congruence among hospice patients from the subjective experiences and perspectives of hospice social workers. A semi-structured interview with nine hospice social workers served as the primary means of data collection within the present study. Using content analysis with descriptive phenomenology, dominant and underlying themes were identified, refined, and subsequently confirmed through a reliability check. From the establishment and verification of themes and sub-themes, the research questions were answered. The results of this study indicate that patients generally prefer to die in a place they call "home, " including: private residences ...


Promoting Hope And Resilience In Parkinson’S Disease, Emily R. Brunner Jan 2015

Promoting Hope And Resilience In Parkinson’S Disease, Emily R. Brunner

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this project was to explore how or if social workers promote hope and resiliency in individuals’ with Parkinson’s disease. Using a qualitative design, eight licensed social workers throughout the United States, with between two to thirty years of experience working with individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The participants reflected on their experiences and observations of hope and resiliency in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The researcher analyzed data by looking for themes and commonalties between the participant responses during the interviews. The interviews were transcribed and linked to previous related literature. The findings indicated that ...


Animal-Assisted Interactions: Impacts For At-Risk Youth, Emily M. Axen Jan 2015

Animal-Assisted Interactions: Impacts For At-Risk Youth, Emily M. Axen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Animal-assisted interactions (AAI) have shown increasing promise in reaching at-risk youth. Overview: This systematic review explores the biopsychosocial-spiritual impacts of AAI for at-risk youth through analyzing the existing body of empirical research in the field. Qualitative analysis of findings indicated three main themes identified as (1) "the human animal connection, " exploring the unique impacts of equine and canine partnership in treatment, (2) "a new sense of self, " describing internal benefits of AAI, and (3) "social impacts" or increased prosocial behavior in participants. Quality assessment ratings indicated need for additional research in the field; however, results indicate promising outcomes for at-risk ...


Views On Seeking Mental Health Services In The Somali Community, Hamdi H. Adan Jan 2015

Views On Seeking Mental Health Services In The Somali Community, Hamdi H. Adan

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

There is a need for culturally sensitive and suitable health care in the United States since there is a rising population of immigrants and refugees that reside in this country. The purpose of this research is to examine the views of mental illness among Somali individuals that live in the United States. A quantitative design was used for the collection of the data by using survey. Thirty six participants completed the written survey. Data was analyzed using a descriptive and inferential statistics to investigate the relationship between the participant's level of education, the participants' length of stay in the ...


What Is The Importance Of Educating Women On Postpartum Depression?, Ashley Akwa Jan 2015

What Is The Importance Of Educating Women On Postpartum Depression?, Ashley Akwa

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Postpartum depression is a mental health issue that affects one in seven women after giving birth to a baby. When a woman is undiagnosed and suffering from postpartum depression not only is she affected but her family members and the baby can be negatively affected as well. With the pressure for women to be able to do it all, postpartum depression symptoms are often ignored by mothers. Educating women on postpartum depression, especially prior to discharge at the hospital, is important so women (and spouses) are aware of what symptoms to look for when it is time to look for ...


Behind The Steel Curtain: Examining News Coverage Of A Rape Allegation Case, Claire C. Anderson Jan 2015

Behind The Steel Curtain: Examining News Coverage Of A Rape Allegation Case, Claire C. Anderson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2011), one in five women will be the victim of rape in her lifetime. Previous research has also found that the media has the power to influence public opinion on social issues, such as sexual violence. The purpose of this project was to examine the television news coverage of a rape allegation case involving a perpetrator who is a professional football player. Six news clips from Fox News and six news clips from ABC News were analyzed using a critical discourse analysis framework. Textual data from the interview transcripts were analyzed ...


Food Insecurity: Providers' Perspectives Regarding Improving Food Access For Low Income Americans, Sarah K. Barrett Jan 2015

Food Insecurity: Providers' Perspectives Regarding Improving Food Access For Low Income Americans, Sarah K. Barrett

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Food is often seen as the common denominator that brings people together yet food-related issues often plague our society in negative ways. Food insecurity, defined as having limited access to food resources often, impacts individuals and households. The prevalence of food insecurity within a household can increase the risk of developing chronic health conditions and obesity. Food insecurity can also be a hard statistic to track because it is self-defined and self-reported. This qualitative research study was designed to investigate the impact of food insecurity from the perspective of providers that work within food resources programs. In total five participants ...


I'M Proud I'M Actually Writing: Analyzing The Poetry Of Urban Youth With Ebd For Risk And Protective Factors, Clara N. Bergene Jan 2015

I'M Proud I'M Actually Writing: Analyzing The Poetry Of Urban Youth With Ebd For Risk And Protective Factors, Clara N. Bergene

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Urban youth experience any number of risk factors in their daily lives, but they also have protective factors that serve to support and shield them. This study was designed to examine how urban youth who have been given the label of Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD) experience and perceive the various risk and protective factors that are present in their lives. This was done by examining 486 poems written by these youths. Data were analyzed using the framework of Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets, as well as deductively coding for themes of risk. The following themes were used to ...


Social Workers Perception Of Father Involvement And Infant Mental Health, Debra Bjorgaard Jan 2015

Social Workers Perception Of Father Involvement And Infant Mental Health, Debra Bjorgaard

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research project shows the perspective of six respondents on fathers and its impact on infant mental health. This research describes how in the Early Childhood setting and Infant Mental Health field how father involvement plays out. Infant Mental Health was defined by the respondents as an interdisciplinary field, involving many different disciplines, such as medical, education and mental health. Despite many of the respondents limited involvement with fathers in their programs and Infant Mental Health work, the research found that roles of fathers are changing and they are becoming more involved in their young children's lives. Father involvement ...


Social Support Of Clients With Smi: Professional Perspectives, Madeline A. Busch Jan 2015

Social Support Of Clients With Smi: Professional Perspectives, Madeline A. Busch

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this project was to explore the impact of social support in the lives of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Using a qualitative design, eight mental health practitioners with experience working with individuals afflicted by SMI reflected on the ways social support impacts individuals with SMI. The findings of this study appear to correlate with the literature review. This study identified that social support can be enhanced for individuals with SMI through: providing psychoeducation to families, offering programs that provide peer support, involvement with professionals in an ongoing and consistent relationship, implicit learning of new skills that ...


The Development Of A New Nonprofit And Targeted Programming, Jolene Castillo Jan 2015

The Development Of A New Nonprofit And Targeted Programming, Jolene Castillo

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study is to explore the process of establishing a new nonprofit organization designed for a specific purpose of an intended population and the development of programming to meet the needs of that population. This study seeks to explore how do you start a nonprofit with programming designed to meet the needs of a targeted population? This study inquires into the motivational factors used in the development of the nonprofit organizations and what process was used in developing an organization. This study looks at leadership styles and qualities required to found and run an organization and addressing ...


Social Factors Related To Domestic Violence Among Hmong Adults, Ace Chang Jan 2015

Social Factors Related To Domestic Violence Among Hmong Adults, Ace Chang

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore social factors related to domestic violence among Hmong adults. The formal hypothesis for this research was: Social factors are related to domestic violence among Hmong adults. A total of 43 Hmong male and female adults were drawn from the community of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN. The age of respondents ranged from 18 to 60 years old. Recruitment was accomplished through snowball sampling.


Social Workers' Perceptions On Quality Hospital Care For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities, Mallory S. Clark Jan 2015

Social Workers' Perceptions On Quality Hospital Care For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities, Mallory S. Clark

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are not experiencing the quality care they deserve from healthcare professionals when hospitalized. A qualitative exploratory study was conducted using questionnaires and Grounded Theory to examine the perceptions social workers have in regards to the quality care people with ID receive in the hospital. From the data analysis, five themes emerged: (a) a lack of understanding, (b) a need for medical professionals to have specific education for treating people with ID, (c) person- centered care, (d) advocating for people with ID, and (e) barriers to quality care. Social workers can apply these findings toward a ...


Needs Of Families Post-International Adoption, Courtney M. Coulter Jan 2015

Needs Of Families Post-International Adoption, Courtney M. Coulter

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Adoption is becoming a more normal way of life in the United States, totaling more than 7, 000 children in 2013; as a result, more attention is being drawn to the services and experiences of those who have adoption as part of their lives (Bureau of Consular Affairs, 2014). The needs of families adopting internationally are areas that require further research, specifically focusing on the pre- and post-adoption services provided and what additional services are needed. The goal of this study was to examine the needs of families post-international adoption. Qualitative interviews were conducted with eight women who had adopted ...


Latino Professionals' Views On Employment Discrimination Towards The Latino Immigrant Community, Anali Crispin Ballesteros Jan 2015

Latino Professionals' Views On Employment Discrimination Towards The Latino Immigrant Community, Anali Crispin Ballesteros

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research study was to identify the causes and negative effects of employment discrimination towards Latino immigrants. Using a qualitative design the researcher interviewed nine Latino professionals on their views of employment discrimination towards Latino immigrants. Additionally, the participants have worked with the Latino immigrant community, have experienced employment discrimination themselves or know Latino immigrants who have experienced employment discrimination. The researcher analyzed data by looking for themes. Themes have been noted and compared to the literature review that has been collected on this topic. Transcripts were analyzed and reviewed to ensure validity and credibility. The findings ...


Maslow's Hierarchy And Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease: Systematic Review Of Stages And Interventions, Bethany M.M. Doerr Jan 2015

Maslow's Hierarchy And Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease: Systematic Review Of Stages And Interventions, Bethany M.M. Doerr

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Early-onset Alzheimer's disease occurs at a fairly young age and causes a life altering shift after being diagnosed. Helping persons diagnosed live to their fullest potential at all stages of the disease is a relevant and meaningful goal for social work. The purpose of this systematic literature review was to synthesize the current research on how interventions, therapies, and practices address the different levels of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for individuals living with younger/early-onset Alzheimer's disease. A systematic literature review design was used and the level of publication was limited to peer-reviewed English language academic articles ...


Millennial Men: A Correlational Study Between Masculinity, Emotional Expression, And Mental Health, Kathryn L. Driscoll Jan 2015

Millennial Men: A Correlational Study Between Masculinity, Emotional Expression, And Mental Health, Kathryn L. Driscoll

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study aimed to explore the question: do American, millennial men that try to achieve masculine ideals have less ability to express themselves emotionally and do they have less positive mental health and well-being? The population sample gathered consisted of 44 American, male participants between the ages of 35 and 21. The data was measured via a survey that consisted of two questionnaires, the Gender Role Conflict Scale and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale as well as several demographic questions consisting of a total of 55 questions for the survey. The survey was administered online via Qualtrics Survey Software. The ...


The Early Identification Of Autism Spectrum Disorder In Preschool Settings, Samantha J. Drusch Jan 2015

The Early Identification Of Autism Spectrum Disorder In Preschool Settings, Samantha J. Drusch

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Caregivers often recognize the signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their child before age two, yet, they often do not receive a diagnosis until after the child is four years old. Preschool teachers have high levels of exposure to the developing child and so are in an ideal position to identify children who may have ASD and refer them for assessments which may lead to access to early intervention services. This research sought to better understand whether or not preschool teachers are familiar with signs of ASD in young children, comfortable discussing concerns with parents, and knowledgeable about services ...


Autism And The Impact Of The Siblings' Identities, Marya Dumke Jan 2015

Autism And The Impact Of The Siblings' Identities, Marya Dumke

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be an overwhelming experience for the caregivers and families of those diagnosed. According to estimates from Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. This is a small, qualitative study that explores the impact ASD has on siblings and their identity development. Previous research regarding this subject has focused primarily on the sibling's stress and experiences when growing up with a child diagnosed with ASD. However, there is little to no literature on ASD impact on ...


The Lived Experience Of The Mandated Reporter, Courtney J. Duvick Jan 2015

The Lived Experience Of The Mandated Reporter, Courtney J. Duvick

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research study was to explore the lived experience of the mandated reporter. The research question for the study was as follows: What is the lived experience of the mandated reporter? This question was explored through the use of a qualitative research design, which in the case of this research project, included the use of interviews to obtain the necessary data to answer the research question. This research is important to the field of social work because all social workers are mandated reporters, whether they specifically work with children or not. The sample in this study consisted ...


Does Identification With The Lgbtq Community Impact Reintegration Experiences? Female Service Members' Perspectives, Jennifer Evans Jan 2015

Does Identification With The Lgbtq Community Impact Reintegration Experiences? Female Service Members' Perspectives, Jennifer Evans

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research was to examine the reintegration experiences of female service members who deployed in a Post 9/11 war and identify with the LGBTQ community. The study employed a mixed methods survey to gather information from two female service members regarding their identification with the LGBTQ community before, during, and after deployment as well as their challenges and supports post deployment. Reponses from the survey were analyzed and coded to develop themes. The themes that emerged included pre-coming out, coming out, and post coming out. These theme outlined how the coming out process aligned with the ...


Adapting Parent Programs For Families Impacted By Incarceration: Community Providers' Perspectives, Hilary Fasbender Jan 2015

Adapting Parent Programs For Families Impacted By Incarceration: Community Providers' Perspectives, Hilary Fasbender

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Parenting programs are an essential component in assisting mothers and fathers to be effective providers for their children. These programs are important within the community, as well as the parent population within the jail or prison setting. This study explored the perceptions of parent education providers that work within community based settings, and whether or not these programs can be adapted for incarcerated individuals. Using a qualitative method, interviews were conducted and themes were developed. These themes were compared to the findings from the literature review. This study interviewed two women, ages twenty-two and forty-six, both of which work in ...


Effective Ways Social Workers Respond To Secondary Trauma, Amy Fogel Jan 2015

Effective Ways Social Workers Respond To Secondary Trauma, Amy Fogel

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Due to the traumatic material of their clients, social workers are often faced with symptoms of secondary trauma. Symptoms of secondary trauma can have an impact on a social worker's ability to form therapeutic relationships with their clients as well as interfere with their personal life. This qualitative study of six social workers, examines the ways that social workers effectively respond to the effects of secondary trauma. The findings of this study found that supervision, the importance of leaving work at work, spending time with family and friends, talking with colleagues, and extra support of agencies helped social workers ...


A Young African-American Woman's Story: Risk And Protective Factors In Developing Identity, Jennifer A. Davis Jan 2015

A Young African-American Woman's Story: Risk And Protective Factors In Developing Identity, Jennifer A. Davis

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research study is to explore the life experiences of an African American young woman specifically focusing on risk and protective factors and their impact on identity formation. The research asks the questions, "What are the risk and protective life experiences of an African American young woman? How do these possible life experiences impact the way the young woman participant views herself and her world?" The methodology chosen for this research is a qualitative case study allowing for an in-depth and holistic look at an individual's life. Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with a young African ...


Programming That Targets The Needs Of Children Experiencing Homeless: A Systematic Review, Erin M. Foss Jan 2015

Programming That Targets The Needs Of Children Experiencing Homeless: A Systematic Review, Erin M. Foss

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research set out to examine intervention programs and services targeting homeless children to identify if they were addressing the developmental needs of these children. This research used a systematic review of articles retrieved form scholarly databases. Sixteen articles were identified as meeting inclusion criteria and analyzed based on predetermined targeted intervention categories. The five categories of intervention that were focused on were basic needs, physical health, mental health, educational, and independent living skills. Additionally, this research looked at if the intervention was focused solely on the child or was a family focused intervention. This research found that many of ...


School Social Workers' Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster Jan 2015

School Social Workers' Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This quantitative research study explored the role of the school social worker in supporting parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Surveys were emailed to members of the Minnesota School Social Workers Association. Participants were asked to complete the survey if they worked as a school social worker and supported students with ASD. The survey investigated the impact of an ASD diagnosis on the parental stress and what role school social workers had in supporting parents' needs. The objective of this study was to gain a better understanding of the school social workers' role and identify what supports ...


Mindfulness And Meditation: Transforming Therapeutic Presence In Clinical Social Work Practice, Leah B. Ghali Jan 2015

Mindfulness And Meditation: Transforming Therapeutic Presence In Clinical Social Work Practice, Leah B. Ghali

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study explored how practicing meditation and mindfulness influences psychotherapy practice. Qualitative methods were used to recruit and interview mental health practitioners with a personal practice of meditation and mindfulness. Nine participants responded to interview questions in person, via email, or over the phone. Using Grounded Theory and open coding, eight themes were identified: (a) definitions of meditation and mindfulness; (b) training obtained and/or pursued; (c) inspiration to begin practicing meditation and mindfulness; (d) frequency and method of practice; (e) integration into the clinical setting; (f) importance of neuroscience; (g) impact of meditation and mindfulness on self-care, burnout and ...


Adverse Childhood Experiences And Other Risk Factors In A Homeless Youth Population, Michelle J. Goar Jan 2015

Adverse Childhood Experiences And Other Risk Factors In A Homeless Youth Population, Michelle J. Goar

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This quantitative research project sought to explore the relationship between ACE score, homelessness, PTSD and substance use in a homeless youth population. 161 participants, age 18-21, participated in the 29 question survey, with 40% of youth indicating they were currently homeless, and 86% indicating they were homeless in the past. Mean ACE score was 4.15, with an average duration of homelessness of 17.7 months. 48% of the population screened positively for PTSD, and 83% indicated they used substances in the last six months with 39% using marijuana daily. ACE score, rates of PSTD and substance use was found ...