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Factors That Impact Parent-Child Closeness In Special Needs Adoptions, Mary Morrison Jan 2012

Factors That Impact Parent-Child Closeness In Special Needs Adoptions, Mary Morrison

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study set out to determine if adoptive parents with biological children would report a lower degree of closeness with their adoptive child with special needs than adoptive parents without biological children. A review of the literature showed that multiple factors impact the rates of adoption disruption and parental satisfaction, including; stress, externalizing behaviors exhibited by the child, family structure and levels of pre and post-adoption support provided to parents and families. One hundred and twelve adoptive parents responded by completing an online survey. Levels of closeness between the adoptive parent and their adoptive child were measured using a five ...


Connecting Foster Care Services And Training To Attachment Theory, Kathryn Muellner Jan 2012

Connecting Foster Care Services And Training To Attachment Theory, Kathryn Muellner

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Is foster care services and training adequately providing what is needed for the foster care families to care for the children both physically and emotionally? Is it supporting the research and knowledge that is known about attachment theory? This study asked Foster Care Workers, in a public and private setting in the Minnesota Twin Cities Area, if in their opinion their agency does just that.

The respondents were asked seventeen Likert Scale questions and three open-ended questions to get a sense of their satisfaction with the services and training they are able to give their family and if it is ...


Victims To Survivors: Liberians’ Experiences And Resilience During The Liberian Civil War, Melissa A. Petersen Jan 2012

Victims To Survivors: Liberians’ Experiences And Resilience During The Liberian Civil War, Melissa A. Petersen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Warfare is an ever-present phenomenon that impacts people all over the world. Many of those who live in a war-torn country encounter horrific experiences that cause trauma, loss, and grief. The Liberian people are an example of those who have experienced the tragedies of war in their country. The Liberian Civil War caused many individuals to flee, becoming displaced and seeking safety in other countries or refugee camps. This research study interviewed eight Liberian refugees who were children or adolescents during the war in order to explore their experiences and resilience. The participants in this study experienced horrific violence, separation ...


Understanding Mandated Reporting Within A School Environment, Paula Schulte Jan 2012

Understanding Mandated Reporting Within A School Environment, Paula Schulte

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The two distinct professions of teachers and school social workers work within the same environment of a school and share a common responsibility of reporting child abuse and neglect to child protection services as a mandated reporter. This is a unique situation to study because each profession is guided by their board of standards and code of ethics. This paper examines the different levels of knowledge on the responsibility of being a mandated reporter between these two professions and to what extent do they work together toward the same goal. A mixed method survey design was used in order to ...


The Sources Of Stress And Support: A Perspective By Rural Emergency Response Workers, Susan Schwab Jan 2012

The Sources Of Stress And Support: A Perspective By Rural Emergency Response Workers, Susan Schwab

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Intense, gruesome and dangerous work situations are frequent for the emergency response worker (ERW’s). Emergency response workers, including ambulance workers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and firefighters are regularly exposed to stressful situations. This exploratory and qualitative research offered an in-depth look, through the eyes of ERW’s, into their day to day lives. The study asked rural ERW’s to identify critical or stressful incidents, factors that contribute to their stress and their perspective on supports and coping mechanisms implemented to address these stressful events. Findings indicated that the ERW’s most often identified stressful incidents as those ...


Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy For Clients With Developmental Disabilities And Borderline Personality Disorder, Maija Seavey Jan 2012

Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy For Clients With Developmental Disabilities And Borderline Personality Disorder, Maija Seavey

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore the research question: how should clinicians adapt and provide therapeutic interventions within the framework of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) while engaging in clinical practice with individuals diagnosed with both Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and a Developmental Disability (DD)? Using a qualitative design, seven participants from a Minnesota Department of Human Services Certified DBT Provider agency were interviewed. A semi-structured interview of twelve formal questions was used based on the literature review to further explore 1) occurrences of clinicians having clients with the identified co-morbid diagnoses, 2)barriers to treatment of this population ...


The Outcomes Of Illness Management And Recovery On Severe Mental Illness: A Client’S Perspective, Angela Thoreson Jan 2012

The Outcomes Of Illness Management And Recovery On Severe Mental Illness: A Client’S Perspective, Angela Thoreson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research project asked the question: What perceptions do individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness have of the treatment outcomes for the Illness Management and Recovery curriculum? This study confirms that individuals found the illness management and recovery curriculum had a positive impact on their treatment outcomes in the domains of coping skills and self-management, social functioning, along with recovery outcomes such as goal setting and obtainment, and dual recovery. This research project used a cross-sectional survey research design. The qualitative data collected utilized a structured interview; these items focused on perceptions of treatment outcomes. The research project sampled adults ...


Perspectives Of Having Celiac Disease And Eating Disorders, Heather Vargo Jan 2012

Perspectives Of Having Celiac Disease And Eating Disorders, Heather Vargo

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The issue of eating disorders among individuals with celiac disease is a growing concern; yet, it receives little clinical research attention. The purpose of this project is to explore perspectives of individuals who have celiac disease and eating disorders. The research sought to learn more about the development of eating disorders and celiac disease for individuals, how individuals perceive the interaction between the two disorders, and what individuals think would be beneficial in treating these comorbid diseases? Using a qualitative design, nine individuals agreed to be interviewed about their experience of having celiac disease and an eating disorder. Data was ...


The Experiences Of Older Adults Who Have Completed Advance Directives, Lisa Watts Jan 2012

The Experiences Of Older Adults Who Have Completed Advance Directives, Lisa Watts

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This project is a qualitative research study used to explore the experiences of older adults who have written advance directives. Advance directives are an often underutilized tool used by individuals to outline plans for end-of-life care, in the anticipation that the individual may not be able to verbalize his or her decisions when the time comes for choices to be made regarding care. The experiences of individuals who have written an advance directive may help clinical social workers when working with clients who are considering writing an advance directive. For the purpose of this study, six participants were recruited for ...


The Emotional Challenges For Parents Regarding Attachment To Their Internationally Adopted Child, Diana Wutke Jan 2012

The Emotional Challenges For Parents Regarding Attachment To Their Internationally Adopted Child, Diana Wutke

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The United States ranks number one as the principal country that receives the most international adoptees (Bergquist, 2009). The agencies that organize the adoptions are the primary source of information for the prospective parents. Many internationally adopted children who are institutionalized experience abuse, neglect, malnutrition and poor medical care prior to adoption, which can lead to problematic transitions to new families (Mathias, Petrill, Viana & Welsh, 2007). These research questions examined the emotional challenges of parents regarding attachment to their internationally adopted child. Using a qualitative design, eight participants who are parents of internationally adopted children were interviewed by audiotape. The ...


Youth Workers' Perceptions Of Their Career Choice And Helping Ability In Relationship With Their Own Lived Experiences, Kristina Bonello Jan 2012

Youth Workers' Perceptions Of Their Career Choice And Helping Ability In Relationship With Their Own Lived Experiences, Kristina Bonello

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research endeavor examined youth workers’ perspectives of their own helping ability in relationship to their lived experience. The intent of the project was to determine what extent youth workers’ lived experiences, especially experiences in their families of origin, impacted their career choice, helping ability, and ability to maintain boundaries with the youth they served. Limited research exists regarding the field of youth work. Youth workers of interest in this study work primarily with vulnerable populations of youth in crisis between the ages of ten to twenty-three. Qualitative semistandardized interviews were conducted in an exploratory study of 10 voluntary participants ...


The Effect Of Interpersonal Dynamics On Quality Of Supervision From A Correctional Client's Perspective, Anne Cartman Jan 2012

The Effect Of Interpersonal Dynamics On Quality Of Supervision From A Correctional Client's Perspective, Anne Cartman

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study assessed the perception of interpersonal relationships between staff member and clients at a halfway house facility from the client’s perspective. The relationship quality was divided into three major constructs: Trust, Caring-Fairness and Toughness. Eighty surveys were sent out to five halfway houses in northwestern Wisconsin with 47 of them being returned. The literature reviewed examined the evolution and philosophy of halfway houses, the principles of effective correctional treatment and therapeutic alliances and dual role relationships. The findings indicated that respondents valued the relationship quality with halfway house staff although did not report this as a main factor ...


Adoptive Parents' Experience With International Adoption: Children With Attachment Or Behavioral Challenges, Heather Deveny-Leggitt Jan 2012

Adoptive Parents' Experience With International Adoption: Children With Attachment Or Behavioral Challenges, Heather Deveny-Leggitt

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The research project is a qualitative study that explored parents’ experience of international adoption of children who had emotional, behavioral, and/or attachment challenges, as well as parents’ corresponding emotions with such experiences. The data was analyzed using content analysis, or grounded theory, approach as described by Berg (2009). The conceptual framework used to construct and interpret meaning of participants interviews included both ecosystems and psychodynamic theories. Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants from different mid-west cities who had adopted children internationally and identified their children as having emotional, behavioral, and/or attachment challenges. The following themes were found ...


The Effect Of School Community Setting On Children Living In Poverty: A Survey Of School Social Workers, Nichelle Dillon Jan 2012

The Effect Of School Community Setting On Children Living In Poverty: A Survey Of School Social Workers, Nichelle Dillon

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Drawing on previous research establishing the effects poverty on children’s mental health and behavioral problems, exposure to violence and aggression, and lower school achievement, this research sought to examine whether any differences exist in the challenges faced by students living in poverty in urban settings versus students in rural settings from the perspective of school social workers. A survey with a mixture of both quantitative and qualitative questions was sent via e-mail to school social workers in Minnesota through the Minnesota School Social Workers Association (MSSWA). A total of 20 responses from both urban and rural settings were collected ...


Burnout Among Mental Health Workers In A Nonprofit Organizational Setting, Danielle Fox Jan 2012

Burnout Among Mental Health Workers In A Nonprofit Organizational Setting, Danielle Fox

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research is to examination the burnout tendencies of mental health social workers in an organizational setting. Specifically, looking at: What are the tendencies of burnout in mental health social workers in a nonprofit organizational setting and what are their interpretations of burnout? This research provides further insight into the actual numbers of mental health social workers experiencing burnout in a local organizational setting, and provides information around what these social workers identify as burnout and what they believe are the main causes.

Social workers in mental health and other professions are experiencing burnout at an alarming ...


Stress, Coping Strategies, And Marital Satisfaction In Spouses Of Military Service Members, Charlene Haapala Jan 2012

Stress, Coping Strategies, And Marital Satisfaction In Spouses Of Military Service Members, Charlene Haapala

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The literature emphasizes that civilian spouses of military service members experience significant stress, utilize coping strategies, and experience marital issues. A survey of civilian spouses (N = 10) of military service members identified levels of perceived stress, common coping strategies, and marital satisfaction. The focus of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived stress, coping strategies, and marital satisfaction. There were not enough participants in this study to determine these relationships. Descriptive statistics show averages of low perceived stress, and high marital satisfaction. Coping strategies most often used by civilian spouses were active coping, positive reframing, planning, and acceptance ...


Mental Health Professionals' Perspectives Of Best Practices With Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma, Holly Hagen Jan 2012

Mental Health Professionals' Perspectives Of Best Practices With Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma, Holly Hagen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Complex trauma in early childhood has the ability to impact a child’s development in multiple domains, thus influencing development throughout the rest of their life. The purpose of this study was to explore best practices with children who have experienced complex trauma from the perspective of mental health professionals, with a focus on children between the ages of three and five. Qualitative interviews were conducted with six mental health professionals who were asked to discuss the presentation, interventions, and outcomes of a case where the child experienced complex trauma. Consistent with previous literature, all participants in this study reported ...