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A Study Of Contributing Factors Associated With Postsecondary Readiness Among Youth Residing In Georgia's Foster Care Independent Living Programs, Kenisha Monique Thomas Jul 2019

A Study Of Contributing Factors Associated With Postsecondary Readiness Among Youth Residing In Georgia's Foster Care Independent Living Programs, Kenisha Monique Thomas

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The purpose of this quantitative study was to ascertain the extent to which the level of postsecondary readiness among youth residing in Independent Living Programs is influenced by the level of one or more of the following; graduation preparedness, independent living skills, sustainable independent living skills, and knowledge of their foster care rights. Approximately 15% of the 437,465 youth residing in foster care during FY 2016–2017 reached the age of emancipation. A quantitative research design was used in this descriptive study to examine the relationship between postsecondary readiness among youth residing in Independent Living Programs and their level ...


A Study Of Select Factors Regarding The Preparedness Of Youth Exiting The Foster Care System, Vickey Herndon-Hale Jul 2019

A Study Of Select Factors Regarding The Preparedness Of Youth Exiting The Foster Care System, Vickey Herndon-Hale

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

In communities across the United States, thousands of young people leave foster care without the support of family or community. At age 18, now legally adults, young people in foster care face potentially dramatic life changes as they are terminated from foster care services because they have reached the age of ineligibility, commonly referred to as “aging out.” Although research has increased an understanding of the experiences of youth exiting the foster care system, studies focusing on their experiences while transitioning out of the foster care system and into adulthood have been largely absent in the literature. This qualitative study ...


A Study Of School Social Worker Involvement With Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act In Georgia Public Schools, Kimberlee Woods May 2019

A Study Of School Social Worker Involvement With Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act In Georgia Public Schools, Kimberlee Woods

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This study explored the level of involvement of school social workers in the 504-Plan process as it relates to the administrative culture of school administrators, collaboration with school personnel, training on the 504-Plan process, and finally knowledge of Section 504. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder affects over six-million children in the world today that may benefit from the use of a 504-Plan.

A total of 147 school social workers participated in this study. A self-administered survey was used, and data analysis was conducted on two levels: descriptive which employed frequency and percent distributions of respondents and analytical procedures. The Kruskal-Wallis H test ...


A Study Of Select Factors Associated With School Social Workers' Perceived Effectiveness In Providing Services To Homeless Students In Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, Sandrea Alexia Jones May 2019

A Study Of Select Factors Associated With School Social Workers' Perceived Effectiveness In Providing Services To Homeless Students In Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, Sandrea Alexia Jones

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examined the relationship between school social workers’ perceived effectiveness and their perceived levels of competency (knowledge and skills), collaboration, and school culture when providing services to homeless students. A quantitative descriptive research design was employed in this study. Specifically, this study provided insight on how these select factors influence school social workers’ perceived effectiveness in providing services to homeless students.

The study sample consisted of 103 school social workers and homeless liaisons who serve the metropolitan Atlanta. Respondents participated in the study by completing the “School Social Workers’ Perceived Effectiveness Survey” that was disseminated via email or in ...


Will "Hallelujah" Help Me? Exploring The Relationship Between Spirituality And Emotional Intelligence Among Black Women In Higher Education, Tawanda M. Watkins May 2019

Will "Hallelujah" Help Me? Exploring The Relationship Between Spirituality And Emotional Intelligence Among Black Women In Higher Education, Tawanda M. Watkins

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This research examined the relationship between spirituality and emotional intelligence among Black women in higher education. The hypotheses state that spirituality has a positive effect on emotional intelligence.Twenty-nine questions were administered to 110 participants of various demographics. The survey was used to gather data and examined three areas: level of spirituality, level of emotional intelligence, and academic satisfaction. A specific conclusion drawn from the findings suggest that Black women who identify as spiritual and frequently participate in spiritual activities will also have high emotional intelligence.


Silent Cries: Black Women And State-Sponsored Violence, Ja'nae A. Williams May 2019

Silent Cries: Black Women And State-Sponsored Violence, Ja'nae A. Williams

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The intention of this study is to contribute to research on Black women and to bring awareness to Black women's experiences, as they navigate social institutions. This study examines the perception of the intersectionality of race and gender impacts their awareness of police violence against Black women. Researchers measured respondent's perceptions/attitudes regarding intersectionality and their awareness of people who had been victimized by police violence. The quantitative study is comprised of statements regarding patriarchy and/or sexism and statements concerning racism and/or the lack thereof. The data analysis indicates that respondents' awareness and sensitivity to racism ...


A Study Of The Correlation Between Job Satisfaction And Organizational Characteristics, Job Task Factors And Personal Characteristics Among Social Work Supervisors And Administrators In The United States, Avis W. Turner Dec 2018

A Study Of The Correlation Between Job Satisfaction And Organizational Characteristics, Job Task Factors And Personal Characteristics Among Social Work Supervisors And Administrators In The United States, Avis W. Turner

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study explores which factors are better predictors of job satisfaction by measuring the relationship between job satisfaction and organizational characteristics; job satisfaction and job task factors; and job satisfaction and personal characteristics among social work supervisors and administrators in the United States. The Afrocentric paradigm, which has the potential to address human conditions regardless of worker race, ethnicity, gender, social or geographical location, provides understanding for how social work supervisors and administrators utilize resources and roles to increase leader job satisfaction rates. An Afrocentric approach is used in this study to show how social work supervisors and administrators can ...


A Study Of Select Factors That Influence The Perceptions Of School Social Workers' Levels Of Satisfaction With Their Professional Practice, Cynthia Simmons Turner Aug 2018

A Study Of Select Factors That Influence The Perceptions Of School Social Workers' Levels Of Satisfaction With Their Professional Practice, Cynthia Simmons Turner

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The purpose of this study was to ascertain the perception of school social workers’ levels of satisfaction and ways it is impacted by one or more of the following factors: the level of decision making, workload management, professional development, collaboration, and advocacy. Specifically, this study sought to determine if school social workers are satisfied with their roles in the school system and daily practice. The 130 participants of the study were district presidents who reached out to all Georgia school social workers and members of the state’s School Social Workers Association (SSWAG) which is the state’s charter of ...


My Life's In Shambles: Examining Interpersonal Relationships As A Moderating Factor In Reducing Post-Graduate Stress, Iniki Franklin May 2018

My Life's In Shambles: Examining Interpersonal Relationships As A Moderating Factor In Reducing Post-Graduate Stress, Iniki Franklin

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examines whether interpersonal relationships serve as a moderating factor in reducing post-graduate stress. A researcher developed survey was used to gather data and examined three areas: interpersonal support, perceived stress, and self-optimism. Interpersonal support encompassed familial and peer relationships. Perceived stress encompassed anxiety and depression symptomologies. Self-confidence encompassed graduates’ individuation and optimism levels regarding major life tasks after commencement. Perceived stress and self-confidence levels were also used to identify how interpersonal relationships impacted graduates’ interpretation of stress. Further analysis of the study also examined whether interpersonal support impacted perceived stress and self-confidence across various racial groups. Findings of ...


The Impact Of Social Media Sites On Muslim Adolescents, Ghadah Bin Humaid May 2018

The Impact Of Social Media Sites On Muslim Adolescents, Ghadah Bin Humaid

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study will examine the online behaviors of two samples of adolescents, ages 12-19, who identify as Muslim. One sample will come from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Atlanta, Georgia and complete a 27-item questionnaire. The researcher will investigate how both samples utilize social media and if they are more or less inclined to showcase socially aggressive behavior and political activism as a result.


A Study Of The Impact Of Tourism On The Environment And Jeddah Citizen’S Perceptions Toward Tourism In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mona Aljohani May 2018

A Study Of The Impact Of Tourism On The Environment And Jeddah Citizen’S Perceptions Toward Tourism In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mona Aljohani

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examined the impact of tourism on the environment and Jeddah citizens’ perceptions toward tourism in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The sample consisted of citizens who reside in the city of Jeddah. The variables analyzed included the following: cleanliness of the city, crowding, access to facilities, availability of water, and the quality of air and sea. An explanatory research design was utilized to generate the study, and purposive sampling was employed to gather the analysis. A total of 115 participants participated in the study. The study results suggested that cleanliness of the city, crowding, access to facilities, availability of water ...


A Comparison Of Coping Strategies Among Homeless Women With Children And Homeless Women Without Children, Jennifer Talley May 2018

A Comparison Of Coping Strategies Among Homeless Women With Children And Homeless Women Without Children, Jennifer Talley

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The purpose of this study is to compare the coping strategies between homeless women with dependent children and homeless women without dependent children. Of the 192 homeless women in this study, 64 were mothers who have their dependent children living with them and 132 were women who did not have dependent children living with them. The women were recruited from homeless shelters in Georgia, in the Metro-Atlanta area and several surrounding counties: Bartow, Clark, and Cobb. MANOVA analysis was used to test the differences between both groups using their scores on the Coping Strategies Inventory scales (problem solving skills, problem ...


Sticks And Stones: The Effects Of Verbal Aggression On Self-Esteem And Intimate Relationships In Adulthood, Jana Jones May 2018

Sticks And Stones: The Effects Of Verbal Aggression On Self-Esteem And Intimate Relationships In Adulthood, Jana Jones

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examines the effects of childhood verbal aggression on self-esteem and intimate relationships in adulthood. This study was based on the premises that an individual’s morals and behaviors are affected by one’s life experiences. A case study analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered from 151 participants in the South East region of the United States. The researcher found that the participants that showed lower levels of intimacy in relationships also have experienced threats, ridicule, or insults during childhood. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that an individual that experiences verbal aggression in childhood will ...


A Study Of The Relationship Between School Support, Family Support, Community Support, And Postsecondary Education Among Former Teen Mothers In North Carolina, Sibrenna George May 2018

A Study Of The Relationship Between School Support, Family Support, Community Support, And Postsecondary Education Among Former Teen Mothers In North Carolina, Sibrenna George

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examines the relationship between school support, family support, community support, teen parenting programs and postsecondary education among teen mothers in North Carolina. The sample consisted of 212 participants who became teen mothers between the ages of 13-19 and have since attained postsecondary education. The variables used for the study included the following: school support, family support, community support, teen parenting programs, resilience, and mentoring. The research employed a 33-item, five-point Likert scale questionnaire. Explanatory design was utilized to create the study. Purposive and snowball sampling was utilized to gather the data. The findings of the study, overall, indicates ...


A Study Of The Attitude, Academic Preparation, And Practice Competence Of Social Workers In Relation To Substance Use Disorders In The State Of Georgia, Kay L. Gresham May 2017

A Study Of The Attitude, Academic Preparation, And Practice Competence Of Social Workers In Relation To Substance Use Disorders In The State Of Georgia, Kay L. Gresham

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examined the attitude, academic preparation, and practice competence of social workers in relation to substance use disorder in the state of Georgia. Three hundred and one (301) survey participants responded to the study for which they were selected, utilizing non probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of bachelor-, master-, and doctoral-level students and professionals who currently live in the state of Georgia. The survey questionnaire titled A Study of Social Workers in Relation to Substance Use Disorders consisted of 35 closed-ended questions. The findings of the study indicated that although there was a statistically significant difference ...


Organization Sustainability Strategies Among Small Nonprofit Organizations In Metropolitan Atlanta, Ivis Renee King May 2017

Organization Sustainability Strategies Among Small Nonprofit Organizations In Metropolitan Atlanta, Ivis Renee King

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The primary purpose of this study is to explore financial management strategies among administrators of small nonprofit social services organizations. This study addresses the gap in empirical literature with a specific focus on small nonprofit organizations. This study avers that the available literature on social service organizations is fundamentally flawed. It argues for a reevaluation of the available literature based on apparent errors in methodology and research design.

The literature reveals that nonprofit organizational empirical research excludes small nonprofit organizations and disproportionately presents a representation of large- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations as the norm for social service organizational financial operations ...


A Study Of Mentors' Perception And Level Of Satisfaction With Elements Of Effective Practices Within Girl Mentoring Programs, Gabrielle Starr May 2017

A Study Of Mentors' Perception And Level Of Satisfaction With Elements Of Effective Practices Within Girl Mentoring Programs, Gabrielle Starr

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examines mentors’ perspective and level of satisfaction with the elements of effective practices among girl mentoring programs in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. The sample consisted of mentors who served at-risk girls. The variables analyzed included the following: recruitment, screening, training, matching, monitoring, support, and closure. Explanatory design was used to generate the study and the purposive and snowball sampling was utilized to gather the analysis. A total of 125 respondents participated in the study. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that mentors are overall satisfied with their experience with mentoring girls. Among the best practice elements the screening ...


Utilization Of Mental Health Services Amongst African-American Women, Amber M. Brown May 2017

Utilization Of Mental Health Services Amongst African-American Women, Amber M. Brown

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This thesis examines mental health utilization amongst African-American women. The study specifically investigated the factors that may predict help seeking behaviors: depression, stigma, African acculturation, mistrust, and religious commitment. The study also examined the role demographics has on African-American women utilizing mental health services. The study examined the following demographics, income, age, marital status, and education status. The sample size consisted 40 African American women, with ages ranging from 18 to 65. The results indicated that age and depression may impact African-American women seeking mental health services. The results showed that stigma, African acculturation, mistrust, religious commitment, income, marital status ...


The Impact Of Culture And Minority Status On The African-American Female Domestic Violence Experience, Samuel Perry May 2017

The Impact Of Culture And Minority Status On The African-American Female Domestic Violence Experience, Samuel Perry

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

The purpose behind this non- probability sampling, qualitative study is to explore how culture (being African American) and minority status (being a woman) impact the domestic violence experience. Participants were recruited by the author and within the Atlanta University Center Consortium. This study sought to answer two questions: First, what factors put a woman at risk for experiencing domestic violence; and second, what factors aid in a woman’s recovery from domestic violence. Based upon both questionnaire data as well as prior research, the author can reasonably conclude that being African American and a woman impacts the contextual experience of ...


The Impact Of Parental Incarceration, Laquisha N. Hambrick May 2017

The Impact Of Parental Incarceration, Laquisha N. Hambrick

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

As the population within the prison system continue to grow more parents are becoming incarcerated. Incarcerated parents are leaving behind their children, forcing other family members or the system to raise them. As the children are going through different life stages they are impacted by the absence of their parents which causes them to express and act out in undesirable emotional and social behaviors. Incarcerated parents are affected by the disruption of their incarceration as well. Throughout the research paper, The Impact of Parental Incarceration, the history, the explanation, and statistics of imprisoned parents and their children are presented. The ...


Identifying And Understanding The Underlined Causes Of Father Absenteeism Within The African American Community, Ja'nika D. Nash-Llightsey May 2017

Identifying And Understanding The Underlined Causes Of Father Absenteeism Within The African American Community, Ja'nika D. Nash-Llightsey

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

The literature reviewed in this conceptual paper identified some of the causes that lead to absentee fathers within the African American community. This body of work also shed light on these fathers’ emotional state, and financial state in regards to being able to care for their children. The men identified in these studies all shared a common theme, despite how they are portrayed in society they all had a desire to be a part of their children’s lives and needed someone to advocate on their behalf.


The Role Of Social Work With Breast Cancer Patients, Huda H. Qaysi May 2017

The Role Of Social Work With Breast Cancer Patients, Huda H. Qaysi

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

Using the Afrocentric Perspective, this research study explored the role of social worker in working with breast cancer. It examined the various psychosocial factors like culture influence, effects of treatment and body image on the women with breast cancer. Prior research showed that social and community support plays a significant role in helping women with breast cancer. White women have shown have higher ratio of breast cancer as compared to black women and their lives effect more than men. Various techniques like Supportive therapy, psychoeducation, cognitive behavior therapy and group work have been proved to be effective with this population ...


Problematic Sexual Behavior Of Children Who Are Sexually Abused In Foster Care, Halle I. Carey May 2017

Problematic Sexual Behavior Of Children Who Are Sexually Abused In Foster Care, Halle I. Carey

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

This study explores problematic sexual behavior of children who are sexually abused in Foster Care. Additionally, this study also investigates the psychological and behavioral effects of child sexual abuse of children in the foster care system. Further, this study will discuss previous literature that explains the subject matter. In addition to explaining how the Afrocentric Perspective, Strengths Perspective, and Humanistic Values should be integrated in policies and practice to Support this population. All while including theoretical frameworks practiced by other theorists and implications for Social Work.


A Conceptual Study Linking African American Father Absenteeism To The Academics And Behavior Of School-Aged African American Males, Ebony E. Mccovery May 2017

A Conceptual Study Linking African American Father Absenteeism To The Academics And Behavior Of School-Aged African American Males, Ebony E. Mccovery

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

This paper will explain the factors that contribute to absenteeism among African American fathers and conceptualize a relationship linking father absence to the academic and behavior outcomes of School-aged African American males. Through a systematic review of literature, the author was able to link father absence to the academics and behavior of school-aged African American males. Using the Afrocentric Perspective and the Family Systems theoretical framework, this relational study provides insight to father absenteeism as an urgent social issue, the impact this issue presents to school-aged African American males, and recommendations to help resolve the issue.


The Effects Of Community Violence On African American Youth, Demarcus A. Martin May 2017

The Effects Of Community Violence On African American Youth, Demarcus A. Martin

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

This paper investigates published literature that describes the effects of community violence on African American youth. Community violence is found to originate from the history of African Americans migrating from the rural South to northern urban cities. Because of the mass influx of African Americans in northern urban cities, White American migrated out of the urban cities, and with them, jobs, economic prosperity and resources left as well. Community violence is found to be a result of the lack in resources, economic opportunities and prosperity that was once seen in the communities when White Americans were present. A review of ...


Hiv/Aids In The African American Community, Victor C. Cornett May 2017

Hiv/Aids In The African American Community, Victor C. Cornett

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

This study examines the effects of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. The readers will gain an understanding of how this increasing epidemic continues to rise and has become the number one leading cause of death for African American women. The research explored the reason's this transmission continues to rise at an alarming rate in the African American community. The researcher identifies the factors this virus has on African Americans and discusses this study using a holistic approach. Data on HIV/AIDS was analyzed by determining attributes that cause this virus to have an impact on African American ...


The Effects Of Mass Incarceration On Black Males And Families, Crawley Clifton May 2017

The Effects Of Mass Incarceration On Black Males And Families, Crawley Clifton

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

This conceptual paper will examine the historical perspective, the scope, and impact of mass incarceration on Black men. This paper will also review how the mass incarceration of Black men has affected the Black family. The significance of this conceptual paper is to address the inequalities within the criminal justice system as it pertains to mass incarceration. This conceptual paper uses the Afrocentric Perspective to take a holistic approach to studying mass incarcerations impact on Black men. Social workers have a responsibility to serve these men in their rehabilitation and recovery back into society, the hope in using the knowledge ...


Sticks In Stones Bullying In A Digital World Examing The Impact Of Cyberbullying Among American High School Student, Sanda Johnson May 2017

Sticks In Stones Bullying In A Digital World Examing The Impact Of Cyberbullying Among American High School Student, Sanda Johnson

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

Bullying has been a social issue for decades, however, increased media attention

to recent cases ofteen homicide-suicides have made it a current hot topic. This study

examines bullying, more specifically, cyberbullying among American high school students and its prevalence on depression and suicide. The popularity of the internet and

other Social media outlets puts our teens at risk as cyberbullying increases, so does

depression and Suicide among today’s youth. By forming partnerships with schools and

communities to develop comprehensive intervention and prevention programs, social

Work practitioners can educate parents, school administrators, and the general public

about cyberbullying to increase ...


The Effect That African American Fathers Have On Their Sons: Nonresidential Fathers And A Present Father In The School, Terry J. Felton May 2017

The Effect That African American Fathers Have On Their Sons: Nonresidential Fathers And A Present Father In The School, Terry J. Felton

Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Conceptual Papers

This study explores the effects that African American fathers have on their son. The type of African American fathers that were examined were those that were nonresidential and those that were active in their son's education. These areas were both individually analyzed to completely understand them. The similarities and differences were discussed to determine if there is or is not a commonality and correlation between them. The information that was retrieved does help establish an argument that these factors have an impact on the son's lives individually and combined, The findings of this research propose that fathers are ...


A Study Of The Relationship Between The 2005 Education Reform, Hurricane Katrina, And The Development Of Charter Schools In New Orleans, Louisiana, Janice Chube Moore May 2016

A Study Of The Relationship Between The 2005 Education Reform, Hurricane Katrina, And The Development Of Charter Schools In New Orleans, Louisiana, Janice Chube Moore

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examines the relationship between the 2005 education reform, Hurricane Katrina, and the development of charter schools in New Orleans, Louisiana. The education reforms were established in November 2005, three months after the storm, with the enactment of the Louisiana Recovery School District Law, Act No. 35, First Extraordinary Session, 2005, House Bill No.121. The study answered three questions pertaining to the variables that follow: the relationship between the 2005 education reform and Hurricane Katrina, the relationship between the 2005 education reform and the development of charter schools, and the relationship between Hurricane Katrina and the development of ...