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Graduate Social Work Students' Attitudes About The Use Of Social Networking Sites In Social Work And The Possible Ethical Implications Of Such Use, Christina Irene Dillon Jan 2012

Graduate Social Work Students' Attitudes About The Use Of Social Networking Sites In Social Work And The Possible Ethical Implications Of Such Use, Christina Irene Dillon

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of the study was to investigate graduate social work students' attitudes about the use of social media in social work and the possible ethical implications of such use. The study used an exploratory quantitative survey design with self-administered questionnaires. Data was collected from 56 graduate social work students at California State University, San Bernardino.


Utilization Of Community-Based Services Among Families With Children With A Mental Disorder, Dymika Machelle Lane Jan 2007

Utilization Of Community-Based Services Among Families With Children With A Mental Disorder, Dymika Machelle Lane

Theses Digitization Project

Families of children with a mental disorder typically have many stressors due to their children's behavioral functioning. These families do not always choose to receive community-based services that are intended to decrease the stressors within the families and prevent the children from being placed out of the families' homes. This study investigated the relationship between clients' functioning during their initial assessment provided by the Victor Community Support Services (VCSS), compared to their functioning when they were discharged from VCSS based on the families utilization of community-based services.


An Assessment Of The Gambling Behavior Of Older Adults In A Senior Center Setting, Debra Fay Johnson Jan 2007

An Assessment Of The Gambling Behavior Of Older Adults In A Senior Center Setting, Debra Fay Johnson

Theses Digitization Project

Fifty-two individuals 60 years of age or older participated in this research study. This study is of significance because as opportunities to gamble are becoming more available and accessible, older adults are participating in gambling activities for leisure and recreational benefits. This phenomenon is of concern because older adults may be at risk for problems related to gambling that they may not be able to recover from. Furthermore, senior center directors and social workers need to know how to assess, evaluate and intervene with older adults who may have gambling problems or problems related to their gambling behavior.


Graffiti Art And Self-Identity: Leaving Their Mark, Lorenzo Martin Aguilar Valdez Jan 2007

Graffiti Art And Self-Identity: Leaving Their Mark, Lorenzo Martin Aguilar Valdez

Theses Digitization Project

This project focuses on graffiti art as not an unconstructive form of artwork as society might assume, but a way of coping and establishing an identity for youth mostly males who are searching for who they are.


Perceptions Of Social Services Among Immigrants, Javier MartíN Panameno, Carlos Morales Jan 2007

Perceptions Of Social Services Among Immigrants, Javier MartíN Panameno, Carlos Morales

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This project focused on immigrants' perceptions of social services and social workers. The study employed the post positivist paradigm. The project was conducted with legal and illegal immigrants who received services at Bilingual Family Counseling Service in the city of Ontario, CA. The study found that the immigrants' perceptions about social service agencies and social workers were multi-determined by at least three elements: knowledge, experiences, and attitudes. The dynamic interaction between experiences and attitudes shaped the immigrants' perceptions. Most of the respondents had a positive attitude toward social workers and social services agencies.


Domestic Violence In A Faith-Based Setting, Elisa Petra Lee Jan 2007

Domestic Violence In A Faith-Based Setting, Elisa Petra Lee

Theses Digitization Project

The focus of this study was domestic violence in a faith-based setting. The researcher utilized the constructivist approach in building a subjective understanding of the research topic and possible interventions.


Job Satisfaction Of Child Welfare Workers In San Bernardino County Department Of Children's Services, Susana Ramirez, Mirella Ochoa Jan 2007

Job Satisfaction Of Child Welfare Workers In San Bernardino County Department Of Children's Services, Susana Ramirez, Mirella Ochoa

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of the research study was to assess the job satisfaction of child welfae workers specifically working for San Bernardino County Department of Children's Services.


Children's Asthma: Relationship Between Parental Education And Frequency Of Emergency Room Visits, Victorine Natalie Brewer-Benjamin Jan 2006

Children's Asthma: Relationship Between Parental Education And Frequency Of Emergency Room Visits, Victorine Natalie Brewer-Benjamin

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Examines the relationship between parental education on asthma and the frequency of emergency room visits with their children for asthma incidences. The research was conducted at an acute care hospital in Southern California using a sample of 32 parents. Data was collected using a self-administered survey questionnaire employing a quantitative research design and chi-square test. Results indicate that although parents found education beneficial in controlling their child's asthma, there was no significant correlation between education and frequency of hospitalization and emergency room visits.


Motivational Levels And Abstinence Rates In Substance Abuse Clients, Stephen Sean Borchers Jan 2006

Motivational Levels And Abstinence Rates In Substance Abuse Clients, Stephen Sean Borchers

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Analyzes the motivation of clients beginning a drug and alcohol treatment program to see if their level of motivation affects their success in the program, as measured by drug screens. Thirty-six participants from the Perris Valley Recovery Program (PVRP) in Southern California took a motivation for treatment questionnaire reflecting their levels of motivation for treatment. Results of the study found significant relationships between clients' motivation to be in substance abuse treatment and clean or dirty drug screens.


Overrepresentation Of African Americans In The Child Welfare System: Differential Treatment In Risk Assessment By Public Child Welfare Workers, Rebecca Sheree Owens, Courtney Marques Roushion Jan 2006

Overrepresentation Of African Americans In The Child Welfare System: Differential Treatment In Risk Assessment By Public Child Welfare Workers, Rebecca Sheree Owens, Courtney Marques Roushion

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to identify salient factors contributing to the overrepresentation of African Americans in the child welfare system. This study seeks to examine whether or not public child welfare workers are biased in their assessments of African Americans, and if years of experience influence their judgment. By understanding some of the salient factors that contribute to these disproportionate numbers, Child Welfare Services can begin to revamp their programs and services to ensure that they are more culturally sensitive and equitable.


The Correlation Between Social Support, Socioeconomic Status And Psychological Well-Being Among Hispanic Adolescent Females, Xochitl Margarita Alvarez, Marcela Mercado Jan 2006

The Correlation Between Social Support, Socioeconomic Status And Psychological Well-Being Among Hispanic Adolescent Females, Xochitl Margarita Alvarez, Marcela Mercado

Theses Digitization Project

The specific purpose of this study was to explore the correlation between social support, socioeconomic status and psychological well-being among Hispanic adolescent females. In examining these specific variables, the researchers obtained a clearer picture as to the predictors that influence Hispanic adolescent female's psychological well-being.


Role Satisfaction: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Noreen Orman Ayres Jan 2006

Role Satisfaction: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Noreen Orman Ayres

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Three psychosocial dynamics were assessed for their effect on role satisfaction among grandchildren: (1) the impact of expanding a household on a limited fixed income, (2) health issues of the grandparent as they apply to stamina, and (3) the interaction with their existing social structure to include grandchildren (adjustments, prioritizing, and social isolation). Sampling included a population of 33 custodial grandparents (age=55 and older; male and female; various ethnicities) and selected from a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group in Idyllwild, California. The instrument of this quantitative and qualitative study was an adaptation from the County of Riverside, Department of ...


Family Medicine Physician Residents' Perspectives On Domestic Violence, Christina Marie PeñA Jan 2006

Family Medicine Physician Residents' Perspectives On Domestic Violence, Christina Marie PeñA

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This project surveyed 21 respondents to determine whether family medicine physician assistants' medical education and training while in residency is sufficient to assess or identify domestic violence. The project found that although family medicine physician assistants do receive education and training on domestic violence, it is insufficient because victims may still go undetected and unserved.


An Evaluation Of The Impact Of Maternal Substance Abuse On Infant And Child Attachment, Rachel Clare Caudillo Jan 2006

An Evaluation Of The Impact Of Maternal Substance Abuse On Infant And Child Attachment, Rachel Clare Caudillo

Theses Digitization Project

This study examined the impact and extent to which drugs and alcohol, consumed by mothers prenatally and perinatally, has affected their capacity to attach to their children. It examined the role the dependent variables measured (i.e. drug(s)/substance(s) abused, demographic information) played in the attachment process. Data was collected from mothers currently participating in the perinatal substance abuse treatment at the San Bernardino County Rialto program.


How Youth In Transitional Housing Perceive The Independent Living Program And Aftercare Services At Cameron Hill, Savannah Vankummer, Richard Vela Jan 2006

How Youth In Transitional Housing Perceive The Independent Living Program And Aftercare Services At Cameron Hill, Savannah Vankummer, Richard Vela

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study is to explore how emancipated youth, who are clients of the aftercare ILP (Independent Living Program) and transitional housing program with Cameron Hill, evaluate those services.


Process Evaluation Of Treatment With Adolescents In Residential Treatment Foster Care, Courtney Anne Glazer, Adrianne Marie Vance Jan 2006

Process Evaluation Of Treatment With Adolescents In Residential Treatment Foster Care, Courtney Anne Glazer, Adrianne Marie Vance

Theses Digitization Project

As the number of children in foster care without a familial placement continues to grow, the child welfare system is turning towards a new placement approach called Residential Treatment Foster Care. This study performed a process evaluation of 30 Residential Treatment Foster Care facilities in Los Angeles County that explored the four characteristics of case plan design, team decision-making, therapeutic intervention, staff training, and overall treatment effectiveness with regards to the number of Absences Without Leave (AWOL) and completion of treatment plan.


Social Workers' Perceptions Of Team Decision-Making, Jennifer Yvonne Veal Jan 2006

Social Workers' Perceptions Of Team Decision-Making, Jennifer Yvonne Veal

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of the study was to examine child welfare workers' perceptions of the effectiveness of a TDM (Team Decision Making) meeting on permanency plans with Foster care youth who receive specialized alternative services.


The Relationship Between Meaning In Life And Depression In Young Adult, Sarah Lynn Tuttle Jan 2006

The Relationship Between Meaning In Life And Depression In Young Adult, Sarah Lynn Tuttle

Theses Digitization Project

The study was designed to explore and describe the relationship between young adults' sense of meaning and purpose in life and the experience of depression. The relationship between the existential constructs of meaning and purpose in life, assessed using Reker's (1992) Life Attitude Profile - Revised (LAP-R) instrument, and depression, assessed using Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI), was explored in young adults.


Parent Skills Training For Individuals In Substance Abuse Treatment, Frances Quintana Jan 2006

Parent Skills Training For Individuals In Substance Abuse Treatment, Frances Quintana

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This study examines the relationship between substance abuse and the need for parent skills training. Predicted is that adults in substance abuse treatment are likely to be in need of parent skills training. Previous research has associated the lack of parent skills with inept parenting practices that often leads to developmental problems in children.


Falling Through The Cracks: A Look At Factors Contributing To Non-Participation In Independent Living Program Services, Cheryl Joy Babb, Holly Sue Ninneman Jan 2006

Falling Through The Cracks: A Look At Factors Contributing To Non-Participation In Independent Living Program Services, Cheryl Joy Babb, Holly Sue Ninneman

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to identify the youth who do not participate in Independent Living Program (ILP) services and, if possible, to ascertain if any characteristics or factors appear to affect participation in ILP services. The study utilized a quantitative research method to assess ILP participation by extracting data from existing case records via a data extraction form created in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Legislation, Research and Quality Support Services Unit.


Understanding Why Male Juveniles Perpetrate: An Exploratory Study, Debbie Lee O'Sullivan Jan 2005

Understanding Why Male Juveniles Perpetrate: An Exploratory Study, Debbie Lee O'Sullivan

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The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of why social workers believe a male juvenile would commit a sexual abuse act toward another child and how this juvenile should be understood within the social services system and society. Social workers believe interventions are needed once the abuse has occurred.


Evaluation Of The Family Nurturing Program: The Family Education Component Of The Riverside County Dependency Recovery Drug Court Program, Lila Massoumi Samady Jan 2005

Evaluation Of The Family Nurturing Program: The Family Education Component Of The Riverside County Dependency Recovery Drug Court Program, Lila Massoumi Samady

Theses Digitization Project

This project assesses the need for evaluating the Family Nurturing Program for its effectiveness with the Riverside County Dependency Recovery Drug Court (DRDC) participants and their children.


Spirituality And Aging, Henry Waller Jan 2005

Spirituality And Aging, Henry Waller

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Explores the beneficial effects and values that spirituality and religion present when addressing the elder population aged 60 and over. Also, examines the potential implications of integrating spirituality as a treatment model approach into direct social work practice and recommends possible changes for social work curriculum. Quantitative data was obtained through a convenience sampling to obtain a true representation of the population of residents in regions of San Bernardino County, California. Qualitative data was obtained through the use of open-ended questions that provided for greater validity, understanding and interpretation of spirituality and how external forces affect this population. Results indicate ...


The Impact Of Race And Ethnic Identity On Adolescents' Use Of Coping Skills, Victoria Estelle Keyser Jan 2005

The Impact Of Race And Ethnic Identity On Adolescents' Use Of Coping Skills, Victoria Estelle Keyser

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to compare the differences in the utilization of coping mechanisms of minority and White adolescents. By measuring the coping skills in adolescents, it sought to identify which strategies are most frequently used within the construct of race.


An Outcomes Based Study Of The Adolescent Specialized Unit, Deborah Maria Sterling Jan 2005

An Outcomes Based Study Of The Adolescent Specialized Unit, Deborah Maria Sterling

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This research project examined the efficacy of the pilot project of the Adolescent Specialized Unit in the San Bernardino County Department of Children's Services. Among the outcomes explored in this project were the permanent plans for the foster children, the number of times they changed placements in the course of the study, the type of placement they were in, and the number of significant adults they have contact with.


The Needs Of Informal Grandparent Caregivers And How They Are Met At The Kinship Family Center, Emily Jane Osborne-Lewis, Shanta Lashawn Clardy Jan 2005

The Needs Of Informal Grandparent Caregivers And How They Are Met At The Kinship Family Center, Emily Jane Osborne-Lewis, Shanta Lashawn Clardy

Theses Digitization Project

Seventeen grandparent caregivers, who have primary responsibility for one or more grandchildren and do not have a parent of the grandchildren living in the household, were interviewed to evaluate the effectiveness of the services offered by Kinship Family Center (KFC), a non-profit support agency for relative caregivers and the children in their care. Kinship Family Center is a program of the Central City Lutheran Mission and is funded by the San Bernardino County Department of Children's Services. The researchers found that KFC was an effective asset for informal grandparent caregivers. For grandparents, it was a source of support and ...


Kinship Care Placement: Do Grandparents' Relationships With Birthparents Affect Placement Outcomes?, Judith Mary Greenwood Jan 2005

Kinship Care Placement: Do Grandparents' Relationships With Birthparents Affect Placement Outcomes?, Judith Mary Greenwood

Theses Digitization Project

This study will explore whether the relationships between grandparents and birthparents affect kinship care placement outcomes for court dependent children. Data was extracted from an existing study of kinship care providers.


Transition From Foster Care To Adoption: Services Needed For Building Adoption Permanency For Children, Colleen O'Neill Duggin Jan 2005

Transition From Foster Care To Adoption: Services Needed For Building Adoption Permanency For Children, Colleen O'Neill Duggin

Theses Digitization Project

A questionaire was developed and given to post-adoptive parents with the results to be used as a guide to examine what services need to be provided in the pre-adoptive process for parents who are adopting children that are coming from foster homes. The results of the study could be utilized by adoption social workers as a means of targeting typical areas of need or resources for families during the adoption process.


Long Term Effects Of Day Treatment Programs For Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness: Effectiveness Measured In Rates Of Recidivism, Glenna Denise Briney Jan 2005

Long Term Effects Of Day Treatment Programs For Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness: Effectiveness Measured In Rates Of Recidivism, Glenna Denise Briney

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to compare and measure the long term effectiveness of the rehabilitative day treatment program at San Bernardino County's Department of Mental Health. This current study was completed in 2005 and is a follow up study tracking the long term effectiveness of the program.


Kin Caregivers' Perceptions Of Social Worker And Agency Services And Support, Diana Ray Egan, Meri Lynn Vandom Jan 2005

Kin Caregivers' Perceptions Of Social Worker And Agency Services And Support, Diana Ray Egan, Meri Lynn Vandom

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Investigates kin caregiver's perceptions about social workers and child welfare agencies they worked with in caring for court dependent relative children who are/were placed in their care. A stratified random sample from 150 interviews of kin caregivers with dependent relative children maintained by San Bernardino and Riverside County Child Protective Services allowed for qualitative analysis of interview responses that related kin caregiver's perceptions of social workers and social service agencies. Results indicate that some relative caregivers were satisfied with the support they received from social workers/agency staff, while others did not feel supported at all.