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A Study Of Social Support And Delay Of Treatment Among African-American Patients Diagnosed With Hodgkin's And Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Roni M. Glover Dec 2006

A Study Of Social Support And Delay Of Treatment Among African-American Patients Diagnosed With Hodgkin's And Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Roni M. Glover

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This study examines the influence social support has on delay of treatment among African-American lymphoma patients. One hundred nineteen (119) social work assessments were collected from medical records utilizing non-probability sampling. Data were extracted from the social work assessments of lymphoma patients considered for or having had bone marrow transplantation. The measurement tool was designed based on survey information from the Supportive Care Needs Survey, Social Support Behaviors Scale and the Social Support Survey Instrument. The findings of the study indicated that, overall, social support did not significantly influence delay of treatment. However, there were statistically significant relationships among social ...


Hiv-Infected Consumers' Perceived Effectiveness Of Hiv/Aids-Related Services Within The State Of Georgia, Donna Nichele Sewell Dec 2006

Hiv-Infected Consumers' Perceived Effectiveness Of Hiv/Aids-Related Services Within The State Of Georgia, Donna Nichele Sewell

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This study examines perceived effectiveness of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrom (AIDS)-related services within the state of Georgia by the HIV-infected consumer. Because this study used archival data (statewide epidemiological information), a secondary data analysis was conducted to administer this study. An extrapolation of the original consumer survey was utilized as one of the data collection methods; and the Georgia Consumer Services Assessment was the primary instrument utilized in this study. A method of convenience sampling was used to acquire the original 232 HIV-infected consumers within the sample population. The sample population was a representation of ...


Intention To Leave And Organizational Commitment Among Child Welfare Workers, Shakira Alicia Kennedy Aug 2006

Intention To Leave And Organizational Commitment Among Child Welfare Workers, Shakira Alicia Kennedy

Doctoral Dissertations

Little is known about the factors that contribute to organizational commitment among child welfare workers. Yet, since the early 1960s, child welfare has been plagued with high staff turnover rates that threaten the quality and continuity of services provided to vulnerable families. Child welfare organizations must be innovative and use proven models to assist in detecting when a worker has the intention of leaving the organization. The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between intention to leave and organizational commitment among child welfare workers. Data were collected on 70 child welfare workers in North Carolina. The Three-Component ...


How Factors Related To Social Control Might Contribute To Juvenile Delinquency Among African American And Caucasian Females, Andridia Victoria Mapson Aug 2006

How Factors Related To Social Control Might Contribute To Juvenile Delinquency Among African American And Caucasian Females, Andridia Victoria Mapson

Doctoral Dissertations

This study examined how social control factors might contribute to delinquent behavior (status and criminal offenses) among African American and Caucasian females using Hirschi’s 1969 model of social control. Secondary data was used from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN). Data were used for African American and Caucasian girls from Wave I, resulting in a sample of 837. The results indicated that the social control variables did not decrease status offenses with the exception of involvement, which had a negative statistically significant relationship. There were no differences among the races. When looking at criminal offenses, results ...


A Study Of Political Activity Among Social Work Students, Elizabeth A. Shelton Aug 2006

A Study Of Political Activity Among Social Work Students, Elizabeth A. Shelton

Masters Theses

This localized study explored the level of political activity of students at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Students were asked to respond to several demographic questions and answer questions regarding the frequency with which they performed certain tasks of political activity. Additionally the study explored relevant literature to establish a framework of national political behavior and political behavior within the field of social work. Political behavior is most strongly predicted by the age of the student with little regard for race, gender, or religious background. Students with a higher level of family history of political interest and ...


Psychosocial Correlates Of Methamphetamine Use, Greg Joseph Eisinger Aug 2006

Psychosocial Correlates Of Methamphetamine Use, Greg Joseph Eisinger

Masters Theses

Methamphetamine (MA) abuse is a devastating problem which has been sweeping the United States from west to east and has reached epidemic proportion in many areas. Literature on the drug itself, its history, and effects are reviewed. The current project aimed to examine the psychosocial correlates of MA use using Hudson's Multi-Problem Screening Inventory (MPSI).

The MPSI was given to a control group of undergraduate social work students (n=17) and a group of past-year MA users (n=15). All participants supplied demographic information and completed a questionnaire on their MA-use habits. Differences between users and non users were ...


Early Literacy And Children With Special Needs: An Examination Of Resources In The Home Environment, Juli Meagan Dolezal Aug 2006

Early Literacy And Children With Special Needs: An Examination Of Resources In The Home Environment, Juli Meagan Dolezal

Masters Theses

Early literacy development of young children is an area of research that is receiving increasing attention from scholars in the fields of early childhood general and special education. However, researchers in both fields have failed to examine the broad contextual features of the home environment and ways that these features may facilitate or impede literacy development. In an attempt to close the gap on research on early literacy development of young children with special needs, a measurement tool was developed for the purposes of obtaining a more holistic representation of resources available in home environments and gathering information about possible ...


An Exploratory Study Of After School Programs As A Strategy For Preventing Juvenile Delinquency, Jameca Shonta West May 2006

An Exploratory Study Of After School Programs As A Strategy For Preventing Juvenile Delinquency, Jameca Shonta West

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This study examined after school programs as a strategy for preventing juvenile delinquency. The dependent variable, after school programs was correlated with the independent variable, juvenile delinquency. The population consisted of 24 members of the East Dekalb Boys and Girls Club, both male and female, between the ages of 10-14. The participants were given informed consent forms. A 25-item questionnaire was administered to the participants at the after school program. The Chi-Square statistical test revealed no statistical significance between after school programs preventing juvenile delinquency which does not support the researcher's hypothesis: That children involved in some form of ...


An Exploratory Study: The Relationship Between Homonegitivity And Levels Of Conservative Religiosity Within African-American Same Gender-Loving Men And Social Work Students, Lee A. Smith Jr. May 2006

An Exploratory Study: The Relationship Between Homonegitivity And Levels Of Conservative Religiosity Within African-American Same Gender-Loving Men And Social Work Students, Lee A. Smith Jr.

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This is a two-part study that examines the correlation of religion and sexual orientation on the psychosocial understandings of two populations: same gender-loving men and social work students. The study is based on two online surveys. The first part gathered the responses of same gender-loving men (n=83) to online surveys. The second section gathered responses of Bachelor, Masters, Doctoral Social Work students (n=44) to an online survey. By the use of a 30-item, self-administered online questionnaire on Christian conservatism, the researcher operationalizes the study's independent variable, conservative Christian religiosity. The researcher explores the connection between the independent ...


The Effects Of Parenting Practices On The Behavior Of African-American Adolescents, Karria Ramsey-Simmons May 2006

The Effects Of Parenting Practices On The Behavior Of African-American Adolescents, Karria Ramsey-Simmons

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This study examines the influence of parenting practices on the behavior of African-American adolescents. The study was based on the belief that an increased level of parental involvement enhances the positive behavior of African-American adolescents.

Availability and purposive sampling was used to identify fifty African-American high school students to respond to a twenty-five item questionnaire regarding parent-child interaction. The fifty students consisted of thirty-two females and eighteen males. They ranged from fourteen to seventeen years of age. Survey research was used to examine the influence of parental involvement on their behavior. The participants were questioned about three categories; 1.) the ...


The Influence Of Instability Of Placement, Emotional Disturbances, And At-Risk Behaviors On The Academic Performance Of Male Adolescents In Foster Care, Nikia Maria Owens May 2006

The Influence Of Instability Of Placement, Emotional Disturbances, And At-Risk Behaviors On The Academic Performance Of Male Adolescents In Foster Care, Nikia Maria Owens

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This study gives attention to the effects of instability of placement, emotional disturbances, and at-risk behaviors on the academic performance of adolescents in foster care, specifically males. The purpose of this study was to examine the academic success of male adolescents in foster care and environmental influences that prevent many children from excelling. Data were extracted and analyzed (Chi-Square) from 50 of200 case files (active and discharged). The sample represented male residents (12 to 18 years of age) of a privately run, state licensed residential group home in Georgia.

Academic performance was measured by grade point average. Twenty-eight percent did ...


A Program Evaluation Of Georgia Campaign For Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Youth Leadership Program, Malaika D. Russ May 2006

A Program Evaluation Of Georgia Campaign For Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Youth Leadership Program, Malaika D. Russ

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This is an exploratory design that examines the effectiveness of Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Youth Leadership Program. This study was based on the premise that youth who participate in this program will have an increase in community service activities, increase in advocacy for issues in the community, enhanced leadership skills, and increase their knowledge in sexual health and gender issues. Because only three youths participated in the study, the evaluator could not evaluate the effectiveness of the Youth Leadership Program. However, this study does provide information based on whether the hypothesis would have been accepted or rejected. In ...


A Study Of The Intervention That Contribute To The Stabilization Of The Homeless In Phenix City, Alabama, Johnnie C. Robinson Jr. May 2006

A Study Of The Intervention That Contribute To The Stabilization Of The Homeless In Phenix City, Alabama, Johnnie C. Robinson Jr.

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This study is produced by the House of Restoration which is located in Phenix City, Alabama, to examine some interventions used in the attempt to create stability of an individual or family. The individuals and families focused on was from October 2001 through September 2004. For the purpose of this evaluation, interventions are defined as a system of help that created a change in an individual or families situation. Stabilization is defined as an individual or family that remains in housing for a period of three continuous years. The evaluation measured stabilization using the House of Restoration Stabilization Questionnaire (HORQ ...


Assessment Of The Trait Hope Scale With Social Service Providers, Andrea Kelli Mccarter May 2006

Assessment Of The Trait Hope Scale With Social Service Providers, Andrea Kelli Mccarter

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of the Trait Hope Scale when used with a sample of socials service providers. Scale scores were collected from 104 social service providers in the southeastern region of the United States. Data was collected using self report surveys from a population of case managers in the social service field. Univariate analyses were conducted to determine the make up of the sample which was primarily white females having a graduate degree. Additionally, Bivariate analyses were used to compare the mean scores of the agency, pathway and hope scale between genders and ...


Measuring Effort To Interview And Track Mothers Of Newborns, Elizabeth E. Wilson May 2006

Measuring Effort To Interview And Track Mothers Of Newborns, Elizabeth E. Wilson

Doctoral Dissertations

Maintaining a longitudinal sample is methodologically important to the integrity of research conclusions. The amount of effort devoted to retaining samples varies across research studies. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the effort needed to interview and track longitudinal respondents and the respondents' demographic characteristics, their collateral information, and various measures of the respondents' stability. The sample consisted of 246 mothers of newborns who were interviewed twice over 6 to 12 months as a part of the Volunteer Infant Parent Study. By using eight variables and latent class analysis, mothers of newborns were categorized into ...


Running Away From An Adolescent Residential Treatment Facility: Does Adult Involvement Make A Difference?, Michael Lee Burford May 2006

Running Away From An Adolescent Residential Treatment Facility: Does Adult Involvement Make A Difference?, Michael Lee Burford

Masters Theses

This paper focuses on whether running away from adolescent residential care facilities is related to having off grounds passes with an adult resource. It is hypothesized that as off grounds passes increase in frequency and duration, runaway behavior will decrease in frequency and duration. Data were collected from two hundred closed client files. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences was used for finding Spearman’s rho correlation and linear regression analysis of the variables. Results show a weak negative relationship exists between number of passes and both number of runaway occurrences and hours spent on the run. Because data are ...


The Transtheoretical Model: A Theoretical Application To Homelessness, Richard D. Campbell Apr 2006

The Transtheoretical Model: A Theoretical Application To Homelessness, Richard D. Campbell

Masters Theses

Homelessness is a complex social phenomenon that requires creative and bold solutions. Regardless of how one views current methods for facilitating the movement of people out of homelessness, the literature indicates there is still room for improvement.

The Transtheoretical model, a construct for understanding the natural process of behavioral change, has never been applied to understanding or facilitating the movement of individuals out of homelessness. This study examines the phenomenon of homelessness, the Transtheoretical model, and how the model could be applied to improving our effectiveness in moving people from homelessness to “housing readiness” and stability. The study produced a ...


Transforming Professions: A Case Study Of Social Work In The Australian Defence Organisation, Roslyn Denise Hughes Jan 2006

Transforming Professions: A Case Study Of Social Work In The Australian Defence Organisation, Roslyn Denise Hughes

Theses

The research investigated the impact of cultural change on the professional identity and practices of social workers in the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO). The researcher sought to understand both the nature and impact of change.


Child Care Decision Making Among Parents Of Young Children: A Constructivist Inquiry, Kathleen Albright Didden Jan 2006

Child Care Decision Making Among Parents Of Young Children: A Constructivist Inquiry, Kathleen Albright Didden

Theses and Dissertations

In order to understand parents' child care decision making for young children (under 6), this interpretive research interviewed 24 parents and 7 child care professionals from a mid-sized region in Virginia. Using a constructivist research design, the research question explored how parents make child care decisions. Working hypotheses focused the data collection on the role of experience in shaping parents' preferences, the relationship between family needs and child care decisions, and the interactions with family and child care services. The research product is a narrative case study. Child care decision making is conceptualized as an ongoing process bounded by the ...


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

Theses Digitization Project

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.


Prevalence Of Depression Among Adolescent Males In Residential Treatment, Keri Nicole Chavez, Alexa Joy Perez Jan 2006

Prevalence Of Depression Among Adolescent Males In Residential Treatment, Keri Nicole Chavez, Alexa Joy Perez

Theses Digitization Project

Examines the prevalence of depression among delinquent adolescent boys placed in a residential placement facility located in Yucaipa, California and managed by Trinity Children and Family Services, a non-profit organization. The Beck Depression Inventory was administered to 54 randomly selected boys (ages 12-18) of different ethnic backgrounds. Independent variables included length of time in the group home, the level of support from the family and the number of visitations the client received from family or other support systems. Results indicated that (1) White adolescents experience the highest levels of depression, (2) there was no difference in regards to depression in ...


Egyptian Social Services, Miriam Abouzahr Jan 2006

Egyptian Social Services, Miriam Abouzahr

Senior Honors Theses & Projects

No abstract provided.


Parents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Children: A Needs Assessment, Sunshine Dawn Munesue-Tenerelli Jan 2006

Parents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Children: A Needs Assessment, Sunshine Dawn Munesue-Tenerelli

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to assess the needs of parents with ADHD children. A needs assessment study will provide information to social workers on what parents are not getting from current intervention models.


African American Caregiver Burden: Stress Factors And Utilization Of Services, Lorna Jean Levias Jan 2006

African American Caregiver Burden: Stress Factors And Utilization Of Services, Lorna Jean Levias

Theses Digitization Project

The project attempted to understand what factors create the highest levels of stress for African-American caregivers. Quantitative data was gathered from a self-administered questionnaire given to caregivers that attend Inland Caregiver Resource Center and take their loved ones to a Davita Dialysis center in the Riverside area. Participants were asked to complete the Caregiver Burden Scale (CBS) and additional questions regarding demographics and community services known and used by the caregiver. The findings indicated that the age of the patient receiving care and the lack of attendance at any type of support group were the two elements which markedly contributed ...


Caregiver Characteristics That Foster Secure Attachment Syles In Children, Anna Marie Avila Jan 2006

Caregiver Characteristics That Foster Secure Attachment Syles In Children, Anna Marie Avila

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between foster parents' attachment to their parents, their own marital satisfaction and their attachment with their foster children.


Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding This Multigenerational Phenomenon, Ana Maria Stockwell, Maria De La Luz Santana Jan 2006

Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding This Multigenerational Phenomenon, Ana Maria Stockwell, Maria De La Luz Santana

Theses Digitization Project

This study examines the experiences of mothers who were sexually abused as children and who were later faced with their own daughters' sexual abuse.


Differences In Sexual Knowledge Of Students From Christian And Non-Christian Colleges, Maren Elizabeth Oslund Jan 2006

Differences In Sexual Knowledge Of Students From Christian And Non-Christian Colleges, Maren Elizabeth Oslund

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to assess the sexual knowledge of students from a Christian college and two secular colleges and how any lack of sexual knowledge will impact their lives.


Domestic Violence Exposure: Effects On Adolescents' Dating Relationships, Karina Sicairos, Leah Marie Campos Jan 2006

Domestic Violence Exposure: Effects On Adolescents' Dating Relationships, Karina Sicairos, Leah Marie Campos

Theses Digitization Project

The purposes of this study are to examine adolescents' level of exposure to domestic violence throughout their life and to explore whether there is a difference in the likelihood of engaging in conflict behaviors, justification of violence and help-seeking behaviors between adolescents who have been exposed to domestic violence and those who have not.


Teenage Codependency: A Social Worker's Perspective, Diane Jean Ausilio Jan 2006

Teenage Codependency: A Social Worker's Perspective, Diane Jean Ausilio

Theses Digitization Project

This research project explores social workers' definitions of codependency, assessment of codependency, and types of interventions for codependency, particularly among youth. Learning more about codependent treatment for young clients and families will aid practitioners and mental health workers to focus on appropriate assessment and treatment for teens and families rather than stereotyping and denying them resources and coping strategies.


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

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

Theses Digitization Project

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.