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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.


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.


The Utilization Of Parent-Child Visitations For Reunification And Stability Among Children And Families, Susanne Allison Jimenez, Lori Hai Stooksbury Jan 2005

The Utilization Of Parent-Child Visitations For Reunification And Stability Among Children And Families, Susanne Allison Jimenez, Lori Hai Stooksbury

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to measure how effectively San Bernardino County, Department of Children's Services utilizes visitations for family reunification and stability.


Working With Ethnic-Minority Families: Evaluating The Need For Cross-Cultural Training Within Riverside County Child Protective Services, Kathleen Fromayan Nebo, Darlena Allen Jan 2005

Working With Ethnic-Minority Families: Evaluating The Need For Cross-Cultural Training Within Riverside County Child Protective Services, Kathleen Fromayan Nebo, Darlena Allen

Theses Digitization Project

This work examined social workers at the Riverside County Child Protective Services and their need for cross-cultural training specifically when working with ethnic minority families.


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

Theses Digitization Project

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.


Vacation Spots Or Homes?: Children Who Live In Motels, Katrina Michele Devine Jan 2005

Vacation Spots Or Homes?: Children Who Live In Motels, Katrina Michele Devine

Theses Digitization Project

Social workers who work with homeless children need to understand the challenges in the homeless culture. The purpose of this study was to discover the needs that were reported by homeless children who live in motels, in order to provide agencies with information that will help them better provide services to this population.


Child Welfare Professionals' Knowledge Of Identifying Factors For Alcohol And Other Drug Issues, Josefina Reyes Sauri, Michael Leslie Lau Jan 2005

Child Welfare Professionals' Knowledge Of Identifying Factors For Alcohol And Other Drug Issues, Josefina Reyes Sauri, Michael Leslie Lau

Theses Digitization Project

Using both qualitative and quantitative research designs, this study focused on the knowledge of Children Protective Services (CPS) social workers for identifying Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) risk factors in their clients, and the impact that these AOD issues have on the child welfare system in San Bernardino County, California.


Foster Caregivers' Opinions On The Causes Of Multiple Placements Among Foster Children, Erika Yolanda Alatorre, Angelica Lemus Jan 2005

Foster Caregivers' Opinions On The Causes Of Multiple Placements Among Foster Children, Erika Yolanda Alatorre, Angelica Lemus

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of the study was to gather data that could help minimize the number of placements that foster children often experience. The results of this study are intended to help California child welfare agencies and other foster care agencies develop additional policies that support the development of stable foster care placements for dependent children.


Stepparents: Social Support Systems And Factors That Contribute To Role Fulfillment, Lydia Guerrero, Sonia Marlene Valadez Jan 2005

Stepparents: Social Support Systems And Factors That Contribute To Role Fulfillment, Lydia Guerrero, Sonia Marlene Valadez

Theses Digitization Project

Forty-five stepparents responded to four scales: Perceived Social Support Friend Scale, Perceived Social Support Family Scale, Kansas Family Life Satisfaction Scale and the Kansas Parental Satisfaction Scale. The study found a significant positive correlation between family and friend support and stepparents' role fulfillment.


American Forensic Social Workers' Knowledge Of And Skepticism Toward Dissociative Identity Disorder, Amy Lee Consolati Jan 2005

American Forensic Social Workers' Knowledge Of And Skepticism Toward Dissociative Identity Disorder, Amy Lee Consolati

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to examine forensic social workers' levels of knowledge about skepticism toward Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in light of the controversy that surrounds the diagnosis. Relationships between demographic and professional practice variables and workers' levels of knowledge and skepticism were analyzed to assess the possible etiology of skepticism toward DID.


A Study Of The Effects Of Short-Term Respite Care On Caregivers And The Relationship Between Respite Satisfaction And Social Support, Lisa San Filippo Di Matteo Jan 2005

A Study Of The Effects Of Short-Term Respite Care On Caregivers And The Relationship Between Respite Satisfaction And Social Support, Lisa San Filippo Di Matteo

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects short-term respite care had on caregivers of elderly and brain-impaired adults. The study also sought to examine the role that social support plays in determining satisfaction with respite care.


The Effects Of Pet Ownership And Attachment On Caregivers' Mental Health, Eveleen Irene Dimaggio, Nicole Renee Hughes Jan 2005

The Effects Of Pet Ownership And Attachment On Caregivers' Mental Health, Eveleen Irene Dimaggio, Nicole Renee Hughes

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this project was to examine whether or not caregivers who own pets experience less loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress as compared to caregivers who do not own pets. Quantitative data was obtained through a sample survey of 150 random caregivers served by Inland Caregiver Resource Center (ICRC). Qualitative data was obtained through five open-ended questions included in the survey. The study found a significant increase in loneliness among caregivers who own pets.


A Qualitative Study Of Spiritual And Alternative Practices In Social Work, Alissa Carrie Wilson Jan 2005

A Qualitative Study Of Spiritual And Alternative Practices In Social Work, Alissa Carrie Wilson

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study is to more closely examine social workers who are practicing or familiar with spiritual and alternative techniques. These approaches are seen as highly relevant to social work values of cultural competency and empowerment.


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

Theses Digitization Project

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.


Levels Of Social Intimacy Among Women In Substance Abuse Treatment, Jean Emiko Ishihara Jan 2005

Levels Of Social Intimacy Among Women In Substance Abuse Treatment, Jean Emiko Ishihara

Theses Digitization Project

This study found that women in substance abuse treatment have higher levels of social intimacy than women with no history of substance abuse (treatment). Other factors examined in relation to level of intimacy were: type and number of substances used, length of use, length of treatment, participation in mental health treatment, substance abuse in the home when the subject was a child, and a history of the subject being a survivor of abuse.


Operation Iraqi Freedom And Mental Health Of Vietnam Veterans, Janice Lynn Moody, Ron Robinson Jan 2005

Operation Iraqi Freedom And Mental Health Of Vietnam Veterans, Janice Lynn Moody, Ron Robinson

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to provide a clear conceptualization of how Vietnam veterans who have previously been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) respond and cope with the emotional and psychological effects presented by the present war in Iraq.


Spirituality And Aging, Henry Waller Jan 2005

Spirituality And Aging, Henry Waller

Theses Digitization Project

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 ...


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

Theses Digitization Project

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.


What Teachers And Probation Officers Identify As The Most Influential Risk Factors That Lead Youth To Criminal Behavior, Raymond Deion Ephriam, Antonio Castro Jan 2005

What Teachers And Probation Officers Identify As The Most Influential Risk Factors That Lead Youth To Criminal Behavior, Raymond Deion Ephriam, Antonio Castro

Theses Digitization Project

Fifty teachers and forty-five probation officers participated in this study which was designed to elicit their opinions on critical risk factors that lead youth to criminal behavior. Risk factors identified included: dropping out of school, participating in gang activity, poverty, using drugs (or just the availability of drugs), parental involvement in criminal activity, and the lack of parental supervision.


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.


Social Support And Mental Health Outcomes In Battered Women, Alicia Kay Vallellanes, Kelley Ferris Jan 2005

Social Support And Mental Health Outcomes In Battered Women, Alicia Kay Vallellanes, Kelley Ferris

Theses Digitization Project

This study examined the relationship between perceived social support and negative mental health outcomes in battered women. Correlations between perceived social support and depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder were analyzed. Perceived social support, particularly from family members, was found to be significantly related to mental health outcomes. Results indicate that agencies that work with battered women should include social support in the assessment and intervention processes. The study utilized a quantitative survey design with a sample of 120 battered women from four domestic violence agencies throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Quantitative data analysis procedures, such as multivariate analysis ...


Risk Factors Associated With Recurrent Child Maltreatment, Mary Beth Hickey, Karen Eva Smithson Jan 2005

Risk Factors Associated With Recurrent Child Maltreatment, Mary Beth Hickey, Karen Eva Smithson

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to identify factors that contribute to the recurrence of child maltreatment within a variety of families. The following discussion addresses the safety and security of children, child protective services, cultural sensitivity, and perception of poverty.


Child Welfare Workers' Perceptions Of Reunification Services: Are Timeframes Feasible?, Nancy Razo Calderon, Elisa Adriana Hernandez Jan 2005

Child Welfare Workers' Perceptions Of Reunification Services: Are Timeframes Feasible?, Nancy Razo Calderon, Elisa Adriana Hernandez

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of current child welfare policy, specifically the Adoption Assistance and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA), on the perceptions of child welfare workers about their decisions.


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.


Review Of The Cross-Sectional Field Of Outdoor Camps, Resiliency, And Juvenile Delinquncy, Omar Taha Safie Jan 2005

Review Of The Cross-Sectional Field Of Outdoor Camps, Resiliency, And Juvenile Delinquncy, Omar Taha Safie

Theses Digitization Project

Successful outdoor camp programs are being threatened by decreased funding and increased focus on the control of juvenile delinquents. To determine the success of outdoor camp programs for the juvenile delinquent, it is important to examine the recidivism rates of those who go through the programs compared to those who do not. By properly infusing outdoor camp programs with resiliency education, new programs can be created with even more success. This paper is a literature review of the present state of research in both fields. With the background information presented here, the goal is to become a 'springboard' for further ...


Do Educators Value School Social Workers?, Keynasia Kami Daniels Jan 2005

Do Educators Value School Social Workers?, Keynasia Kami Daniels

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study is to examine educators' (teachers and school administrators) level of knowledge about the professional role of school social workers and the value that educators place on the functions carried out by social workers as pupil support personnel.


Play Therapy Interventions And Their Effectiveness In A School-Based Counseling Program, Nancy Cardenas Jan 2005

Play Therapy Interventions And Their Effectiveness In A School-Based Counseling Program, Nancy Cardenas

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to add to the limited amount of information on the effectiveness of play therapy interventions in a school-based counseling program. The study focused on examining the reasons why clients were referred to counseling, the frequency and duration of their behavior, the clients' academic performance at the beginning and end of treatment, the total number of sessions received, and the type of play therapy that was used to determine how effective play therapy interventions were during treatment.


Social Support As An Influential Factor In Treatment-Seeking, Liana Christine Gonzalez Jan 2005

Social Support As An Influential Factor In Treatment-Seeking, Liana Christine Gonzalez

Theses Digitization Project

This study was conducted using a quantitative design and statistical analysis to determine the extent to which social support will influence an individual's decision to seek treatment for a medical illness. Main findings include significant correlations between measures of perceived and tangible social support and treatment compliance.


Special Care Units: Recreational Activities For Patients With Alzheimer's Disease, Christina Marie Erickson-Taube Jan 2005

Special Care Units: Recreational Activities For Patients With Alzheimer's Disease, Christina Marie Erickson-Taube

Theses Digitization Project

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the recreational activities provided in special care units located in the Inland Empire. The population that this study sought to assist was patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and living in an Alzheimer's special care unit.


A Bi-County Examination Of Child Welfare Workers' Levels Of Compassion Fatigue And Coping Skills, Pamela Marie Keyes, Christina Leigh Smith Jan 2005

A Bi-County Examination Of Child Welfare Workers' Levels Of Compassion Fatigue And Coping Skills, Pamela Marie Keyes, Christina Leigh Smith

Theses Digitization Project

This study examined the relationship between child welfare workers' coping skills and their levels of empathy. The author developed instruments for measuring empathy and for measuring coping skills. Measures of the coping skills and empathy of child welfare workers in San Bernardino County and San Diego County were compared and found to be similar; the author hoped that this would demonstrate that the results can be generalized. The hypothesis that excellent coping skills diminish compassion fatigue and lead to increased empathy was supported.