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Minority Stress Theory: An Examination Of Factors Surrounding Sexual Risk Behavior Among Gay And Bisexual Men Who Use Club Drugs, Michael Dentato, Perry Halkitis, John Orwat Dec 2015

Minority Stress Theory: An Examination Of Factors Surrounding Sexual Risk Behavior Among Gay And Bisexual Men Who Use Club Drugs, Michael Dentato, Perry Halkitis, John Orwat

John Orwat

Background: Few studies have examined the impact of minority stress theory (MST) upon sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men using club drugs. Similar studies have focused on ethnic minorities and women; however, gay and bisexual men demonstrate greater likelihood for risk behaviors leading to HIV/AIDS. Objective: This study examines sexual risk behavior from the perspective of minority stress theory upon substance-using gay and bisexual men and their partners. Methods: Multivariable logistic regression analysis examined minority stress associations with participant sexual risk behaviors, drug use, and partner type, controlling for demographics. Results: 396 gay and 54 bisexual respondents ...


Perceptions Of Family Empowerment In African American Custodial Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: Thoughts For Research And Practice, Deborah Whitley, Susan Kelley, Peter Campos Jul 2015

Perceptions Of Family Empowerment In African American Custodial Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: Thoughts For Research And Practice, Deborah Whitley, Susan Kelley, Peter Campos

Deborah M. Whitley

Empowerment practice is an approach to help marginalized families reduce their sense of powerlessness. The present study explores empowerment practice with a sample of low-income African American custodial grandmothers. It specifically describes how the effects of a strengths-based community service program influenced caregivers’ sense of empowerment. Using the Family Empowerment Scale, the results suggest that the service intervention supports the empowerment dimensions and three subscales (knowledge, advocacy, and self-efficacy); the results did not support the competency subscale. Although all age groups experienced an increase in empowerment, older grandmothers had significant differences in perceptions regarding social systems, as well as a ...


Legal And Relational Permanence In Older Foster Care Youths, Allison Thompson, Johanna Greeson Jun 2015

Legal And Relational Permanence In Older Foster Care Youths, Allison Thompson, Johanna Greeson

Johanna K.P. Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP

Permanency may be conceptualized as two separate but related dimensions. It is ideal, but not always possible, for youth to attain both.


Social Entrepreneurship And Social Work: The Need For A Transdisciplinary Educational Model, Monica Nandan, Patricia Scott Feb 2015

Social Entrepreneurship And Social Work: The Need For A Transdisciplinary Educational Model, Monica Nandan, Patricia Scott

Monica Nandan

Increasingly, human service agencies are facing revenue shortfalls, which are endangering important social programs. Unless human service leaders find sustainable revenue sources to support programmatic efforts, their programs will remain financially unstable. Social entrepreneurship (SE), which balances organizational economic and social goals, offers one possible solution. Unfortunately, very few human service administration programs offer SE training, and those that do utilize a mono-disciplinary education model. In truth, effective SE requires skills/knowledge that traverse various academic disciplines and community groups. The authors recommend that human service administration programs collaborate and offer transdisciplinary, problem-based SE programs to prepare human service administrators.