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Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

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Emancipated Foster Care Youths’ Romantic Relationships As Observed By Social Workers, Kelsey I. Hanson Jan 2013

Emancipated Foster Care Youths’ Romantic Relationships As Observed By Social Workers, Kelsey I. Hanson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Past research has revealed that emancipated foster care youth are struggling as they leave care and enter into adulthood. Among other issues, this population is impacted by high rates of mental illness, substance abuse, pregnancy, and domestic violence. On top of these struggles they are also under-supported in their transition to adulthood and lack meaningful connections to the adult world and their communities. This research focuses on the romantic relationships of emancipated foster care youth as they attempt to make this difficult transition. The research question asks: what is the observed experience of emancipated foster care youth with romantic relationships ...


Is There An Increased Health Risk To Multi-Generational Elderly Poor Not Found In First-Generation Elderly Poor?, Donna E. Enfield Jan 2013

Is There An Increased Health Risk To Multi-Generational Elderly Poor Not Found In First-Generation Elderly Poor?, Donna E. Enfield

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study sought to discover whether or not there is an increased health risk to multi-generational elderly poor not found in first-generation elderly poor. The research design called for a convenience sampling of 100 adults attending community center programs within one of four geographic areas in two Midwestern metropolitan counties identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as being low income. All surveys were to be anonymous, printed in English and completed independently by the survey participants. Survey questions included topics such as belief in parental poverty, perceptions of current poverty status, health issues and barriers to obtaining health care ...


Seriously Funny: The Clinical Role Of Humor In The Grief Process, Jessie Rae Rayle Jan 2013

Seriously Funny: The Clinical Role Of Humor In The Grief Process, Jessie Rae Rayle

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

With the introduction of laughter groups and laughter yoga to such distinguished medical facilities as the Mayo Clinic and Cancer Treatment Centers, the use of humor as a therapeutic tool is beginning to emerge. This study aims to gain an understanding of what motivates therapist’s to use humor while working with grieving clients through a qualitative approach. Four licensed therapists were interviewed on the topics of theoretical orientation, intentional use of humor with grieving clients, the clinical risks and benefits of using humor and the therapist’s personal preferences of humor. The major themes found in this study were ...


Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark Jan 2013

Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark

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This qualitative study examines the perspectives and efforts of Minnesota Reading Corps members and Master Coaches to help Early Language Learners become kindergarten ready.

Minnesota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of third grade. The program places Reading Corps members as literacy tutors in sites across Minnesota to implement a research-based early-literacy effort to help struggling readers. The Reading Corps strategies are designed for both preschool-aged children and students from kindergarten to third grade students. This phenomenological study looks at the stories and captures the essence of the ...


Value And Importance Of Mindfulness: A Study Of Graduate Level Social Workers, Bridget J. Koenen Jan 2013

Value And Importance Of Mindfulness: A Study Of Graduate Level Social Workers, Bridget J. Koenen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Self-care is an essential component to the profession of social work. Introducing mindfulness practices is one way to promote self-care among social workers and social work students. Mindfulness is training your mind to enhance your well-being. This research study utilized a survey of graduate level social workers from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN who participated and completed a course on mindfulness titled Integrative Psychotherapy. Students answered questions regarding the value and importance of taking a graduate level course on mindfulness. The results of this study support prior research regarding the positive outcomes of mindfulness among various ...


The Effects Of A Therapy Animal On College Student Stress And Arousal, Michelle Bjick Jan 2013

The Effects Of A Therapy Animal On College Student Stress And Arousal, Michelle Bjick

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Colleges are facing increasing levels of distressed students and need a wide variety of tools to assist them. One such modality is animal-assisted interaction; an integrative practice with minimal side effects. This study attempted to demonstrate that spending time with animals will decrease a college student’s stress level. It was based on a 2004 study by Charnetski, Brennan and Riggers which studied the effect of a dog on college students’ immune systems. This study consisted of four groups: the control group, a group that experienced explicit observation of a therapy rabbit, a group that experienced implicit observation of the ...


From Her Perspective: Reflections Of Teenage Pregnancy And Parenthood, Stephanie J. Bowman Jan 2013

From Her Perspective: Reflections Of Teenage Pregnancy And Parenthood, Stephanie J. Bowman

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Teenage mothers face many challenges throughout their lives, challenges that prove to be both positive and negative. This study examines the lived experiences of seven women who were teen mothers. They have shared their stories here and reveal their experiences. Data was obtained through semi-structured qualitative interviews with seven women who became pregnant at age 20 or younger and who have been parenting for at least five years. Themes emerged from the interviews such as: family structure, education, personal goals and values, circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, support, the relationship and role of the father, the experience of becoming a young ...


Dimensions Of Protective Parent-Adolescent Dyads As Defined By Mexican American Sons, Clare M. Dudzinski Jan 2013

Dimensions Of Protective Parent-Adolescent Dyads As Defined By Mexican American Sons, Clare M. Dudzinski

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The unique relationship between parent and adolescent requires clinical attention as a means of promoting positive mental, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for adolescents. The dynamic identity and growing presence of the Mexican American male adolescent in American society add multiple layers to this already complex relationship. The purpose of this project was to explore features and definitions of closeness and care in parent-adolescent dyads to understand how Mexican American male adolescents build positive relationships with their resident parents. In this secondary data analysis, features of closeness and care were drawn from Wave I, Stage 2 of the National Longitudinal Study ...


Understanding Acculturation: An Exploratory Study Of Tibetan-American High School Students, Kunga Norzom Jan 2013

Understanding Acculturation: An Exploratory Study Of Tibetan-American High School Students, Kunga Norzom

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The purpose of this research study was to understand how acculturation affects Tibetan-American high school students’ ability to develop a new identity considering many variables and how that identity relates to different parts of their life and issues related to that both at home with parents and other significant relationships in life. The aspects explored are the rate of acculturation, age of arrival, familial relationship, community involvement, and level of cultural practice at home. This research paper will integrate past studies about different Asian American communities and specific issues affecting youth in an attempt to understand the current group of ...


Social Workers' Perceptions Of Teen Fathers: Differences Among Social Service Professionals, Katelin A. Swanson Jan 2013

Social Workers' Perceptions Of Teen Fathers: Differences Among Social Service Professionals, Katelin A. Swanson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Teen fathers are often left out of public conversation and social work interventions, and research with this population is minimal. The purpose of this project was to explore social workers’ perceptions of teen fathers, both how their perceptions are related to their practice and how they may differ from other social service professionals. Utilizing a mixed-mode questionnaire, 47 social service professionals from multiple work settings were surveyed about their perceptions and interventions with teen fathers. Quantitative data were analyzed using the data analysis software SPSS to produce descriptive and inferential statistics. Qualitative data were analyzed using content analysis to discover ...


Older Adults And Substance Abuse: A Program Evaluation, Lisa Lacoursiere Jan 2013

Older Adults And Substance Abuse: A Program Evaluation, Lisa Lacoursiere

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

In the year 2011, the first wave of the baby boom generation reached age 65, the age of retirement. Over the next 18 years the U. S. Administration on Aging (2010) reports that these boomers will turn 65 years old at the rate of approximately 8,000 per day. Substance abuse among this cohort has been called an invisible and silent epidemic. Many social service agencies will have to deal with the negative and complicating factors which substance abuse causes. Alcohol and substance misuse among the elderly is associated with many negative consequences, including functional impairment, increase risk of dementia ...


Therapists And Personal Therapy, Samantha J. Lundgren Jan 2013

Therapists And Personal Therapy, Samantha J. Lundgren

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Clinical social workers spend years in training and even more time ever refining their professional skill set as they work with clients. Personal therapy is another tool utilized by mental health professionals for personal and professional reasons. An array of research investigates the value of personal therapy for therapists. This study was designed for three reasons: 1) to examine the prevalence of personal therapy in the sample 2) to investigate the effect the practitioners experience of how therapy impacts their professional competence and 3) to evaluate perceptions of the role of personal therapy as a prerequisite to the profession. This ...


Supervision Training Needs: Perspectives Of Social Work Supervisees, Melissa A. Mak Jan 2013

Supervision Training Needs: Perspectives Of Social Work Supervisees, Melissa A. Mak

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The topic of social work supervision has received a fair amount of attention in recent years, especially with new supervision training requirements for licensing supervisors recently implemented by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. However, the majority of the previous research on the topic of social work supervision training has been gathered from supervisors, rather than supervisees. The purpose of this survey research was to investigate the perceptions of social work supervisees surrounding the topic of supervision and supervision training. Using quantitative survey research, responses were received from thirty total survey respondents regarding their perceptions surrounding the topic of social ...


Is There A Correlation Between Building And/Or Strengthening Developmental Assets And The Reduction In Mental Health Symptoms In Youth?, Angela C. Marti Jedinak Jan 2013

Is There A Correlation Between Building And/Or Strengthening Developmental Assets And The Reduction In Mental Health Symptoms In Youth?, Angela C. Marti Jedinak

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to determine if developing or strengthening developmental assets in youth, can reduce mental health symptoms. Despite the multitude of risk factors youth may have in their life, if countered with a high amount of protective factors or assets; research shows that youth can still have positive youth development. In turn, this provides children with skills to become engaged, empathetic, compassionate adults. This study examines if there is a correlation between building and/or strengthening assets and the reduction of mental health symptoms in children residing at a residential facility in Northern Minnesota.


Impact Of Agency's Climate On Burnout, Benjamin Widbin Jan 2013

Impact Of Agency's Climate On Burnout, Benjamin Widbin

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Social work agencies can play a vital role in reducing burnout of Social Workers today. Determining what agencies could do to lighten the emotional load on its workers is an important topic for Social Workers as well as the clients they serve. This quantitative study surveyed 48 licensed social workers to examine which aspects of an agency’s culture contribute to its workers’ experience of burnout. Results indicate that the majority of the respondents, 52% (25) indicated that they have already experienced burnout in some form while working at their current agencies. Respondents also felt that the single most important ...