This series contains dissertations from Penn's Doctorate in Social Work program. For more information about University of Pennsylvania dissertation requirements and guidelines, please consult the dissertation manual.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Flow into Social Work Education A two-paper examination on integrating flow and mindfulness strategies into social work education to prevent compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout during MSW programs., Julia Colangelo

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Brief Mindfulness Intervention with Women in an Inpatient Substance Use Treatment Setting, Kay Colbert

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Therapeutic Horticulture as a Healing Tool for Veterans, Cherie Eichholz

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Integrated Care Interventions for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Roxanne Kennedy

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The Impact of the Therapeutic Alliance, Therapist Empathy and Perceived Coercion on Engagement in Outpatient Therapy for Individuals with Serious Mental Health Conditions, Jason R. Mallonee

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Changing the Outcome of Adverse Childhood Experiences: How Interpersonal Relationships, Play, and the Arts Support Posttraumatic growth, Michelle M. Pliske

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A TWO-PAPER EXPLORATION OF QUEER AFFIRMATIVE THERAPY, Luis M. Ramirez

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Integrating Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Interventions into Urban High Schools for the Benefit of both Teachers and Students, Jonathan S. Rivers

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THRIVING TOGETHER: JOB SKILLS TRAINING IN PENNSYLVANIA ANIMAL SHELTERS FOR YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE: A FORMATIVE EVALUATION OF THE HAND2PAW PROGRAM & TOOLKIT DEVELOPMENT, Alexis K. Walsh

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EXAMINING THE HISTORICAL AND PRESENT-AGE IMPACT OF RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THROUGH THE ARTS, AESTHETIC EDUCATION, AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING THEORY: EMPOWERING SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS TO EFFECTIVELY DISCUSS RACISM AND PROVIDE BEST PRACTICES WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR, Dr. Jacque Tara Washington, LCSWR

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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The Voices of Male Survivors: The Lived Experiences of Adult Male Victims of Child Sexual Abuse, Rick Azzaro

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Negotiations Around Power, Resources, and Tasks Within Lesbian Relationships: Does This Process Affect the Perception of Intimacy and Sexual Satisfaction?, Sarah Bohannon

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The PARTNER Model: An Attachment-Based Practice Model for Providers Working with Mothers and Infants Impacted by Perinatal Opioid Use Disorders, Noelle M. Ciara

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“WE’RE JUST FAMILY”: AFRICAN AMERICAN STEPFAMILIES’ PERSPECTIVES ON STEPFAMILY LIFE AND THE IMPACT OF INSTITUTIONAL RACISM, Jennifer J. Clinkscales

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BARRIERS TO ATTAINING HIGHER EDUCATION AMONG SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS, Steven Dawson

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From the Voices of Domestic Sex Trafficking Survivors: Experiences of Complex Trauma & Posttraumatic Growth, Heather R. Evans DSW

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SOCIAL GROUP WORK IN ACTION: A SOCIOMETRY, PSYCHODRAMA, AND EXPERIENTIAL TRAUMA GROUP THERAPY CURRICULUM, Scott Giacomucci

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Expanding the Mind and Body: Educating Social Work Students on Yoga as a Complementary Practice to Traditional Therapeutic Approaches, Nicole Grossman

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Attachment to the Social Construct of Success and the Myth of the "Good College": Effects of Toxic Stress on Affluent Adolescents, Corey Hirsch

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The Efficacy of Supportive Services in the Early Stages of Outpatient Methadone Maintenance Treatment, Zachary M. Holtzman-Conston

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CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND HIGHER EDUCATION: THE MEANING OF COUNTERSTORYTELLING FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR AT PREDOMINATELY WHITE INSTITUTIONS, Hanna Jackson

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When Cancer Hits Home: Providing a theoretical foundation for defining self-disclosure of personal cancer coping experience in oncology social workers’ helping relationships, Kimberly A. Lawson

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Provider-Identified Implementation Barriers to Providing Cognitive Processing Therapy in VA: A Review of the Literature and Changes Over Time, Stephanie M. Renno

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BARRIERS AND FACILITATORS OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS PROVIDING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES, Maureen E. Rosenplanter

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IMPACT OF DISCLOSURE OF MILITARY SERVICE HISTORY ON DIAGNOSIS OF PTSD, Crystal Shelton

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Situational Risk Factors Associated with Child Sexual Abuse in the Black Church and the Interventions to Keep Black Children Safe, Ebony M. Speakes-Hall

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEMIC, TRAUMA-INFORMED GROUP MODEL TO REDUCE SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS AMONG VIOLENCE INTERVENTION WORKERS, Laura Vega

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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“I CAN’T SEE HIM, BUT HE’S ‘THERE:’” YOUNG ADULT FEMALES’ RETROSPECTIVE EXPERIENCES OF PATERNAL ABSENCE AND AMBIGUOUS LOSS, Emily T. Atwell

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"It Gets Easier, Not Better": Ambiguous Loss and Resiliency in Adult Children Caring for Their Parent with Alzheimer's Disease, Maria L. Balintona

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EXAMINING FACTORS THAT EXPLAIN DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AMONG TRANSGENDER COLLEGE STUDENTS, Amber M. Bennett

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A Two-Paper Mixed Method Pilot Study on Perceived Social Support, Self Esteem, and Racial-Ethnic Microaggressions among Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional College Students in the United States, Bobby N. Casiano

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NON-OFFENDING FATHERS AS CAREGIVERS IN THE AFTERMATH OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE DISCLOSURE: APPLYING A HISTORICAL, ATTACHMENT AND CASE STUDY LENS, Johanna S. Crocetto

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THIRD CULTURE KIDS (TCKs) GO TO COLLEGE: A RETROSPECTIVE NARRATIVE INQUIRY OF INTERNATIONAL UPBRINGING AND COLLEGIATE ENGAGEMENT, Shakira Espada-Campos

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EXPLORING THE CLINICAL UTILITY OF MOBILE APPLICATIONS FOR PROMOTING AFFECT REGULATION AMONG CLIENTS WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, Caroline Fenkel

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MORE THAN A STATISTIC: EXAMINING PROMOTIVE FACTORS THAT FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT IN THE FORM OF COLLEGE DEGREES AMONG FORMER BLACK AND LATINA TEENAGE MOTHERS, Judith Gil

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AGGRESSION MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM FOR ACUTE, NON-PSYCHIATRIC MEDICAL UNITS WITHIN A GENERAL HOSPITAL, Patricia M. Inacker

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The Clinical Significance of Companion Animals for LGBT+ Youth:Unconditional Love in a Straight Society, Jeffrey Neal Jin

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THE WARRIOR’S PROVIDER FROM BOOTCAMP THROUGH DISCHARGE: EDUCATING AND TRAINING AN ARMY OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS TOWARDS CLINICAL AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE WITH SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, Kenneth J. Marfilius

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APPLYING EXPRESSIVE ART THERAPIES TO COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH AVOIDANT RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER, Emily B. Masciulli

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TRAUMA-INFORMED CASE MANAGEMENT PRACTICE FOR YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS: CONNECTION, HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION, Frank McAlpin

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A MIXED-METHODS EXAMINATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SELF AND ADAPTIVE COPING IN MILITARY WIVES, Amy P. Page

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A QUALITATIVE STUDY EXPLORING AFRICAN-AMERICAN LESBIAN MOTHERS’ FAMILY EXPERIENCES USING BOTH AN INTERSECTIONALITY AND A RISK-RESILIENCE FRAMEWORK, Brie Radis

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The Training Needs of Community Service Providers of an Intensive Mental Health Program in Virginia’s Public School Settings, Cristina V. Reamon

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A Two-Paper Conceptualization of Safety After Sexual Assault: The Case of Edith, Sarah O. Trotta

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The Experience of Burnout of Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses: Promoting Trauma Informed Care and Examining Mindfulness as a Means for Improved Patient Safety and Nurse Well-Being, Donna Wampole

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It’s the Journey: The Developmental and Attachment Implications of Animal Assisted Play Therapy(TM) for Children in Emergency Housing, Katharine P. Wenocur LCSW, RPT

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"Too Blue to Talk about Sex": Exploring the Relationship between Depression and Sexual Behavior among Black Women - A Study for HIV Prevention, Estella C. Williamson

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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USER-INVOLVEMENT/ORIENTED MODELS OF CARE AND RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER CARE, Kathryn D. Arnett

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MALE PATIENT EXPERIENCE RECEIVING PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS FOR THE PREVENTION OF HIV THROUGH PRIMARY CARE, Nathaniel L. Currie

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A Two-Article Examination of the Integration of Trauma-informed Care with Adult Medical Care, Sharon Czabafy

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THE EXPLORATION OF HOMOPHOBIA WITHIN INSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS: EXPLORATION OF HOMOPHOBIA IN SCHOOLS, Paul S. Heffner

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An Ecological and Intersectionality Approach to Understanding African-American Men’s Perceptions of the Intersections of Gender, Race, and low SES and Social Determinants of Health, Georgia M. Jennings

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CHANGES IN SEXUAL BEHAVIORS DUE TO THE UTILIZATION OF PrEP AS A PREVENTIVE METHOD FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF HIV, Michael D. Kaltenbach

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Evaluating the effectiveness of The Body’s Story in Building Resilience in School-aged Children Exposed to Violence, Sara Kotzin

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MAKING THE CONNECTION: USING SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVIST THEORY TO EXAMINE DIALYSIS SOCIAL WORKERS’, Charisse E. Marshall

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A Comparative Effectiveness Study of the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) and an Attachment-Informed Variation of TREM, Melanie Masin-Moyer

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Reconstructing The Center: The Institutional Logics of a Structural Intervention for a Post Incarceration Community, Alison Neff

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AGED-OUT PREGNANT AND PARENTING TEENS SPEAK OUT ABOUT ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT AND PERFORMANCE – A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY, Serena K. Ohene

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The Role of Mindfulness as a Buffer Against Psychosocial Stress Among African-American Men, Thomas E. Owens

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HOW PROFESSIONAL PROVIDERS ADDRESS THE SELF-ESTEEM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ADOLESCENT GIRLS LIVING IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES, Khidhra S. Poole

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Beyond the Loss of a Child in the NICU: The Social Worker's Role, Anniesha D. Quann-Walker

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COMBAT-RELATED STRESS AND DEPRESSION IN FEMALE OEF/OIF/OND VETERANS, Holly A. Sairsingh

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School social work: An introductory course for MSW students, Jamie Siegel

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Trauma Narratives with Inner City Youth: The Storiez Intervention, Meagan Corrado

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Child Massage Integrated Therapy: A Preliminary Intervention Manual for Psychological Trauma Treatment, Sylvie P. Demers

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Risk and Protective Factors Explaining First Year College Adjustment, Marissa Kahn

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A Mental Minute: A Qualitative Exploration of Work-Related Stress in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Professionals, Gillian MN Murray

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CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN TOGETHER: SOCIAL WORKERS’ CONSTRUCTIONS OF POSITIVE REACTIONS FROM TRAUMA WORK, Meg A. Myers

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TOWARD A SECURE THERAPEUTIC BASE: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ADULT ATTACHMENT PATTERN AND THEORETICAL ORIENTATION AMONG CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS, Marisa Miller Nero

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Experiences and Utilization of Certified Peer Support Specialists Employed on Dialectical Behavior Therapy Teams, Megan Schutt

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“I am not CF, I have CF”: Social Connection and Isolation During Young Adulthood With Cystic Fibrosis, Chelsea E. Toth

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The Desire for Hastened Death in Home Hospice Care, Sarah E. Wichman

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Breastfeeding-A Protective Intervention for Child Maltreatment of NICU Graduates, Janeen E. Cross

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A two-Paper Examination of Secure Body Attachment in the Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders, Suzanne Daly

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Social Work Supervision Through a Relational-Cultural Theoretical Lens, Lisa Eible

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The Life Stories of Individuals Who as Adults Were Identified as Experiencing the Effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Anna CK Erb

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Educating Students About the Social Constructs of Sex Work: Integrating a Course Focused on Prostitution into the Social Work Curriculum, Halcyon Francis

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Spiritual Development and Baccalaureate Social Work Education: One Historic Program, Lloyd Gestoso

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From Foster Care to Adulthood: Success Stories, Sabrina R. Gonzalez

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Client-Clinician Texting: An Expansion of the Clinical Holding Environment, Gina M. Innocente

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Teacher Anxiety: Study of Effectiveness of Mindfulness Therapy (MT) Intervention for Anxiety Reduction, James K. Joseph

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The Philosophies and Practices of Alcoholics Anonymous From a Psychodynamic Perspective, Noah Kass

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Getting the Picture: A Cartoon-Based Assessment Tool for Complex Trauma in Children, Jennifer A. King

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Disenfranchised Grief In Postpartum Women: A Heuristic Inquiry Into Women's Lived Experience Of Loss Of The Dreamed-of Birth, Rumyana P. Kudeva

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A CHAIR BASED YOGA WORKSHOP FOR SELF-CARE AND STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR SOCIAL WORKERS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, Aileen J. McCabe-Maucher

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The Therapist’s Pregnancy: Toward a Therapeutic Fourth A Two-Paper Examination, Mary C. McCluskey

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A PILOT STUDY OF CROSS-CULTURAL IMMERSION AS A PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH FOR TEACHING CULTURAL COMPETENCE, Monica M. Murray Smith DSW

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A TWO-PAPER EXAMINATION ON THE INTEGRATION OF HUMOR INTO CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK, Stephanie Nathanson

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The Therapeutic Usefulness of Video Narrative Playback: A Pilot Comparative Effectiveness Study, Scarlett Leas Robertson LCSW

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A BUDDHIST-INFORMED CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR APPROACHING DIFFICULT EMOTIONS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, Pamela A. Szczygiel

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Exploring the Dynamics of High-Challenge Encounters in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Settings, Annapoorna Ayyagari

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Evidence Based Social Skills Interventions for Young Children with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Montessori Educational Method: An Integrative Review, Jennifer A. Fulton

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Problem-Solving Therapy for Informal Hospice Caregivers: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study, Christin Ann Gregory

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Hearing His Story: A Qualitative Study of Fathers of Pediatric Stroke Survivors, Lois J. Robbins

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FROM VIOLATION TO REVELATION: FINDING FAITH IN THE DEPTHS OF PRISON HELL, Darcella Sessomes DSW

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A Grounded Theory Approach to Exploring the Impact of Machismo on Second-Generation Latina Women's Identity Formation, Marilyn Valenciano

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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SUPPORTING TRANSITIONALLY HOMELESS WOMEN IN RURAL REGIONS: THE NEED FOR TRAUMA-INFORMED CASE MANAGEMENT, yodit K. Betru

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Bridging the Gap Between Adult Children and Their Aging Parents: Developing and Assessing a Life Review Education Program, Kathryn M. Brzozowski DSW, LCSW

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How Does a High Profile Child Death Impact Child Protective Service Workers?, Toya V. Clebourn-Jacobs

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LOOKING FOR ATTACHMENT SOLUTIONS IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES: OUT OF CONTROL SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AS A SYMPTOM OF INSECURE ATTACHMENT IN MEN, Michael Crocker