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  1. The Effects of Deployment on Military Family Roles

    Hill, Bethany
    The United States Department of Defense is the largest employer in the world, employing 3.2 million people, most of whom are military service members. With spouses and children included, the number of Americans considered part of a military family reaches five million, with about two million military children. Over 50% of service members are married and more than 40% have children. Sixty percent of military service members are deployed at least once, with nearly half of this population experiencing between two and four deployments throughout their military careers. This qualitative study examines the effects of deployment on family member roles...

  2. Barriers to Meditation

    Bork, Samantha
    The purpose of this study is to determine barriers that impede the practice of meditation. Extensive research shows that meditation has major health benefits for those formally and not formally in a clinical environment. However, studies often show high levels of engagement but retention rates of less than fifty percent of participants. Data collection comes from an electronic survey offered to Ohio State students. The questions in the survey include demographics, perceived barriers to meditation, and personality traits. Demographics and personality traits were entered as predictors of perceived barriers to meditation. 93 participants completed the survey. Among the Big Five...

  3. Student Perceptions of Campus Safety and Physical/Sexual Assault

    Kren, Courtney
    According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. The Clery Act (1990) requires colleges and universities to disclose campus safety information, and provide requirements for handling sexual violence and emergency situations. However, there isn’t enough literature available on student perceptions during such sexual violence encounters or dangerous circumstances. The purpose of this research is to understand perceptions of students on physical/sexual assault at The Ohio State University, and their attitudes towards administration in regards to campus safety, prevention, and response to violent occurrences. To examine...

  4. Breaking Down the Barriers to Academic Success: Middle School Students' Perceptions of Barriers to Academic Achievement

    Kolesar, Laine
    Middle school students, especially those of racial minorities and low socioeconomic status, face a multitude of barriers when striving for academic success. The wide range of possible barriers is what led me to ask the question of how middle school students themselves perceive their own barriers to academic achievement. What do they think is the most influential factor in their academic success? What do they see as a problem in their classrooms and communities? I also sought to explore how these perceptions are affected by self-efficacy and race. This was achieved through a survey administered to a sample of 88...

  5. Exploring the Geographic Distribution of Patients Seen at the Columbus Free Clinic

    Roth, Cory
    Currently, it is estimated that 13.3% of adults and 5.5 percent of children in the United States are uninsured. While there are many factors that contribute to difficulty accessing healthcare, the largest barrier identified by patients is cost. Additionally, low income and uninsured individuals account for a disproportionate amount of healthcare morbidity and mortality in the United States. Community health centers and free clinics can act as a safety net, providing medical care to many individuals who may otherwise have to go to the emergency department or without treatment. This study was conducted at the Columbus Free Clinic (CFC), a...

  6. Eating Behaviors of First Year Students: Transitioning from High School to College

    Magier, Erica
    First year students attending university typically experience several lifestyle changes during their first semester of college. These changes often impact the eating behaviors and autonomy of students. Specifically, as new dining facilities and meal plans were added for Ohio State students, it is important to look at how these changes are impacting the well-being and health of first year students during their transition period. In order to better understand the eating behaviors and patterns of first year students living on campus, two anonymous online surveys were administered. One survey was administered the first four weeks of fall semester 2016 and...

  7. Am I My Child's Keeper? Grandmothers' Relationships with their Children while they Act as Caregivers to their Children

    Swaim, Shannan
    This thesis explores the relationship dynamics between grandmothers who act as kinship caregivers for their grandchildren and the biological parents who have given up or lost custody of these children. As of 2015, there are nearly 2 million grandmother kinship caregivers in the United States (US Census Bureau, 2015). This study implements a narrative approach and a mixed-methods research design, consisting of two surveys followed by an individual interview with current grandmother kinship caregivers (N = 7). The surveys describe the caregivers’ wellbeing and demographics, while the interviews focus on the following topics: general nature of the grandparent-parent relationship, changes...

  8. Suffering in Silence: Examining Society's Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence

    Rielinger, Andrew
    Little is known about male victims of intimate partner violence. The purpose of this project was to explore societal attitudes that these men might encounter. The current project utilized a cross-sectional survey design administered using an anonymous, web-based response system (Qualtrics). Given a set of narrative vignettes describing different examples of relationship violence, participants were asked to determine on a 5-point scale how “appropriate” the character’s behavior was in each of 11 interactions. Half of the vignettes (odd numbers) described a man’s (Michael) actions toward a woman (Denice) and half were framed the opposite (even numbers). Half of the survey...

  9. Caregiver Resilience in Complex, Chronic Care

    Simpson, Katherine
    The purpose of this study is to examine how primary caregivers who provide complex, chronic care develop individual resilience through the exploration of the caregiver experience. As the population in the United States ages, increasing numbers of family members will serve as the primary caregiver for a family member who requires complex, chronic care. This level of care includes the performance of complex medical or nursing tasks, such as administering medication and wound care, often without professional training and oversight. Family caregivers are most often spousal caregivers over the age of 65 years, or adult children with a median age...

  10. Surviving & Thriving: Exploring Resilience After Cancer

    Peirano, Emily
    This study compares cancer survivors who have and have not participated in support groups and/or survivorship activities in terms of locus of control, hope, life satisfaction, and hardiness. The expected number of cancer survivors by 2024 will be about 19 million. It is critical for health care professionals and social workers to gain knowledge about resilience, including the role of participation in support groups and/or survivorship activities. An online survey was used to collect data from 43 men and women, aged 20 to 50, and 2 to 5 years post-cancer treatment. Participants first indicated their involvement in cancer support groups...

  11. Mindfulness and meditation: The effect of a wellness intervention with child focused human service workers

    Sornchai, Jessica
    With stress levels high in the fields of social work and human services, particularly among those that work with children and their families, symptoms and problems that evolve from stress can impact the wellbeing of the worker, the agency, and their clients. Finding methods of self-care to help combat stress can help with the negative consequences. Evidence shows the practice of meditation can positively impact workplace stress. This study tested whether a single, 45-minute instruction in meditation lead to an increase in mindfulness, which then mediated perceived stress. Random assignment placed the 47 participants, recruited from two agencies, in either...

  12. Through Their Eyes: Identity Development in Transracial Adoption

    Fletcher, Morgan
    The number of Black children in the foster care system continues to grow at a disproportionate rate compared to other racial groups. Concurrently, transracial adoptions have grown steadily over the past several decades and make up of forty percent of adoptions in America. The adoption of Black children into White families faces significant vocal opposition, mainly due to the concern of identity development in a transracial family unit. Prior research has focused on the adoptive parents’ perspective and interviews with young adoptees. This study seeks to fill a gap in the literature by interviewing transracially adopted young adults. This study...

  13. Explorations in the Food Systems Inside Residential Settings for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    Touvelle, Christine
    The purpose of this study is to explore multiple aspects of food experiences of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living two different residential settings, intermediate care facilities (ICF) or living in the community and receiving supported living services. For individuals with IDD living in these settings, the evolution of food environments is a complex process. It is shaped by personal preference and acuity level, staff knowledge and values of cooking and human nutrition, and federal and state policies. The research 1) evaluates staff members’ values and education; 2) documents the type and amount of food provided and consumed...

  14. When I Grow Up: A Look at Middle School Girls' Patterns in Choosing a Role Model

    Amann, Audrey
    Role models chosen by young girls influence their success in life. Role models can have an important impact on self-esteem and act as a protective factor against risky behavior. Several studies have explored and explained the importance of role models in young people’s lives, especially during formative years. Understanding role modeling can inform the needed relationships for young girls to have a successful future. When I Grow Up: A Look at Middle School Girls’ Patterns in Choosing a Role Model is a study that explores and describes the role models and relationships chosen by middle school girls. Twenty-two individual interviews...

  15. Perceptions of Marital Identity of a Spouse Living Separate from their Spouse with Dementia

    Hornsby, Rachel
    Couples who want to stay together until their end years often have to keep their bond strong and be prepared to face life’s hardships with each other. Sometimes illness can affect one of the partners, which can cause stress on the relationship. Couples who have one spouse with dementia may face many difficulties within their marriage. Some spouses may not be able to care for their ill spouse adequately and have to place their spouse in residential care. The separation of the spouse can produce many changes within the marriage. There is little research on the bond and identity that...

  16. Exploring the “Other” Mother: Experiences of the Non-biological Mothers of Lesbian Couples Throughout the Pregnancy Process in Central Ohio

    White, Lindsay
    With increasing numbers of lesbian couples getting married, and the availability of alternative methods of conception, lesbian couples are coming in contact more often with healthcare professionals and the healthcare system through the birthing process. Previous research has shown that lesbian couples have had both positive and negative experiences throughout pregnancy. Given that there is conflicting information on the treatment of this population, it is important to see what types of experiences non-biological mothers of lesbian couples in Central Ohio are having. The purpose of this study is to explore how the non-biological mothers of lesbian couples feel like they...

  17. A Neighborhood Study: Recreational Parks and Parent Stress

    Kendrick, Eliese
    Parental stress can impede a parent's ability to care for their children and is associated with many social problems. Neighborhoods may have a profound influence on parenting, but the current literature has focused almostexclusively onnegative aspects of communities and their relation to parenting concerns, such as neighborhood rates of poverty. The current study seeks to investigate a potentialprotective factor within communities, namely access to public parks. Specifically, the research question examined was: does proximity to recreational parks reduce parenting stress? Surveys were administered to 1,326 parents of young children in six Women, Infants and Children clinics and four childcare centers...

  18. Oh The Places You'll Go: Does Student Involvement, Student Perception of Parent Involvment, and High School Academic Achievement Impact the Level of Higher Education Achievement?

    Feiler, Tessa
    According to the U.S. News & World Report (2015), Ohio State University has a four year graduation rate of 58%. This study seeks to investigate the advantages of this 58% over their peers and intends to address the gap of knowledge between the relationship of student high school academic involvement and achievement, student perception of parental involvement, and higher education academic achievement. Research has consistently shown that students who report their parents as displaying academic support have higher academic achievement and report greater intrinsic motivation. High school students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to yield higher grade...

  19. Caring as We Age: Familial Relationships of Adults with Intellectual Development Disabilities

    Kowal, Emily
    The project goal was to investigate intersections between age, intellectual developmental disability (I/DD), and family caregiving. Specific aims were to explore changes that aging brings to the caring relationship, and investigate families’ long term plans and the role the individual with I/DD plays in making life plans. In recent years, individuals with I/DD are living longer and, for the first time in history, many are out-living their primary caregivers. Service delivery systems are not keeping up with this changing demographic and little is known about the caring relationships of individuals aging with I/DD. This is an exploratory study, using qualitative...

  20. The General Public's Perception of Social Work

    Cramer, Leah
    Social workers serve in a variety of difficult roles, which can sometimes lead to confusion about what it is that social workers do, and can also contribute to negative perceptions about the profession. Prior research focusing on public perception of social work has been mostly descriptive, with limited attention on what contributes to the understanding and perception of the profession. This study explores the following research questions: (1) How do people get information about social workers? (2) Do the sources of information contribute to an individual’s understanding and perception of the profession? and (3) What demographic characteristics are associated with...

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