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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Community Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Jacoby, Erica
    As rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continue to rise, we will see an influx of adults with ASD who are looking for housing, jobs, and access to recreational activities. Currently, we know little about how adults on the spectrum will be received by other community members when encountered in these types of community settings. Most importantly, we do not know what types of experiences lead to a more positive public attitude. The data was collected using a cross-sectional design through an in-person survey. The survey gathered information on demographics, personal experience with people with ASD, knowledge about ASD, and...

  13. The Blossoming Families Study: How Families with Multiples Cope

    Mooney, Alison
    The rates of twin and high order multiple (HOM) pregnancies, pregnancies of triplets or more, have increased substantially over the past few decades due to older maternal age and the use of fertility treatments. Families who have multiples often experience hardships including: trouble conceiving, pregnancy complications, poor birth outcomes for mother and babies, exorbitant medical costs, numerous expenses for raising the children, physical and emotional strain on the family, and lack of assistance. The areas in which these families are thriving and those where they need more support remains unknown. This study examines the support system of families with multiples;...

  14. An Investigation of the Operations of Children’s Homes in Ghana

    Bonacci, Hannah
    In recent decades, Ghana has experienced an orphan crisis, facing increased numbers of youth in children’s homes and residential living. To achieve family reunification for Ghanaian youth, the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) created initiatives in 2010 to investigate and de-emphasize the reliance on children’s homes. Aside from the DSW’s investigations, minimal academic research exists to discuss the operations of Ghana’s children’s homes. Thus, the purpose of this research was to investigate the operations and needs of children’s homes in Ghana. Using a qualitative approach, data were gathered through interviews conducted with staff members of four children’s homes throughout Ghana...

  15. Social Network and Social Support at a Clubhouse Program

    Spence, Brian
    Recovery is an increasingly important concept in severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). In the context of SPMI, Clubhouses are self-help programs that foster recovery-oriented attitudes of their members. To date, there is no study describing the manner in which Clubhouses do this. Two possible mechanisms include member affiliation to the Clubhouse and a willingness of members to offer emotional social support to other members. In this exploratory study, researchers tested these mechanisms by administering a pencil-and-paper social network survey, a Clubhouse affiliation scale, and the Maryland Assessment of Recovery in People with Severe Mental Illness (MARS) to Clubhouse members (n=46). Preliminary results indicated that member affiliation with...

  16. The Effectiveness of Internet Support Groups in the Management of Anxiety

    Deis, Emily
    Anxiety disorders are among the most common of mental illnesses, affecting 18% of the US population in a given year, yet only about one-third of those afflicted with such disorders will seek professional help. For those that choose to avoid formal mental health services, the internet may prove to be a valuable alternative resource. Along with using the internet to find information regarding mental health, individuals are increasingly utilizing online mental health services such as online counseling and internet support groups (ISGs). Research on the efficacy of online counseling for the treatment of anxiety disorders has been promising, but similar...

  17. Perceived Quality of Life of Single Mothers Living in Affordable Housing in Columbus, OH

    Carbonari, Nicole
    Quality of life (QOL) frameworks have been used in various human service fields to help facilitate development of policies and programs with goals to improve lives of individuals and communities. However, only few studies have used, the QOL indicators to evaluate the, low-income single mothers in affordable housing who have considerable challenges negotiating their work life and family life. Existing studies indicate that the QOL of single mothers varies based on personal characteristics like their age, income, education level, and employment status. Other factors such as length of time spent in public housing, apartment condition, and neighborhood characteristics are also...

  18. Latino Immigrants, Acculturation, and Local Food Systems: Examination of Food Habits and Community Connections

    Bergen, Molly
    First generation Latino immigrants in the United States often live in highly segregated and low socioeconomic status neighborhoods. While subsequent Latino generations who are born in the U.S. are likely to live in less segregated areas and achieve some higher standards of social mobility, Latino immigrants themselves can face acculturation and integration challenges and stressors. Latino immigrants may have more successful acculturation through the establishment of integration strategies designed to foster social capital and improve community connections. Participation in local food systems (LFS) may serve as one strategy that promotes integration, builds social capital, enhances community engagement and support, and...

  19. Exploring Students' Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards Hate Speech at the Ohio State University

    Riendeau, Anna
    In the past few years there has been an increase in hate speech incidents on the Ohio State University's main campus itself as well as in the media surrounding the university from racist vandalism on the black cultural center to xenophobic comments tweeted online by students and blasted on a haters tumblr. What is more, because Ohio State is such a diverse university and has locations across the world including India and China all recruiting international students, it is imperative that hate speech be investigated further. Even though some research on hate speech has been conducted, little of it takes...

  20. Conceptualization of Gender Nonconformity Among Mental Health Professionals

    Cochran, Julie
    Individuals who are gender nonconforming often experience discrimination, violence, and limited social support. American culture conceptualizes gender in such a way that it makes it almost impossible for gender nonconforming individuals to express themselves freely without running into problems from the outside environment. Social support is imperative to individuals' ability to be resilient in their environments, and mental health professionals often help individuals achieve higher levels of social support. Hence, it is imperative for mental health professionals to understand the experiences of gender nonconforming individuals in such a way that ensures they will not possess transphobic beliefs, stereotypes, and biases....

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