2007 - present

Smith College offers graduate work leading to the degrees of master of arts, master of arts in teaching, master of fine arts, master of education, master of education of the deaf, master of science in exercise and sport studies and master of Social Work. Each student is required to archive his or her thesis in Smith ScholarWorks for access and preservation.

Please note that access to some theses is restricted for a period of time as requested by the author. For example, a thesis may be submitted in May 2015, but not open access until May 2020.

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Masters Theses from 2008

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Vietnam combat veterans : readjustment through the lenses of identity and social drama, Michael S. Slevin

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Abstracts of master's theses 1967-2006, Smith College. School for Social Work

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Abstracts of theses 1920-1966, Smith College. School for Social Work

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Born of our fathers : patrilineal descent, Jewish identity, and the development of self, Elizabeth A. Sosland

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Swimming upstream : navigating the complexities of erotic transference, Stacey A. Spilly

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Adult support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth in high school, Amanda Louise Starfield

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How do clinical social workers stay enthusiastic about their work?, Kimberly Stasny

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Self psychology at work in trauma therapy, Heidi Griffin Street

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Shades of gray : lesbian therapists explore the complexities of self-disclosure to heterosexual clients, Molly Caitlin Thomas

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Perspectives on severe, adult child molesters : a look at their adult attachment styles, use of pornograhjy, and chaoes in families-of-origin, Jennifer Lynne Trebby

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Effect of religiosity on the selection of life long mate in Pentecostal adult church attendees, Sanya Kalle Unis

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The Smith College School for Social Work anti-racism commitment : a chronology and reflections on the years 1993-1998, Joanna Garcia Vaughn

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Bread and roses : clinical social work with clients living in poverty, Katherine Jane Waggoner

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Physician assisted suicide : a survey of North Caroline end of life care workers, Ollie Dooling Walker

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The impostor phenomenon : an exploratory study of the socializing factors that contribute to feelings of fraudulence among high achieving, diverse female undergraduates, Sara E. Wiener

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Exploring internalized racism : a critical review of the literature and implications for clinical social work, Keshia Unika Williams

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"If I told you what was going to happen, you wouldn't do it" : the breast cancer survivor's experience of chemotherapy, Amy Tindall Willson

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The relationship between job satisfaction and program traits for wilderness therapists employed at outdoor behaviorial healthcare treatment programs, Lisa Winn

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Dissonance, development and doing the right thing : a theoretical exploration of altruistic action as an adaptive intervention, Christopher L. Woodman

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Clinician gender as a factor of countertransference in the treatment of clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Alyssa Jayne Wyman

Masters Theses from 2007

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Let's talk about sex : sexual education and adolescent sexual behavior, Stephanie Grace Agnew

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How white non-Latino/a therapists perceive and address racial and cultural differences when working with Latino/a clients, Lisa C. Amato

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Restorative justice : including victims, offenders and communities in criminal justice dialogue, Jessica C. Ames

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"I'm not afraid of storms for I'm learning to sail my ship", Claire Marie Arbour

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Latina mothers : an exploratory study on their attachment with their children, Patricia Becerra

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Sticks and stones : the impact of negative in-group interactions on African American racial identity, Donna Christine. Bell

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A homicide in the family : the dual perspective of mothers' experience parenting and use of community resources and community providers' report on services utilized by mothers and their children, Leah Elizabeth Berkowitz

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Women's perceptions of different power dynamics in their sexual encounters with both women and men, Genna Blaine Brodsky

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Christianity, familial acceptance, and current spirituality among LGB individuals : blessed be the tie that binds?, Megan Elaine Browning

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Breast cancer survivors' views of how support groups and activism have affected their healing process, Elizabeth M. Burnworth

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Factors affecting help-seeking behaviors for mental health services among Filipino Americans, Melissa Dimalanta Camorongan

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Understanding the issues of HIV/AIDS and adolescents through the concerns, perceptions, and recommendations of adult service providers to the teen population of Rhode Island, Oriana Mae. Campanelli

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Suicide postvention : how can we improve existing models?, Seana Carmean

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Substance use and related criminality among male juvenile sexual and nonsexual offenders : an investigation of the patterns and prevalence, Deborah Ann Caserta

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Predictors and prevention strategies for homelessness among women veterans, Angela Sue Casper

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Primary caregiving fathers : I was an interloper in a woman's world, Meghan L. Cavanaugh

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"They keep moving me" : an examination of the effects of multiple placements on foster youth utilizing the theories of attachment and resilience, Meleah M. Chamberlain

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Are we dating? : an exploratory study of nonsexual, passionate friendships between women, Linda Christine Chupkowski

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Putting the body back in social work : how social workers experience and differ in levels of personal body awareness, Lauren Nancarrow Clarke

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The dilemmas and challenges of teenage motherhood : exploring the barriers in the discovery of the self, Rebecca Colvin

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Manifestation of grief and loss in crisis-oriented psychotherapy : graduate preparation and lessons learned, Francis M. Cwiertniewicz

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Three independent investigations on disclosure of childhood sexual abuse and psychological functioning, family and community violence, and trauma and non-sexual crime, Hillary Blythe Despres

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Exploring spirituality/religion related interventions used by mental health workers in psychotherapy and counseling, Deanna Wilcoxson Dodd

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Social capital in contemporary society : decline or change, Eleonor Domenichini

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Oh God where art thou? : Does a relationship to the divine help women from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds make meaning in the aftermath of intimate partner violence? : implications for clinical social work, Lori Lucia. Donley

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Meaning making after homicide : an exploratory study of experiences of people of color, Anna Sergeyevna Eliseeva

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Progressive care : an examination of male to female transgender sex workers' experiences within the health care and social service systems in San Francisco, California, Laura Maria Escobar

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Psychotherapists with psychiatric challenges : an exploratory study of their transference, supports, and their professional identity development, Lisa Laurene Favorite

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Bi the way : a quantitative, exploratory study of social workers' attitudes regarding bisexuality, Tova Emma Feldmanstern

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Language and the making of meaning for individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Kathleen Anne Freeman

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Role model development in young African American males : toward a conceptual model, Christian Edward Gale

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Cutting and self psychology : an exploratory analysis, Andrea Lynne Galeucia

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An exploratory study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans of recent U.S. conflicts, Kimberly J. Garland

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How has legal marriage affected the experience of social supports for same-sex individuals who were married in Massachusetts, Dawn N. Geller

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Transparency of purpose and methods in a grass-roots agency :a program evaluation of the Unitas Therapeutic Community Inc., John Gill

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Art and the clinical social worker, Lucy Goldstein

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Nonresidential fathers' perceptions of the influence of their acrimonious divorces on their relationships with their children, Rachel Hava Green

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Sometimes love ain't enough : a study of the perceived relationship barriers as reported by 12 heterosexual African American women and men, Stephanie Harris

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Uncovering oppression within the anti-rape movement : the role of race in the reporting experiences of adult Black female rape survivors, Amy Rebecca Hochberg

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Couples' decision-making processes : first-time parenthood in dual-career partnerships, Amelia Fern Hube

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The efficacy of narrative therapy approaches with self-injurious clients, Erica H. Johnson

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Using the principles of existential psychotherapeutic theory to enrich understanding of eating disorder etiology, Sabrina Johnston

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Space exploration : mapping students' perception of the Smith College campus, Stephanie Alexandra Keep

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How non-disabled children respond to a sibling with disability? : the challenges they may or may not haved faced, Dawn Leona. King

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Are we attracted to romantic partners who tend to resemble our caregivers?, Rebecca Kohrman Kohrman

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Nature and quality of care : two measures partially addressing impediments to adequate childcare for vulnerable children, Chad Wayne. Kordt-Thomas

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A nation divided : an exploration of national identity and immigration through analysis of naturalized Mexican and non-Hispanic white citizen's attitudes toward undocumented immigration in the United States, Mekhala Miriam. Koshy

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Confronting race and racism : social identity in African American gay men, Benjamin A. Kudler

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Risk and protective factors associated with juvenile delinquency and juvenile sexual offending behavior : the role of ethnic identity, exposure to violence, and parenting practices and attachment, Elsa G. Lage

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Eastern European adoption : a theoretical study of attachment disorder through a self psychology lens, Andrea Leadbetter Larkin

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The undercover wounded healer : the role of personal therapy in being a clinical social worker, Leanne Marie. Lemire

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The relationship between complementary medicine and quality of life among women with breast cancer, Nicole Diane. Lombardo

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Combat-related trauma : an historical analysis through a biopsychosocial lens, Jamie Lynn Loveland

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The integration of exercise as an adjunct treatment for depression by clinical social workers in Massachusetts : a study designed to expand the practice of area social workers, Thomas Lawrence Lusignan

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An exploration of the relationship between personal ideal(s) of female beauty, self perception(s) of female beauty, and self esteem in women, Megan S. Lynch

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A question of culture for overweight individuals, Heather A. MacDonald

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The experience of voluntarily childless women in contemporary New England, Sharon Marie Manning-Kelly

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Live today : transition from patient to long-term cancer survivor, Lynn Ann. Mazur

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Undocumented Latino immigrants' opinions on seeking counseling from non-Latino clinicians and their views of what would constitute culturally competent services, Maria Angelica. McCoy

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The space between : transracial adoptee's racial identity and the role parents play in identity development, Kristen Denise McCully

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From the perspectives of both : the impact of the therapist's job on the relationship between therapists and their partners, Linda S. McGinnis

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Transcending culture : the universality of grief, Kelly Diane Meade

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Source of connection, strength and identity : an exploration of how a belief in the divine as feminine affects women's internal and external relationships, Stephanie Amanda. Melmed

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And they lived happily ever after : the effects of cultural myths and romantic idealizations on committed relationships, Jordana Lauren Metz

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Do personality and other individual differences affect the development of post traumatic stress symptoms in male police officers?, Megan Kane. Myers

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Pregnant queer clinicians : an exploratory study of the countertransference experiences of queer clinicians during their first pregnancies, Rhyannon Leah. O'Heron

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Beyond sibling rivalry : an exploratory study of social work assessment of school-age sibling abuse, Hillary Faye. Parks

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Dealing with migration loss : the resilience of Latinas and their coping strategies, Aurora Perales

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Nowhere to nap : how service providers and homeless adult males view the influence criminalizing survival activities has on support service use, an exploratory study, Brion Inness. Phipps

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From consciousness to action : are there common identifiable life experiences among people who actively organize against oppression, Nikita Pion-Klockner

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El ser a través de las fronteras y el tiempo: the experience of Mexican immigrant women and their sense of self, Nidia A. Ponce

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The revaluation of pathology : narrative, Nietzsche and the emergence of the storied body :, Jenessa Margaret Radocchio

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Parental childhood sexual abuse : trauma-specific effects on therapists, Rebecca Elizabeth Randall

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Finding common ground amidst difference : discussions and perceptions of race and ethnicity in interracial and interethnic friendships, Melissa. Rocklen

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Mythesis.com : the irony of technology : an object relational approach to understanding the interplay of identity construction and the emergence of the "true self" through the privilege of anonymity on the Internet, Katherine Suzanne Sapp

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Drawing the line : an exploration of Otto Kernberg and Marsha Linehan's understanding of borderline personality disorder, Lili. Schwan-Rosenwald

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To kill or to be killed? : an examination of influential factors within African American communities resulting in the rise of youth violence, Telea. Shepard Stovall

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Fibromyalgia : a legacy of chronic pain, Lisa Pauline. Smith

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Righteous passage : youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties making the transition to adulthood, Robin Anne. Smith

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Negotiating the self : an exploratory study on the gender identity formation of second-generation Asian Indian American women, Sonal H. Soni