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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Violence-Psychological aspects, Children and violence, Youth and violence, Resilience (Personality trait) in children, Resilience (Personality trait) in adolescence, Social work with children, Social work with youth, Child psychotherapy, Adolescent psychotherapy, Behavioral assessment of children, Behavioral assessment of teenagers, Community violence, Social worker


This mixed methods, primarily qualitative study examined social workers' perceptions about community violence and resilience. Additionally, this research examined how perceptions influence the assessment and treatment that social workers provide their clients. The study included 25 participants who responded to an online survey, which included questions addressing participants' demographics, as well as their conceptualization of resilience, community violence, and how they practice. Most of the participants were female (24 of 25) and 1 was male. The majority of participants were from the Boston area or the San Francisco/Oakland area. The participants worked in a range of settings, including schools, hospitals, and community based agencies. This study addressed the following research question: Is there a gap between research and practice in regards to perceptions of resilience for children exposed to community violence?




iii, 61 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 52-54)