Social Work, 2011
  • Social Work, 2011



    The Poetry of Hope
    Addison Bare
    Faculty Mentors: Sharon Stout-Shaffer, Deborah Shields, Andrea M. Karkowski, Janette McDonald, Dina Lentsner, Renda Ross

    Hope is the belief that this lived moment is not the last. The purpose of my project is to succinctly illustrate the beauty of the relationship between hope and hopelessness. My project was developed by intertwining my view of hope with those of others to form a poem. The poem reveals the necessity of one emotion to the other, as good cannot exist without evil; hope cannot exist without hopelessness. My profession, law, may have a firm basis in reason and appear to leave no room for the whimsy of hope, but my project reveals that without hope there is no ability to live let alone practice law.



    The Agelessness of Hope
    Samantha Battles
    Faculty Mentor: Renda Ross

    Hope is important to people in many different ways. According to Baumann (2004) "Each person's understanding of hope arises within a time and place; with specific nature, language, culture and history." The purpose of this project is to define hope within a variety of age groups. The project is a video of different people of differing ages and shows what they define as hope. I expect to find multiple definitions and a clearer understanding of the word hope and to learn how hope is used and interpreted in today's society.



    Most Effective Treatments Following Sexual Assault
    Jessica Board
    Faculty Mentor: Steven Drewry

    The purpose of this research is to determine the most effective treatments following sexual assault. It is hypothesized that clients who receive cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, stress inoculation therapy or cognitive processing therapy report less posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms a brief, open-ended survey is sent to several clinicians who treat survivors of sexual assault, inquiring of their treatment practices, particularly as it relates to decreasing posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Women are the population being studied because women comprise the majority of survivors of sexual assault. In determining the most effective treatment modalities, mental health professionals can more effectively treat survivors of sexual assault.



    Prem Dan, Mother Teresa's Home for Destitute and Dying
    Courtney Crowder
    Faculty Mentors: Pam Ellwanger-Schmitt, David Belcastro

    I went to India for a three week service-learning trip. While there, I experienced the culture of India as I volunteered at Prem Dan, Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute and dying. I spent eight mornings at Prem Dan allowing me the opportunity to have a life changing experience and to participate in a third world social service. I use a case study design to explore my experiences as I share my understanding of dying; specifically, I analyze this process within a context of a third world country before and after my experience as a volunteer at Prem Dan.



    Barriers to Healthy Living in Low Income Neighborhoods: Study on Franklinton "The Bottoms" of Columbus, Ohio
    Jessica Davis
    Faculty Mentors: Pamela Ellwanger-Schmidt, Mardi Ciriaco

    The purpose of my study is to investigate the barriers to healthy lifestyles in low income communities. Common observations and the literature show us that lower income neighborhoods do not have the necessary resources and education to implement a culture of healthy, holistic lifestyle. I investigate the accessibility of healthy options within the low-income neighborhood of Franklinton, a community located in the west side of Columbus. I conduct a survey that targets a sample of clients associated with Gladden Community House youth, family and community services. Surveys indicate the lack of resources, education and access to healthy eating and exercise. Discussion includes the potential effect on the ability to take control of one’s emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Social workers in Franklinton and other low-income areas should consider the needs of these clients and find ways to increase resources within the community. My research provides the necessary information for writing a grant to target health education for Gladdens’ youth and family services.



    Experience at Orphanage Outreach in Dominican Republic
    Jessica Evans, Hillary Evans
    Faculty Mentor: Pamela Ellwanger-Schmidt

    This project is introduced by presenting a brief literature review on volunteering with children in the Dominican Republic. A case study design was used to explore a student volunteer opportunity during Capital University’s 1-week alternative spring break trip where two Social Work students taught English to children who resided in an orphanage. We assess the effectiveness of volunteerism for these children. Outcome data is reviewed through summarizing the observations of faculty, regional teachers, and the authors. Consistent with the social work literature we expect to find that the children are most responsive to the volunteers after an initial trust level is established. Limitations such as having only one week to volunteer are discussed. The greater emphasis is on the positive impact of alternative spring break travel being spent providing service.



    Experiencing Hope through the Expression of Dance
    Amber Gibson
    Faculty Mentors: Sharon Stout-Shaffer, Deborah Shields, Dina Lentsner, Andrea M. Karkowski, Janette McDonald, Renda Ross

    Hope can be achieved in many ways. This project provides an understanding of how hope can be gained through the art of dance. The purpose of this research was to describe how the experience of dancing influences the expression of hope. The investigator choreographed a developmentally appropriate dance targeted to help adolescent students express emotions about a situation that occurs frequently in junior high school, specifically bullying. The dancers were taught the choreography and asked to dance. Immediately following the dancing, students were interviewed and asked to describe what they learned about hope from the movement. The results showed that adolescents were able to express feelings and gain a better understanding of hope through dancing. This research suggests that dance could help children express hope in difficult situations.



    Midwifery Model of Care for Childbirth in a Hospital Setting
    Kathryn Harper
    Faculty Mentor: Saleem M. Saleem

    Current practices for labor and delivery are provided within the framework of the medical model, which consists of disease identification, physician-directed treatment, and patient compliance. The midwifery model is one where childbirth is seen as a natural biological process and the locus of control is on the laboring woman rather than the physician, and the professionals are seen as attending and assisting an active, participating “patient”, rather than a passive recipient of medical intervention. There is resistance within the medical community to adopt midwifery model. In 2005, The United States ranked 30th in infant mortality. Midwifery services are common in the 29 countries that have better birth outcomes than the United States. Midwifery, is credited with improving mother and infant bonding, with higher rates of breastfeeding, and with fewer maternal and infant deaths. This study suggests a collaboration of medical obstetric services and midwifery, both based in the hospital setting. A dual offering of birth practices provides more choices to expectant women including a more positive outlook for new mothers and a more complete and early attachment to infants and their care. The midwifery model of care for childbirth can be incorporated into the hospital based service delivery system.



    Life Skills Curriculum Development
    Samantha Hudson
    Faculty Mentor: Pamela Ellwanger-Schmidt

    Life skills are essential to promote mental wellbeing and competence in young people as they face the realities of life. Life skills empower young people to take positive action in protecting themselves and maintaining their health while creating positive social relationships. Adolescents use these abilities to become more responsible and prepared for adult life. The focus of this research was to gather information on the necessity of a life skills component for adolescents and use a successful curriculum to begin a life skill group for male adolescents within residential treatment. Information regarding foundational research and components necessary for effective curriculum was gathered from academic research, published articles, case studies, and experience. This study revealed that there are few curricula available that outline an interactive life skills group and that there are limited resources to create one. As a result, this research leads to the creation of a new, comprehensive life skills group curriculum for adolescent males. This curriculum will continue to be adjusted and strengthened to provide the best assistance for adolescents in the future.



    Music: An Inspiration for Hope
    Jennifer Kepler
    Faculty Mentors: Deborah Shields, Sharon Stout-Shaffer, Renda Ross, Janette McDonald, Andrea M. Karkowski

    Hope is emotion embedded deep within our hearts that is necessary for survival. In times we experience failure, we endure a loss of hope. Many people around the world turn to music to gain the inspiration needed to find hope. I interviewed a variety of people to determine how beneficial music has been in their life, and how music helped to instill hope within them. I found no difference in age, language, or culture. Music is a universal expression of hope. I believe hope carries us through life, and music helps to heal us in times of despair. My prayer is for you to be able to find hope in your life, and when you are searching for inspiration, I hope you may find peace in music.



    Gender Inequality and Violence against Women in India
    Megan Neubauer
    Faculty Mentor: Pamela Ellwanger-Schmidt

    Although approximately half of the world’s population is comprised of females, in most areas of the world women do not account for half of the power distribution nor do they control half of the resources. Consequently, there are high rates of poverty among women, as well as violence against women in the world. This project focuses attention on India. Through both analytical review of data and experiential observation, I researched the prevalence, severity, consequences, and possible solutions for gender discrimination and violence against women in India. I came to the conclusion that gender inequalities do not just affect individual women. These inequalities have an impact on their children, their families, and Indian society. This issue can be addressed in many different ways such as education, stricter law enforcement, and more social service organizations available to supporting Indian women. Discussion will include macro- and micro-level effects.



    Expressions of Hope
    Emily Porter
    Faculty Mentors: Andrea M. Karkowski, Renda Ross

    Hope is expressed in a variety of ways, depending on the individual and the person’s definition of Hope. This project focused on the expression of hope in today’s culture. The purpose of this project was to set the scope for what hope is and how it is and is not expressed. Interviews were conducted with individuals ranging in age, ethnicity and culture. These individuals were asked to define hope and then express it however they choose. The interviews were recorded. I expected to find that while there are many definitions of hope, the definitions are similar. I expected to find that the way hope is expressed varies, but is influenced by culture or ethnicity. This study contributes to the growing field of the study of hope.