Social Dissertation


Students are encouraged to begin thinking about specific areas for scholarly inquiry early in their course of study and to discuss these interests with full time faculty members who have similar interest and expertise. The educational experiences are planned to facilitate the development of skills of intensive investigation and the application of research techniques to clinical phenomenon, process and/or services. 

A dissertation proposal chairperson may be selected as early as the second semester of study. The selection of the Chairperson is normally a matter of mutual agreement between the student and the faculty member involved.  Once the full dissertation committee is agreed upon by Chairperson, student, and the doctoral director, a form available on the Graduate School website on committee selection, should be completed and submitted for the appropriate signatures within the SSW and the Graduate School.  Copies should be placed in the student’s official file within the SSW and the Graduate School.  

The development of the dissertation proposal is a continuous process of focus, modification, and refinement until the proposal is developed to the satisfaction of the student and the Chairperson as advisor. The advisor may help the student explore an appropriate topic and develop a proposal, and/or assist the student in utilizing other faculty members in the development of proposal. Students are encouraged to confer with faculty during every phase of the process.

Proposal Committee

The proposal committee is composed of three faculty members: the Chairperson and two others. Two of the committee members must be on the regular faculty or Emeriti faculty of  Loyola University Chicago. The Chairperson must be on the full-time faculty or Emeriti faculty of the School of Social Work and must have a doctoral degree. The students may request that the third member be appointed from outside the School (from another university department, or from another university). Request for a committee member from outside the School will be evaluated by the Director of the Doctoral Program. Students will have access to consultation from all proposal committee members in the proposal development process. Students may also avail themselves of other consultants with special knowledge or expertise relative to the proposal. The Dissertation Committee must be formally appointed prior to scheduling a Proposal Hearing. 

It will be the responsibility of the student’s Proposal Chairperson, in concert with the student, to determine when a proposal is sufficiently developed for formal review by the committee. The formal Proposal Hearing will involve the committee and student and may be attended by other special consultants as desired by the student and/or Proposal Chairperson. Only three committee members may vote (See Dissertation Proposal Form on the Graduate School website). Three actions are possible: approval, disapproval, or conditional approval based on the decision and recommendations of the committee. The Committee also shall decide whether a second formal hearing is needed.  If conditional approval is given, the student must re-submit the modified proposal in writing to the committee for final approval.   

Function of the Proposal

The preparation of a dissertation proposal is one of the most important aspects of a successful doctoral education experience. It sets the direction and tone for a major research effort and brings together the creative thoughts of the student and advice of the student’s proposal committee. In essence the proposal is a living document – one which evolves, changes and matures through the research, knowledge, development and committee deliberations with the student.  

Part of the objective which a proposal development process enables is the refinement, clarity of focus, scope and feasibility of the eventual dissertation effort. The student must make appropriate use of faculty advisement by regular consultation with his/her Chairperson as advisor and faculty members who become part of the committee. A balanced perspective regarding the research plan should emerge prior to the formal Proposal Hearing.  

Approval of the dissertation proposal implies the consensus has been reached between the committee members and the student concerning the direction, scope and structure of the planned study. In conducting the dissertation effort, new factors invariably unfold which potentially might alter components of the planned dissertation after the proposal has been approved and which must be reviewed and approved by the committee in a systematic process established by the committee chair. Formal notification of an approved proposal and change process shall be done in writing followed the Proposal Hearing.  

It is critical for the student to recognize that no work can be begun on the proposal, even though it has been approved by the Proposal Committee, until it has received the approval of Loyola University’s Institutional review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects. Approval must also be obtained from any other board or committee for oversight of research on human subjects that may apply to the organizations relevant to the particular study. Copies of all completed forms must be on file in the student’s record. (See the Loyola University Institutional Review Board Policies and Forms on the Loyola website)  

General Dissertation Criteria

The following criteria will be applied by members of the Dissertation Proposal Committee in determining acceptability of the document and in granting final approval:

1. Proposals must have as their ultimate objective a contribution to the knowledge of the practice of social work. This objective may be in the advancement of relevant theory, the improvement of practice, the process out outcomes, or synthesis of existing knowledge. 

2. The formulated research question must be based on informed and extensive knowledge of theory and prior empirical study in the specific area of pursuit.  

3. Clear concepts and well articulated research questions must be formulated. 

4. Client systems, other social systems, and social service delivery systems are acceptable foci for subject matter within the context of practice related problems, situations, interactions, processes, and outcomes. 

5. Replication of other studies is acceptable provided theory is advanced by way of its application to practice. This implies thinking though of alternative explanations of prior findings, the formulation of questions and hypotheses which reflect this thinking and the development of designs which take into account the gaps and/or limitations of prior work.   

6. Proposals must include an acceptable plan and methodology of inquiry. No single research methodology is favored or prohibited. The proposed study may be exploratory, experimental or historic in nature. Appropriate guidelines for the collection of data and data analysis must be stated.  

7. Sample size must be appropriate to the nature of the study, the questions asked and methods to be used. Intensive case study (individual, group or family) and single subject approached may be acceptable. However, replication over series of cases may improve the potential for committee approval as a dissertation topic and would provide opportunity for comparative analysis.  

8. When agency accessibility and cooperation is essential to the study, a plan based on preliminary negotiations when attention to feasibility must be presented. 

9. Proposals must accord with the policies and procedures of all relevant review boards for the Protection of Human Subjects.

Components of a Proposal 

The more thought and thoroughness which the student invests in the proposal, the greater will be the likelihood of a successful dissertation project. A well-presented proposal also should contribute to the formulation of the final product, since rationale, literature, question formulation, methodology and plan of an analysis all are essential ingredients of the document.  

The proposal process also established the style of the working relationship between the student and his/her committee. Implicit in this agreement is the commitment of the committee to guide the student and the commitment of the student to following the negotiated protocols on the conducting the dissertation. It is desirable that each of these components be as clear as possible by the time the dissertation proposal is approved. 

The following elements are essential ingredients of the written proposal and thus may serve as general guidelines to the student: 

A. Statement of the Study Issue

Indicate a tentative title for the project and try to state the central focus of the study in as few words as possible. Then clarify and elaborate the issue so that the reader can grasp the subject of the proposed inquiry. This section should include the core statement of the research question or hypothesis.  

B. Rationale

Indicate the basis for your choice of the study issue and discuss its promise for contributing to knowledge likely to be useful to the profession. Specification must be made concerning the significance of this study to clinical social work practice.  

C. Prior Related Work in the Profession

All good research and scholarship starts with a thorough examination of the literature. Attention should be directed to both theoretical material related to the topic as well as to investigations bearing on it. Rather than cataloging the work of others, present your analysis of it. Make clear its scope and limitations for illuminating the issue of concern. This section should specify why this choice of study is pertinent; i.e., the theoretical basis for this study.  

D. Method

This section should include a description of the general plan of the study. The form of the project and the basis for its choice should be stated. For projects emphasizing collection of empirical data, the plan should identify the data source, sampling techniques, and the size of the sample envisioned. The method by which the student expects to secure and analyze the data and the procedure he/she expects to follow in the research should be outlined. For projects not emphasizing the collection of original data, and outline of the proposed course of work should be sampling plan (e.g. are standardized measures to be used or new data collection instruments developed); and what form(s) if analysis will be applied. If human subjects are involved, plans for approval by the Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects must be developed following university guidelines. 

F. Feasibility

It is important to determine whether the student resources needed for the pursuit of a particular dissertation project is readily accessible. The student must be able to point toward possible impediments in the dissertation plan and have alternatives strategies in mind. The student should have adequate faculty support available for consultation and review. In same instances, pilot studies may be advisable in order to refine instruments, test accessibility to give client populations, refine study questions or experiment with analytical procedures. Approval of proposal will depend in part on feasibility. It is recognized that it may not be possible at the time of the hearing to clarify every part of the plan in full. It is useful however, to attempt to specify as much as possible the plan in its entirety on order to identify the aspects of the plan which cannot be specified, the statement of design should indicate the procedure by which clarity about these matters may be achieved.  

Format of Proposal  

The written format of the proposal must conform to the norms of acceptability in scholarly publications. {Recommended: Kate L. Turabian. A Manual for Writers of Dissertation. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press}. Proposal outlines are found in most research texts. They should be used as guidelines in proposal writing since these organizational formats will not apply to all studies.  

The use of a computer for word processing of dissertation material is required. Students may wish to utilize their personal equipment for this purpose but  also have access to Loyola University Chicago’s resources. 

Completed copies of the proposal must be made available to the Proposal Committee members and participating special consultants at least 10 days prior to the date of the formal proposal hearing. 

Implementation and Completion of Dissertation

The student and his/her Dissertation Committee Chairperson are expected to maintain contact with each other throughout the implementation and completion of the dissertation. While the extent of communication is partially based on the mutual decisions of the individuals involved, decisions relative to the alteration and/or fine tuning of aspects of the research proposal must have the approval of the Chairperson and the committee members. It is therefore, in the student’s best interest to be certain that the Chairperson is fully informed of the developments in the progress of the project and agrees with any of the decisions made regarding the shape of the research.  Ordinarily, at any Proposal Hearing the Committee members agree as to how they will proceed to work with the student and at what point each wishes to be informed. The student should rely on the advice of the chairperson in matters pertaining to the specific involvement of the committee members.  

It is the responsibility of the student to schedule and maintain appointments and the responsibility of the Chairperson to be reasonably accessible and flexible in time commitments. Since it is assumed the Dissertation Committee members are selected on the basis of the substantive contributions they can make, the student should utilize the expertise of the committee members when appropriate.

It is the right of the student to be informed of the expectations of the Dissertation Committee and the evaluation of any work to date. Any student who believes there to be difficulty in communication with his/her Dissertation Committee may petition the Director of the Doctoral Program to call a formal meeting of the Dissertation Committee. Should circumstances necessitate a change in the membership of the Dissertation Committee, the Director of the Doctoral Program will consult with the Chairperson and the student before making any necessary changes.

Dissertation Hearing

It is expected that the Student will work closely with the Chairperson in drafting the report of the completed research. In order to receive acceptance of the final dissertation report, the student must have the approval of the Chairperson and at least one of the other two committee members. The student should work with the Chairperson regarding the manner in which the drafts are shared with the other committee members. 

When the Chairperson is satisfied that a report is reaching a stage at which approval from the Committee is likely, the Chairperson will request the Director of the Doctoral Program to schedule a Dissertation Hearing which will be open to the public and advertised to the students and faculty and the School of Social Work. Following the student’s presentation of an overview of the research project, the committee members will seek any clarification or further information they may require. The audience may also be allowed to ask questions or make comments on the research. The Committee will then take a vote. The Dissertation draft may be rejected, approved in full, or approved upon conditions of satisfactory revisions.  

Dissertations Filing

After the Dissertation Committee has given final approval to the Dissertation, the student must work with the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School to bring the manuscript form into conformance with official specifications and to submit all appropriate abstracts and forms. Students should be aware that they will not be allowed to graduate unless the Assistant Dean is satisfied that they have met all the requirements related to the submissions of the final document.  Again, all instructions related to the number of copies, format, etc. are available on the Graduate School website.

Use the links below to navigate down the page to view dissertation titles by year. Dissertations since 2009 are accessible online through the Smith College Libraries - DSpace archive.








Laura Berenson

Minding The Gate: Challenges, reflections And Recommendations Of Field Liaisons On Their Gatekeeping Roles.

Kara A. Cavel

What Are The Merits Of Addressing Psychological Maltreatment?: Exploring The perspectives Of Initial Assessment Workers And Detectives.

Jean Dewey, L.M.S.W.

Living In The Shadows: The Psychological Impact Of Parental Deportation of Hispanic Children.

Maria del Mar Farina de Parada

Immigration Reform: Impact Of Sociopolitical Context On The Ethnic Identification, Acculturation And Sense Of National Belongings Of American Born Hispanic Youth.

Steven Hoffler

Examining Social Work Students’ Interest And Motivations For Working In Child Welfare: Implications For Human Caring.

Kamilah Aminah Jones

The Influence Of Interpersonal Needs On Suicidal Ideation Among Low Income African American Women Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence.

Shirley A. Malove

Exploring the Experiences Clinicians Treating Adolescent Females Involved in Social Aggression: Conceptualization and Enactments through the Lenses of Trauma and Relational Theory (x)

Kelly Mandarino, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Co-Parenting In A Highly Conflicted Separation/Divorce: Learning About Parents And Their Experiences Of Parenting Coordination, Legal, And Mental Health Interventions.

David Strauss

Father Absence And The Therapeutic Relationship: An Exploration Of The Relationship Between Non Residential Father Involvement, Parent Perceptions And the Therapeutic Alliance Among Boys 10-14


Anton Babushkin

Therapeutic Alliance: Measuring education outcomes as students progress through an M.S.W. program.

Shawneladee C. Cole

An Examination of Inner-City African-American Adolescents' Help-Seeking Behaviors, Ways of Coping with Stressful Situations, and Attitudes Towards Mental Health Services.

Linda P. Darrell

The Use of Spirituality by African-Americans with End-Stage Renal Disease.

Amber R. Kelly

Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Based on Stress Reduction: Development of model and an application with sample of women who have survived interpersonal trauma.

Jennifer Linnman

Social Workers' Views on Reproductive Cycle.

Tracye A. Polson

Parenting Coordination: An intervention for high-conflict separating/divorcing families.


Kerstin A. Blumhardt

In Two Worlds: The Selfhood Experiences of
Adolescents 14-20 in Joint Custody Arrangements

Katya M. Cerar

Adolescent Male Sexual Abusers: Perceptions of the Nature and Outcome of Female Perpetrated Sexual Abuse

Kathryn B. Davis

Pathways to Ending Intimate Partner Violence
in the Lives of HIV-Positive Women: How Stigma and Attachment Inform Understanding and Intervention

Kenneth S. Epstein

Sharing Peace of Mind: How Do Levels of Couples Conflict Change Over Time and What Predicts Change

Clifton T. Hicks

The Impact of Adventure-Based Psychotherapy
on the General Functioning of Traumatized Pre- and Early-Adolescent Children of Color

Liz B. Johnston

Surviving Critical Illness: New Perspectives from Mixed Methods

Cara A. Segal

Enactments Between Clinical Practice Teachers
and Their Students: How Do We Understand and Make Pedagogic Use of This Phenomenon?

Beverly M. Simmons

Clinician, Agency and Environment Variables
Related to Clinical Social Workers’ Involvement With Evidence-Based Practice

Vickey R. Sultzman

African American Mothers Living With HIV/AIDS:
Disclosure to an Adolescent Child, Stigma, Psychological Distress and Illness Severity

Jennifer L. Swantkowski

Hooked Again: The Experience of Projective
Identification in Parents of Individuals Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder


Elissa N. Baldwin

Parents with children in psychotherapy: How do parents describe their alliance with their child's psychotherapist?

Sally Davis Comer

A comparison of family environment and attachment relationships among families raising children with bipolar or unipolar disorder and families raising healthy children

Andy Dunlap

An investigation into changes in the coming out process over time

Kari Lynne Fletcher

Perspectives on needs of school children within National Guard families from military-affiliated providers and civilian educators: Implications for school social work

Susan B. R. Gibbons

Enhancing therapist empathic performance: An empirical investigation

Jennifer W. Jencks

The inter-relationship of trauma, depression, anxiety, and male juvenile delinquency

Elizabeth Kita

Public safety, psychological security: An exploratory study of how California parole agents experience their work

Joanne Leon

Depression among Latina pregnant women: The impact of acculturation, coping styles and social support

John F. Linder

Survey of California hospice social workers' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and experiences regarding death with dignity or physician assisted suicide and other means of hastened death

Mariann Mankowski

Reintegration and readjustment experience, identity and social support for women Veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation enduring Freedom: A qualitataive study

Susan Pasco

Evaluating effects of training on assessing and managing suicide risk with social work graduate students

Megan Theriot Keen

Coping with post-combat injury: Responses from a media presentation with military and civilian families


Josephine A. Chase

Native American elders' perceptions of the boarding school experience on Native American parenting: An exploratory study

Kristine Michelle Dennery

School-based mental health clinicians: An exploration of supervision, training, and job satisfaction

Rose Latino

Never forgetting: Bereavement associated with September 11th

Geoffrey Walker Locke

Guilt and pathological gambling among college students

Sarah E. Miller

Parallel experiences: Associations between providing attachment based treatment to children in foster care and clinical social workers' sense of self-efficacy


Maureen Kaplan

Boundary ambiguity and the maintenance of borderline personality traits: Adolescent girls in foster care

Colette Duciaume-Wright

In their own words: A comparative study of the attachment experiences of special needs adoptive families


Ana Selma Berrios

The impact of Acculturation on first generation Puerto Rican women's identity: An exploratory study

Cathy Kerr

Gender-responsive treatment: What women say. A qualitative exploratory study of women's experience with an innovative treatment program

Dale Satorsky

Wearing the clothes of the dead: Material object use in grief

Dana Schneider

Beyond the baby: Women's narratives of childbirth, change and power

Rose Sullivan

A different kind of fraternity: Group dynamics and psychological change in male batterers

Vikki Winbush

Parent-created help-seeking pathways: A narrative explanation of their development and role in facilitating treatment for adolescents with mental illness


Ann Marie Garran

Cultural competence, racial identity, and ethnocultural empathy in therapeutic engagement with at-risk, urban adolescents of color

Eunjung Lee

Cross-cultural dialogue and its impact on the alliance in cross-cultural psychotherapy process

Nora Padykula

Baccalaureate social work curriculum: A study examining student attachment styles, capacity to mentalize, and reflective learning style

Lesia Shepel

Potential triple jeopardy: A descriptive cross-sectional study of the impact of vicarious traumatization and secondary traumatic stress on aboriginal child welfare

Allison Sibley

Components of parental involvement and treatment outcomes in a community-based mental health clinic

David Votruba

Interpersonal guilt and college adjustment among first-generation college students


Jennifer Lisa Bluth

An exploration of the perception of body image satisfaction and depression among preadolescents and adolescents

Delia J. Gonzalez-Sanders

Familismo and resilience in Latino family caregivers of dementia-afflicted relatives: An ethno-cultural cross-sectional study

Chikako Nagai

Understanding and responding to culturally based spiritual phenomena: Traditional Asian cultural and eastern spiritual perspectives

Barbara Phillips

Seeing in order to listen, listening in order to see: Narratives of deaf/hearing couples

Debra Kraushaar Ruben

Well being of mothers employed outside the home: A comparison of hourly and salaried women

Nelly Rojas Schwan

The relationship between cultural competence and professional training, ethnicity, and experience. An analysis of an organization's cultural diversity journey: A multi-method case study


Maryellen Butke

Cultivating hardiness: Group therapy research with urban adolescent girls

Gael McCarthy

Doing well and doing poorly in care: Caregivers' attachment status and other risk and resilience predictors of children's outcomes in kinship, foster, and adoptive placements

Elizabeth Rodriguez-Keyes

A qualitative study on how second generation Puerto Rican women negotiate living between two cultures

Ellen Smith

Still here: Trauma, illness, and coping in the lives of women with HIV/AIDS

Joseph Smith

Therapists' reactions with adult female sex abusers/offenders: implications for policy & practice

Christopher Vaughan

I am what I am: Management of unconscious conflict in coming out behavior of young gay men


Beatrice Armendariz

In search of a Mexican American perspective on health care: An examination of curanderismo and the elderly patient's healing process

Joanna Bettmann

Shifts in attachment relationships: A quantitative study of adolescents in brief residential treatment

Patricia Demont

Case studies of patient-therapist collaboration in examining transference themes through the CCRT method

Bill Etnyre

Growing up gay is still hard to do: A look at developmental experiences of gay youth

Mary Hart

What five-year-old children say about their attachment security and their coping strategies when presented with stressful situations in story form: An exploratory study

William Heran

The effects of global empathy training on attachment styles, social competencies, and empathy deficits with male adolescent sex offenders in court-ordered residential treatment

Mark Jacobsen

When sons become fathers: An exploration of post-feminist fathers and their internalized representations of the father-son relationship

Efrosini Kokaliari

Deliberate self-injury: An investigation of the prevalence and psychosocial meanings in a non-clinical female college population

Kim Thompson

The phenomenology of loss: interpersonal and intrapsychic experiences in women with ovarian cancer


Annette Bailey

School-based mental health providers: Characteristics, tasks, and job responsibilities

Sherri Ettinger

Meeting the mental health needs of female students of color on two college campuses: A multimethod study

Mary Lisa Franch-Henry

Siblings reared with an alcoholic parent: A multimethod study of sibling social support and family structural characteristics

Melissa Grady

Effects of an empathy-focused group treatment program for incarcerated sex offenders

Kathy Graves

Resilience and adaptation among Alaska Native men

J. Camille Hall

An exploratory study of the role of kinship ties in fostering resilience among African American adult children of alcoholics

Ziva Levite

A tango of loving hate: Couple dynamics in high conflict divorce

Galina Markova

The relationship between parental mental representations, attachment style, and institutionalization of children in Bulgaria

Bernard Marshall

Unconscious guilt as an explanation for male genital exhibitionism

Yona Weiss

The importance of the peer group in the Israeli kibbutz for the development of adult attachment style


Brian Beech

An explorative and comparative analysis of female juvenile Firesetters

Thomas Brauner

Efficacy of attachment-oriented family therapy interventions for children with developmental disabilities: An exploratory descriptive study of process and outcome in a therapeutic preschool

Julie Canfield

An exploratory study of secondary traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization among child psychotherapists

Laura Lewis

The use of physical objects in mourning by midlife daughters who have lost their mother

Pamela Lotenberg

Shirk and Russell's case formulation prototypes: Are they reliable categories?

Michael Mabanglo

A quasi-experimental study of a school-based psychoeducational group for traumatized school-aged children and their parent/caregivers

Sydney Spears

The essence and meaning of whiteness as perceived by White social workers: A phenomenological study

Lisa Werkmeister-Rozas

The effect of intergroup dialogue on cross-racial friendship and cross-racial interaction in a learning environment

Darryl Wheat

Women prisoner's perspectives on the prison family


James Gardner

Uprooting at midlife: Developmental challenges and successful adaptation for middle-aged Soviet Jewish immigrants

Jeana Hayes-Carrier

Moving through the loss: The maternal experience of grief following the unexpected death of a teenage child

Martha Pierce

A visit to Motel 6: Clinicians' responses to suicidal adolescents in an era of managed care


Robert Sills

Narratives of newlyweds: Aspects of empathy and their influence on marital and individual happiness and marital stability



C. Susanne Bennett

Two mothers and their child: A multimethod study of parenting bonds and division of labor within lesbian adoptive families

Cheryl-Anne Cait

Death and identity: When an adolescent girl's parent dies

Carol Cohen

Individual psychotherapy with deaf and hard of hearing individuals: Perceptions of the consumer

Melissa Doyle

An interplay based social skills group for children with Asperger's Syndrome

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason

Transactional learning and double consciousness: Voices of students of color within racism and oppression Courses

Elizabeth Keenan

From strangers to working partners: Interactional process of sociocultural issues in the beginning phase of cross-cultural social work practice

Catherine Orzolek-Kronner

The relationship between attachment patterns and guilt in the function of eating disorder symptoms: Can symptoms be proximity-seeking?

Shoshana Shonfeld-Ringel

The effect of fulture on the working alliance between Asian American clients and western therapists

Stephanie Swann

Understanding lesbian identity as a phenomenon with two separate but inclusive processes during adolescence and young adulthood


Irene Cirillo

The relationship of constructive aggression to resilience in adults who were abused as children

Dale Dingledine

Standing in the shadows: Adult daughters of alcoholic mothers

Sheila Roger Faucher

"Successful" female clinicians' perceptions of their relationship with their fathers: Impasses and resolutions

John Giugliano

Out-of-control sexual behavior: An exploratory study

Janice Houston-Little

African American men and their daughters: Daughters' perceptions of their fathers through narrative reconstruction

Janet Kowal

Self-psychological issues for mothers who launch their firstborn to college

Karen Lynn

Adult consequences of experiencing maternal loss during adolescence as reflected in the treatment relationship

Sheila Margiotta

Effects of "person-under-train" incidents on locomotive engineers

Leigh Tuttle

Countertransference within the context of clinical supervision

Starr Wood

Object relations, alexithymia, symptoms of psychological distress, and methadone treatment outcome


Karen Bellows-Blakely

Psychotherapists' personal psychotherapy and its perceived influence on clinical practice

Ann Marie Glodich

Psychoeducational groups for adolescents exposed to violence and abuse: Assessing the effectiveness of increasing knowledge of trauma to avert reenactment and risk-taking behaviors

Sallie Deans Lake

Having a baby: The meaning given to one's pregnancy and early motherhood by White American teenagers

Arlene Montgomery

Comparison of two efforts to identify core conflictual relationship themes in psychotherapy narratives


Judith Batchelor

Adaptation to prolonged separation and loss in institutionalized children: Influences on the psychological capacities of adults "orphaned" throughout childhood

Jean Coe

Developmental perspectives on women's experiences of loneliness

Margery Daniel

The role of sibling mental representations and attachments in the experience of adult relatedness

Leslie Fleischer

Dimensions of personality functioning: Implications for clinical social work assessment

Susan Fortgang

Core conflictual relational themes of women childhood sexual abuse patients

Vincent Gilpin

Mystical experience and psychosocial development

Mary Butteweg Gratton

Case studies in the therapeutic introduction of a transitional object to recast the relational experience of abused children

Robert Gratton

A descriptive study of children born to Vietnam Veterans diagnosed with PTSD

Maconda Brown O'Conner

Development status of affect management in adjudicated adolescent males

Henry Powers

An assessment of pre-Oedipal guilt

Hector Rosario

The descriptive quality of object representation and idealization in a clinical Puerto Rican sample

Caroline Rosenthal

Toward a better understanding of the use of psychodynamically informed treatment with Latinos: Findings from clinical experience

Alan Schroffel

To what extent does the availability, quality, and style of supervision correlate with the degree of clinician job satisfaction?

George Tsukuda

The long-term effects of internment on pre-adolescent Japanese American males

Jean Twomey

Implications of maternal mental representations of absent fathers to their preschool children


James Jay Canning

The effect of family support on the alliance in psychotherapy with psychiatrically disturbed parents

Maryke Cramerus

A psychoanalytic model of social anxiety

Marian Harris

Factors that affect family reunification of African American birth mothers and their children placed in kinship care

Tanya Harrison

A study of mothers' adult attachment and interaction while feeding their toddlers

Michael Hayes

Empathic performance of the clinician as a function of mental representation and attentional Focus

Laurie Herzog

Redefining women's mentorships in academe: The influence of significant work relationships on the development of self and vocation in adulthood

Martha Sweezy

Trauma and recidivism to prison: What's guilt got to do with it?

Adrienne Wolmark

Feminism and psychoanalysis: Narratives on development theory and practice


John David Bassett

Psychological correlates in induced hypomasculine and hypermasculine physiques: Male anorexics and body Builders

Susan Bliss

Environmental factors and cognitive deficits as they relate to the development of egocentrism and narcissism in adolescents

Jonathan Diamond

Narrative means to sober ends: Language, interpretation, and letter writing in psychotherapy and recovery

Patricia Henry Hensley

Psychodynamic clinical social workers' theories of therapeutic cure: A qualitative study

Josephine Nol

A comparison between feminist and control/mastery therapists' case formulations

Elyse Garlick Schneider

An examination of post-disclosure adjustment in childhood incest victims

Jennifer Tolleson

The transformative power of violence: The psychological role of gang life in relation to chronic traumatic childhood stress in the lives of urban adolescent males

Davelyn Vidrine

An exploratory study of the nature and process of change in the God and self-Representations of seminary women

Susen Weimer

Developmental factors and ego state changes in female delicate self-cutters


Maria Jordan Yellow Horse Brave Heart

The return to the sacred path: Healing from historical trauma and historical unresolved grief among the Lakota

Richard Feinberg

Adaptation to mortality at the psychosocial stage of integrity vs. despair: An examination of experience in male retirees

Vida Grayson

Unbidden images: The role of imagery in traumatic stress

Colin Hollidge

The psychological adjustment of siblings to a diabetic child

Carole Mucha

The effects of early, average, or late onset of menarche on girls' adolescent social development

Brian Rasmussen

Metaphor and psychotherapy: A qualitative study of borderline and non-borderline psychotherapy sessions

Barbara Phelps Rainwater Redinger

Assessing self development through object representational descriptions in a psychotherapy group of women with borderline personality organization


Leavelle Cox

Childhood adversity and the successful, resilient Black adult: A retrospective qualitative study

Sylvia Forman

The experience of separation-anxiety considered from the vantage point of recent infant research findings: inability to separate, or inability to attach?

Edith Fraser

Family influences on self-esteem and adaptation to college for first Generation African American women: An exploratory study

Dianne Friedman

Identification of a visual or auditory modality profile preference of child and parent: A comparative study of latency age children diagnosed as conduct disorder or depressive disorder

Rosemary Hazelton

The long-term effects of parental separation on young adult relationships: The role of early attachment

Faye Mishna

Group therapy for adolescents with learning disabilities and related psychosocial problems: A qualitative analysis

Ellen Emerson Nigrosh

The role of conscious and unconscious guilt in adaptation to college

Jane Rudd

Young men's relationships with their fathers and their peers: A correlational study

Vivian Shapiro

Bridging the losses in biographical discontinuities through narrative reconstruction


D. Joseph Courtney

Transference tests of unconscious pathogenic beliefs in therapy: The application of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group's Plan Formulation Method to group psychotherapy

Ann Daniels

Reminiscence, object relations and depressions in the elderly

Jody Shachnow

The family environment of young women hospitalized for borderline personality disorder

Carole Stalker

Adult female victims of childhood sexual abuse: Attachment, organization and adaptation

Robert Twigg

What price foster care? The effect of the foster care experience on the foster parents' own children: An exploratory study


Allison Brownlow

The relationship between a mother's mental representations of her child and her child's adjustment in day care

Kim Jones

The effects of father absence on adolescent separation-individuation

Nancy Kahn

The adult bat mitzvah: Its use in female development

Sheila Platt

The process of learning in clinical social work students

Howard Snooks

Medical utilization change following brief psychotherapy


Philip Barrett

The fantasized lost object in miscarriage and stillbirth: A study of prequickening and postquickening response to loss

Sylvia Beard

Adaptive pathways of children disfigured by burn injury

Michael Becker

The role of self and object representations in the response of patients to the argon laser treatment of their port wine stains

Shelley Brauer

The supervisory relationship as a factor in the development of the student's sense of self as a clinician

Neil Campbell

Adaptations to emergent fathering in a prenatal educational support group

Dorothy Doucette

Daughter's mental representations of a deceased father in late adolescent development negotiations

Terry Northcut

The level of referential activity in time-limited dynamic psychotherapy

E. Anne Riley

Early histories and developmental deficits of child abusing mothers: A psychodynamic profile

Gail Wittkin Sasso

The meanings of work to women: Maternal identifications of employed women and their homemaking mothers

Cheryl Springer

Individuation and connectedness in the adjustment of young adolescents to parental divorce: An exploration of gender differences

Jay C. Williams

An exploration of affect labeling in impulsive aggressive boys


Kathryn Basham

Moral courage and noncustodial mothering: A study of interactional and cognitive perspectives

Judith Belle Brown

The impact of developmental antecedents on the personal and professional well-being of female family physicians

Margaret Waller Burhoe

Mid-adolescent girls who physically fight other girls in school

Stephen Cadwell

Issues of identification for gay psychotherapists treating gay clients with HIV spectrum disorder: Special vulnerability and its management

Alice Chornesky

Paternal images, reworking experiences and parental awareness among fathers of latency-age children

Maria Corwin

Dysfunctional cognitive sets and depressive experiences: A comparison of borderline dysthymic and primary dysthymic responses to loss

Nina Heller

Object relations and symptom choice in bulimics and self-mutilators

Carol Jensen

Affect development status in adolescents with emotional disorders

Dorothy Harper Jones

Synchrony in the separation-individuation experience of mothers and their "practicing" infants: A comparative analysis of African mothers and their infants and African American mothers and their infants

Sharon McQuaide

Superego issues contributing to apprehension over public speaking

Michael Reison

Developmental antecedents affecting the potential for growth during the transition to fatherhood

Sandra Payne Richards

Early communication and level of mental representation in the profoundly deaf

Wendy Rosen

Self-in-relation development in lesbians and the mother-daughter relationship

Jeff Schrenzel

Developmental gains associated with long-term membership in Alcoholics Anonymous

Gale Terry

Emotional availability and depression in mothers of preschool children

Cecily Weintraub

Dual coding influences on the formation of clinical impressions


Holly V. Humphreys

Transfer between clinicians for the patient with chronic schizophrenia in a clinic: Factors that predict smooth continuation in treatment

Michael J. Loughran

Emotional disengagement from fathers as a factor affecting the postdivorce adjustment of young adolescent sons

Dennis A. Miehls

Marital attachment patterns and change in one's mental representations

Betty Morningstar

Shifting sexual object choice in adult women: A study of the developmental achievements and adaptation of a sample of late-emerging lesbians

Deborah Dolan Power

Projective identification and the mother's image of her psychiatrically hospitalized child

Elaine Robb

Crisis intervention in a children's psychiatric day treatment program: Its beneficial characteristics

Sharon M. Roberts

Adolescent acting-out, ego development, and family interaction: A study of hospitalized adolescents and their parents

Diane L. Rotnem

An examination of the association between maternal depression and the behavioral functioning of school age children

Mark W. Weber

Adaptation to recurring psychosis: An exploratory study of schizophrenic clients' efforts to understand, explain, and integrate their deviant experiences


Susan Childers

The relationship between premorbid social adjustment and long-term outcome in DSM-III schizophrenia

Seth Hunt Montgomery

The evolution of the therapeutic representation through the course of psychotherapy

Kathleen Novak

The psychological development of very low birth weight, premature infants

Susan Carol Shulman Polit

Adult daughters: The psychological impact of their aging mothers' need for care

Kenneth Dane Wenning

Borderline children two to eight years later: A follow-up study


Susan Donner

Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development and object relations theory

Louise Enoch

Never-married women: A study of adaptation

Kathleen Reardon

The effects of learning: A model of clinical learning on supervisory behavior

Bruce John Thompson

The experience of distress and adaptation in response to the threat of AIDS in healthy gay men: An exploratory study


Caroline Corkey

Adult relationship functioning of children treated in a day psychiatric hospital

Harriet Meek

Precursors to reciprocity

Margaret Wool

Exploration study of extreme denial in breast cancer patients


Joyce Kraus Aronson

The level of object relations and severity of symptoms in the normal weight bulimic patient

Wendy Haskell

The role of the mother-daughter relationship in the choice regarding motherhood

Carla Ann Monroe-Posey

The long-term psychological effects of father-daughter incest on young adult women

Stephanie Nurenberg

Psychological development in borderline adolescents in wilderness therapy

Rita Schein

The use of a television role model in facilitating the mourning process for institutionalized latency aged boys

Raphael Triana

The representational world of combat in Vietnam Veterans: A study of post-traumatic stress

Lyle Lobel Warner

Adopted women's search for the biological mother: A developmental perspective

Diana Zacarian

Qualitative and conceptual characteristics of object representations and types of depressive experiences in normal and clinical adults


Ami Gantt

Inpatient treatment as a holding environment for borderline adults

Karen Lee Peterson

An exploration of the separation-individuation processes in the Down syndrome child

Geraldine Scheller-Gilkey

Case studies of unmarried adolescent mothers from a developmental perspective


Bettye Clement

Father-infant interaction and its relationship to the father's sex role identification

Thomas Doherty

Patterns of adaptation to military retirement: An exploratory study

Martha Gabriel

A descriptive-exploratory probe of a developmental formulation for boredom in adults

Robert Jolley

An exploration of separation-individuation in families with adopted infants

Joanne Lindy

Social and psychological influences on children's adaptation to the death of a parent

Phyllis Shepard-Spiro

Separation-individuation issues in the mother-daughter relationship for patients with anorexia nervosa


Yvonne Holyman Dodson

An exploration of a therapeutic model oriented to the narcissism of the borderline patient

Helene Jackson

The impact of combat stress on adolescent moral development in Vietnam Veterans

Kathy DeBell Rees

Mourning and object relations in the elderly

Betty Smith

Exploration of the effects of an in-service training program on staff relations

Elaine Spaulding

The formation of lesbian identity during the "coming out" process

Ruth Winter

The separation-individuation negotiations of asthmatic toddlers and their mothers


Jacinta Lu Costello

A follow-up study of formerly hospitalized borderline adolescents

Marybelle Fisher

An exploration of the clinical learning process in a time-limited psychotherapy training program

Suzan Kamm Kartell

The father's influence on the woman's development in the post-Oedipal period

Beth Kemier

Resolution of anticipatory grief as related to object relationship functioning

Joan Deborah Lampert

Treatment caesurae: A follow-up study of borderline adolescents who failed to complete psychiatric hospitalization

Joan Robin Robb

An interactional, developmental model of the emergence of the childhood accident problem

June Townsend

The effects of ego deficits on parenting an MBD child, examined in parental group therapy


Barbara L. Nicholson

Treatment response to methadone maintenance and its relationship to object relationship functioning


Dorien Mintzer Greenberg

Parental reactions to an infant with a birth defect: A study of five families

Allen Johnson

Developmental achievement in latency-aged spina bifida children

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