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MSW Thesis Topics

Various MSW Students are writing a Thesis as a part of their educational journey; below are descriptions of some of those projects:

This study explores the unique needs and experiences of adoptive parents raising young adopted foster children with insecure or disorganized attachments.  This will be a qualitative study investigating adoptive parents raising children adopted from the US foster care system under the age of six, that display or have displayed symptoms of insecure or disorganized patterns of attachment.  This researcher hopes to gain a better understanding of the unique needs and experiences of these adoptive parents in northern and central Minnesota, and to find what supports have been offered, have been helpful, or what other supports they feel could benefit them while raising a child that is struggling to establish trust and/or develop a secure attachment.
Stacia Martin


The purpose of this study is to analyze the opinions of Youth Moving Forward programs that work with and help youth who are homeless, investigate what they are currently undertaking, and identify where they feel the changes need to be made. These questions will be asked to one person at each organization using Monkey Survey and will be shared at Youth Moving Forward meetings that discuss advocacy to help promote change amongst youth services. The overall research question is:  How are Youth Moving Forward professional organizations working to end homelessness as separately and as a part of the coalition?
Julie Markward


The goal of this study is to provide the limited data on National Guard couple's marital satisfaction with additional research findings.  A number of variables contribute to the marital satisfaction of National Guard couples.  In order to explore of one aspect of the National Guard couple's relationship, I will employ the independent variables of utilization of civilian and military support systems by non-deployed spouses during deployment separation, as well as, the contact frequency with each support system.  This study seeks to identify whether the utilization or lack of utilization, of support systems is a factor that possibly impacts marital satisfaction for National Guard couples who have experienced or are currently experiencing separation due to training or deployment.    
Penny Pesta

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