Date of Award


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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Adolescent depression is a significant problem in today's society. Because of adolescent depression's unique symptoms and behaviors, such depression is often difficult to recognize. The purpose of this study was to determine if rural county human service social workers in Minnesota have the skills to recognize adolescent depression. Seventy social workers were polled from six different rural counties in Minnesota. The survey instrument measured the participants' perceptions about the prevalence of adolescent depression, particular behaviors of such depression, and their own skills in recognizing depression in adolescents. The findings of the study indicated that although responding social workers have some knowledge about the different types of behavior presented in adolescent depression, further training may be advantageous.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Klawitte.LL

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