Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Mike Schock, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Susan Bullerdick, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Mary Carroll, MSSW, LICSW


The death of a mother for a daughter carries certain effects that are different than those experienced with the death of a father or another loved one. This practice evaluation was initiated to study the effectiveness of the curriculum in promoting a healthy grieving process. Current literature is minimal in regards to the impact of mother loss on adult daughters as well as methods in which to assist adult daughters through the grief process. The research design and method included a grief/depression self test which was administered as a pre/post-test and eight weekly evaluations. Both were quantitative although the evaluations included some qualitative data. The research demonstrated that the Mother Loss curriculum was effective in promoting a healthy grieving process.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Hill.PA

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