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Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


The purpose of this research was to explore school social workers' perceptions of their role in advocating for and providing services to gay, lesbian and bisexual students. The focus of the research was on Minnesota school social workers who were working in a school(s) which served any grade between sixth and twelfth. The research design included both qualitative and quantitative methods. A survey was developed and distributed to 250 school social workers in Minnesota. Ninety-eight of those who were eligible for the research elected to participate. Findings indicate that school social workers assume a variety of roles within the school in preventing and eliminating discrimination toward gay, lesbian and bisexual students. Implications for social work practice in the areas of advocacy and education are discussed, and recommendations for future practice, policy and research with gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are presented.


SC 11.MSW.1995.Corniea.JE

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