Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria C. Dinis, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Clarice A. Staff, DSW

Third Advisor

Joe Clubb MSW


This quantitative study explores the findings from a local study using an instrument developed by the Search Institute: "Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors. This 156-item anonymous survey was administered to 203 suburban high school students who are receiving alternative or non-traditional educational services. The research measures developmental assets, risk, and protective factors and includes a gender comparison. The findings from the survey are compared against a national sample of 24,740 students in 11th and 12th grade. The research is relevant to social workers who want to know how this adolescent population spends their time, what are their perceptions of school and community life, and their participation in risk taking behaviors. The findings were compared with the Search Institutes national norms. It includes gender comparisons of assets, deficits, risk, and protective factors from an ecological developmental framework.

The findings reveal a significant difference of 5% between local and national males and local and national female's who report experiencing developmental assets, risks, and protective factors.


SC 11.MSW.2000.VanDyke.D

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