Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Social Work

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Gerry White, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Roslyn Harper, Ph.D.


This study examined the attitude, academic preparation, and practice competence of social workers in relation to substance use disorder in the state of Georgia. Three hundred and one (301) survey participants responded to the study for which they were selected, utilizing non probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of bachelor-, master-, and doctoral-level students and professionals who currently live in the state of Georgia. The survey questionnaire titled A Study of Social Workers in Relation to Substance Use Disorders consisted of 35 closed-ended questions. The findings of the study indicated that although there was a statistically significant difference in the attitude of BSW, MSW, and DSW/PhD social workers overall, there was no statistically significant difference found with regard to academic preparation or practice competence.

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