Date of Award

7-1-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Social Work Policy Planning and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert W. Waymer

Third Advisor

Hattie M. Mitchell

Abstract

This study examines the social work practitioner’s perspective on the relationship

between spirituality, counseling, and support groups in the treatment of African

American female victims of domestic violence in metropolitan Atlanta. The researcher

investigated three independent variables: spirituality, counseling, and support groups.

These variables were examined in relation to the social work practitioner’s perspective.

The following demographic variables were also analyzed: race, age, income, marital

status, gender, educational level, type of practice, length of practice, experience in

working with African American female victims of domestic violence, and experience in

the utilization of spirituality, counseling, and support groups in their practice.

The investigation included a review of the literature. Variables addressed

included the following: domestic violence, social work practitioners’ perspectives on

domestic violence, spirituality, counseling, and support groups as they pertain to

domestic violence.

One hundred fifteen survey participants were selected for the study utilizing

non-probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of

licensed master and licensed clinical social workers certified to provide services through

the Georgia Secretary of State licensing board. The questionnaire, Social Work

Practitioner’s Perspective on Spirituality. Counseling. Support and Domestic Violence,

utilized a four point continuum Likert Scale. Data were analyzed by employing

frequency distribution and bivariate cross tabulations along with the statistical test of

CM-square to analyze the relationship between the variables.

The researcher found that there was a relationship between the social work

practitioner’s perspective and the utilization of spirituality and counseling when working

with African American female victims of domestic violence. The researcher also found

that there was a relationship between spirituality, support groups, and counseling when

controlling for spirituality. The study was concluded with a series of recommendations.

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