Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton


The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes of graduate social work students toward transracial adoption. This study examines the likelihood of their personal beliefs interfering with their professional functioning. The population for this study were thirty African American students currently enrolled in Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work in Atlanta, Georgia. To examine the attitudes of the participants, a questionnaire was randomly administered.

The theoretical orientation used in this research was based on the Cognitive Theory. The utilization of the Cognitive Theory encourages students not to act on their emotions, but to act based on their rational thinking. The findings of this study revealed that the majority of the students' personal beliefs did not interfere with their professional functioning.

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