Date of Award


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School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Joanne V. Rhone


The overall objective of this study is to investigate the psychosocial problems experienced by adolescents with sickle cell anemia. To attain this objective, the following issues were addressed by the researcher: (a) peer relationships; (b) independence; (c) stress; and (d) self-concept. A descriptive research design was used in the study. A questionnaire developed by the researcher was utilized and administered via telephone conversation/interview to 13 adolescents with sickle cell anemia located in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. The results of the study indicated that the participants diagnosed with sickle cell anemia maintain good peer relationships, experienced high levels of stress, have low self-concept and, have not achieved an appropriate level of independence with regard to a sense of personal freedom.

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