Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Rosemary McCaslin


This research project was a quantitative survey study design to examine the attitudes of 49 Master of Social Work students attending California State University, San Bernardino. Recently, laws regarding same-sex marriage have been rapidly changing. As of this project completion, 37 states have legalized same-sex marriage. Therefore, now more than ever before, it is imperative that social work graduate students feel prepared to adequately provide services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) populations.

Additionally, and of primary concern to the researchers, this project sought to determine whether graduate students felt that they had received adequate training and education regarding LGBTQ service, health, youth, elderly, support of same-sex families, rights and discriminatory practice issues while in attendance at this college. Gay affirmative practice is something that should be provided the same as heterosexual service practices.

Similar to previous studies, this study concluded that religion, political affiliation, age and sexual orientation contributed to how prepared an individual felt in providing services to the LGBTQ populations.

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