Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Dr. Carolyn McAllister


This study explores the relationship between a variety of factors the school of attendance for two schools in the Inland Empire. This research project sought to assess if there are differing rates of exposure to parental substance use, geographical location, diagnosis of anxiety, diagnosis of depression, and exposure to traumatic events based on the high school of attendance. Secondary data was acquired from a school district in the Inland Empire. Fifty assessments from school A and fifty from school B were used; a total of 100 adolescent assessments were used. The adolescent assessment explores the location of living, questions regarding adverse childhood experiences, exposure to parental substance use, and diagnoses. The assessments were used to gather information to provide the necessities of a mental health service from this school district. A bivariate analysis was used to determine if there were statistically different rates of diagnosis and exposure to other risk factors between the two high schools. The factors that demonstrated a significantly higher rate of exposure to parental substance use, the amount of depression referrals, traumatic events in School A. School B shows a higher rate of anxiety referrals. The findings demonstrate that each school may require different types of social services, and potentially that demographic factors differing between the two schools (specifically socioeconomic status) may impact these factors.