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Date of Award


Document Type

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Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Levine-Sapozhnikov, Brooklyn


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) is a new addition to the DSM-5, characterized by severe persistent irritability and frequent temper tantrums. This research project aimed to answer the question, “What impacts social workers’ perspectives of DMDD?” by using a positivist approach and collecting quantitative data. Participants (n=26) were sent an electronic survey created with Google Forms. This self-administered survey asked questions regarding demographic information, and asked participants to rate seven statements regarding DMDD using a Likert-type scale. SPSS Statistics Subscription was used to analyze the data through univariate statistics, bivariate statistics in the form of a one-way ANOVA, and multiple regression. The hypothesis of the research study was that as years of clinical experience increased, social workers’ perspectives on DMDD would become increasingly negative. This hypothesis was not supported by the findings of this research study. Although the study was limited by a small sample size, some interesting data was revealed and further research is needed to investigate this topic. The majority of participants, 19 out of 26, had positive perception scores, indicating a positive perspective on DMDD. Additionally, participants unanimously agreed that prior to DMDD’s introduction, Bipolar Disorder was over-diagnosed in children. More research is needed to investigate why perspectives seem to tend towards the positive, and if this is true for the larger population of clinical social workers.