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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

Chang, Janet


This cross-sectional quantitative study was conducted with graduate level students at California State University. The purpose of this research project was to investigate how prepared Master in Social Work students feel when working with children exposed to domestic violence. Ninety-nine Master in Social Work students participated in completing the survey that was provided by the investigators. The surveys collected and the data analyzed to access student’s perceptions of preparedness to work with children exposed to domestic violence.

By conducting this study, investigators reviewed student perceptions on working directly with child victims of domestic violence as well as their perceptions on readiness in placement and related desire for long-term employment in child welfare. Future programs may assist Masters in Social Work students to feel less anxious and more prepared working with this vulnerable population. Feeling prepared to work with this population could have implications in student’s willingness to enter and remain in the child welfare workforce.