This online database contains the full-text of PhD dissertations and Masters’ theses of Wilfrid Laurier University students from 1982 forward. These documents are made available for personal study and research purposes only, in accordance with the Canadian Copyright Act and the Creative Commons license—CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivative Works). Under this license, works must always be attributed to the copyright holder (original author), cannot be used for any commercial purposes, and may not be altered. Any other use would require the permission of the copyright holder. Students can choose to withdraw their dissertation and/or thesis from this database. For additional inquiries, please contact the repository administrator via e-mail or by telephone at 519-884-0710 ext. 2073.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Assessment of Unit Scale: An Innovative Counselling Tool for Assessing the Relationships of Couples Facing Infertility, Reina Zatylny

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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An exploration of bullying as experienced by Sudanese refugee youths, Aislinn Clancy

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A Qualitative Study of Experiences of Aboriginal Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities, Joyce Ellen Clouston

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“To Thine Own Self Be True”: A Narrative Analysis of Social Group Disengagement and Associated Identity Implications, Catherine de Boer

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IDA Accessibility: Learning More About Whether Individual Development Accounts Can Work for Canada’s Poor, Molly Elliot

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Role changes and birth order in female adolescent bereavement, Jennifer Joyce Evans

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Mothers of children placed in out-of-home care: Everyday realities and child placement experiences, Nancy Colleen Freymond

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Assessing the Need for and Impact of an Emotions Regulation Booster Program for Elementary School Aged Children, Angela Hammond

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The Relationship Between Homelessness and Women’s Health, Christine Paramonczyk

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Who Has Seen What When? Pornography’s Contribution to the Social Construction of Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescence, Bente Skau

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An Exploration of Immigrant Women’s Experiences with Social Service Agencies in the Region of Waterloo, Gillian Wells

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Correlates of housing stability among psychiatric consumer/survivors, Stephanie Anne Brown

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Embracing an emerging structure: The employment of psychiatric survivors in Ontario community mental health organizations, Jillian Gail Grant

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Political will as a determinant of health in Ontario: Implications for progressive human services, M. Anthony Hutchinson

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Attachment representations in mothers of young children with developmental delay: Relations with concurrent and later maternal depression, Mary Catherine Hutchinson

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Awakening social work to the human/nature relationship: A proposed university education framework, Seth M. Koplowitz

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To 'brown it up' or 'bring down the brown': Identity and strategy in second-generation, South Asian-Canadian youth, Purnima Sundar

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Caregiver's perceptions of the ability of orphanages to meet child development needs: A Polish case study, Marta Zych

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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An exploration into the clinical usefulness of the reciprocal and avoidant attachment questionnaires in the treatment of survivors of childhood abuse, Maxine Dawn Barbour

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An examination of social workers' and other therapists' use of transference and countertransference as therapeutic tools in couples counselling within the psychoanalytic paradigm, Heidi B. Gottlieb

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'No woman no cry': An examination of the use of feminist ideology in shelters for abused women when working with Caribbean-Canadian women, Tenniel Melisa Hanson

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The impact of training on educators' reporting of child abuse and neglect, Carrie Smith

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Media messages about body image and food: Adolescent perceptions of contradictory messages in television commercials, Carrie Wise

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'The AIDS is coming and there is nowhere to run...': Culture, gender, and the politics of Kisongo Maasai women and girls' vulnerability to HIV/AIDS (Immune deficiency, Tanzania), V. Corey Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Social policy and social work education: A historical comparative study, Thomas E. Brenner

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The relationship between family burden ratings and follow-up psychotic symptom levels in schizophrenia, Alison Golob

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Sexual consent in a gay, lesbian, and bisexual population: An exploratory study, Dahlia Marie Hallal

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Safe sex practices: Identity style, sexual communication, and HIV/AIDS knowledge, Kathia Marie Hallal

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Humour and marital quality: Is humour style associated with marital success?, Melissa Johari

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The bald truth: Determining the need for a Canadian alopecia association, Bonnie Lipton

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Welcoming the stranger: An exploration of the nature of the work of Mennonite Christians in the work of refugee assistance in the region of Waterloo, Paul Millar

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Examining predictors of level of attendance in a group treatment program for men who abuse, Carrie Pollard

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Self appraisal in later life: Comparison orientation and well-being, Angela Marie Pye

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A qualitative study examining the experiences of children living in a residential treatment program, Elisabeth Robson

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Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) directive 39.0 of Ontario Works: A policy analysis, Tracy Anne Smith-Carrier

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Insights: An exploration of experiences with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, Leslie D. St. Jacques

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An assessment of the capacity of the Red Cross National Societies to address the psychological and social needs of survivors of disasters and complex emergencies in Central and South America, William C. Walters

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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The therapeutic value of the equine-human relationship in recovery from trauma: A qualitative analysis, Janet Yorke

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Chaotic patterns of restraining power: The dynamics of personal decision making in a long-term care facility, Sandra Loucks Campbell

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Internal displacement: A study of homelessness in the city of Toronto (Ontario), Danielle K. Koyama

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A relational self model of gender role identity of young Taiwanese women within their cultural context (China), Chu-Li Julie Liu

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Transracial adoption (TRA) and the development of ethnoracial identity, Mairi McKenna

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Dancing towards wholeness: An examination of empathy and cohesion in social work treatment groups, William James Pelech

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Targeting child poverty in Canada, Miguel Roberto Sanchez Garcia

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Dynamical systems theory as applied to war-ravaged Bosnia and its people: Stage one of a multistrategy research, Kristin T. Trotter

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Emerging strong from a difficult adolescence: A qualitative study of resilience, Vivian Horovitch

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A place for all seasons: Examining youth shelters and the youth-in-trouble network in Toronto (Ontario), Jeffrey Michael Karabanow

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Gender, income and managerial status among graduate social workers, Gail Louise Kenyon

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Adolescent development in the context of Canadian-Chinese immigrant families, Ching Man Lam

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A journey within a journey: A naturalistic study of the early relationship development process in non-directive play therapy, Nancy Lynne Riedel Bowers

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Clinicians share their experience of coping with the cost of caring: A good news story, Elizabeth Susanna Schramm

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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The sun always comes out after it rains: Exploring the experience of AIDS caregivers (Immune deficiency), Susan Cadell

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Professional interventions with parents at the time of the sudden death of a child, Linda Susan Charlotte Maxwell

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Women's employment initiatives as a means addressing poverty: A comparative study of Canadian and Chilean examples, Linda L. Snyder

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

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Rehabilitation for deafened adults: A puzzle with missing pieces, Miguel Oswald Aguayo

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Quilts as social text, Helen Kathryn Ball

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The social construction of a nonabuser image: A study of a post-treatment male abuser self-help group, Bruce Alan Bidgood

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Impact of gender and culture: Contributing factors to satisfactory long-term marriages, Maria Yip Ling Cheung

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The construction of homelessness as a social problem: Linking contributing factors, mediating factors and interventive strategies, Heather Elizabeth Jeffery

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An exploration of the relationship between school setting and the self-esteem of grade-six girls, Maureen Thoroughgood Kropf

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Restaging the welfare diva: Case studies of single motherhood and social policy, Iara Lessa

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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Examining beliefs about the causes of unemployment and poverty: An analysis of the causal models from the research literature, Garson George Coon

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Compassionate fire: Women's stories of subjective and social change, Norma Jean Profitt

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The social construction of interprofessional teams in human service organizations: Two case studies, Daniel Philip Salhani

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Models of church-agency relationship in church-affiliated social service agencies in the Region of Waterloo (Ontario), Buetta Louise Martin Warkentin

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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Level of adaptive behaviour according to the occupational status of foster adolescents in independent living, Marissa Dionne Amoroso

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As if born to: The social construction of a deficit identity position for adopted persons, Lise M. Beauchesne

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The dance of many partners: A case study of interorganizational collaboration in the social services sector, Elizabeth G. Brown

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A case study approach to examining the social functioning of learning disabled children with a nonverbal impairment, Laura Kate Donelan

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Examining the problem of power in divorce mediation: A naturalistic inquiry, Shelley Lynne Hermer

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An inquiry into the psychological, social and work-related outcomes of an innovative labor adjustment program, E. Jean Kellogg

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Narrow escapes: A feminist deconstruction of anorexia nervosa in women, Yvonne L. Mireau

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An evaluation of a socio-sexuality education program for individuals with a developmental handicap, David Nelson Morrow

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Client and therapist experiences with a narrative therapeutic summary format, Peter Duncan Whyte

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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Adaptation during the transition from high school to university: An examination of selected person, environment and transition perception variables, Sheldon Jacob Birnie-Lefcovitch

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Developmental disability and grief: Assessing the impact of life events, Stephanie Dell'Aquilla

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Women's experiences in the community after leaving a shelter, Susan Elizabeth Gadbois

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Supervised access: A qualitative programme evaluation, Bonnie Ann Gagne

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Negative affect, explanatory style, and stressful life events in an elementary school population, David Taylor Johnston

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Living with a memory-impaired spouse: (Re)cognizing the experience, (re)storying support, Deborah Lynn O'Connor

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Aboriginal students and postsecondary education: A participatory exploration of experiences and needs at a university and community college in northeastern Ontario, Wendy Darlene Young

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

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The biographic impact of an HIV diagnosis (immune deficiency), Leanne Carol Baird

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The role of the state and the community in community participation: A case study, Joseph Jean-Marc Andre Belanger

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The process of changed meanings: A study of the Canadian experience of Somali women in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in regard to female circumcision (Ontario), A. La Ferne Clarke

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Coping and support needs of family caregivers of older adults with a developmental disability, Caroline Cochrane

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The discontinuation of life-prolonging medical treatment from infants in the NICU: The parental perspective, Carolyn Daniels

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All in the family home: The biological children of parents who foster, Judith Heidburrt

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Comparisons of employment barriers between visible minority and Anglo-Saxon women in different occupations, Harjeet Lamba

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Children who witness mother-assault: An expanded posttraumatic stress disorder conceptualization, Peter John Lehmann

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Safe families: A model of child protection intervention based on parental voice and wisdom, Sharon Patricia McCallum

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Feminist therapy: A qualitative examination of the practitioner's perspective, Kathleen Marianne Scott de Jong

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Social work education from a lesbian standpoint, Robin Hjordis Stevenson

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Resolving community conflicts with public participation: A case study of a southwestern Ontario community, Rosalba Stocco

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A naturalistic study of the relationship between the process of empowerment and mental health during adolescence, Michael Terrence Ungar

Theses/Dissertations from 1994

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The young adult substance abuse clinic. A program evaluation: Process and immediate output, Kimberly Calderwood

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Southeast Asian refugees in Canada: Gender differences in adaptation and mental health, Roger Gary Edwards

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Boards of Directors of social service agencies in a government planning system, David Clarence Este

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Canadian social work education from the standpoint of gay men, Brian Joseph O'Neill

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Contributions to the resilience of foster care graduates, Susan Esther Silva-Wayne

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The implications of caring for sexually abused girls: The foster parents' perspective, Tracy A. Swan