-- A call for survey participants --
Adolescents within inner city communities experience more community violence and homicide deaths than any other population in the United States. These life factors lead to many experiences of loss, especially traumatic loss, for inner city youth. As you likely know, when traumatic loss occurs adolescents may experience posttraumatic symptoms, which in turn decrease their ability to grieve the loss(es). This is described as traumatic grief and has been correlated with chronic mental health difficulties, increased truancy, and failure in school.
Previous research has uncovered beneficial school-based methods for helping youth manage symptoms of traumatic grief, however there is very little knowledge on the methods used by school social workers to provide support to inner city students in need. In order to gain a better understanding of these methods, a short Qualtrics survey has been created as part of a graduate level research project. If you have experience working with inner city adolescents within the high school context, please consider viewing the consent form and completing this survey. In order to do so, enter the following link into your internet browser’s address bar: www.addressingtg.com
Additionally, if you know any other high school social workers who may be interested in completing this survey, please pass this information on to them. If you have any questions about the nature of this study, please contact the principal investigator listed below.
Jena Henry, MSW Student
The University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University