Perkins is 2012-2013 Falck Scholarship Recipient

NathanPerkins 2 May 2012.jpgDr. Kia J. Bentley recently announced that the 2012-2013 Hans S. Falck Scholarship has been awarded to doctoral candidate Nathan H. Perkins.

Nathan’s application was among four outstanding projects submitted for review by Ph.D. alumna Dr. Lori Thomas (UNC Charlotte), and Assistant Professor Dr. Miriam M. George. Nathan plans to defend his proposal during the summer 2012 semester and begin data collection in the fall. He will use the $1,000 award to help defray costs of his research project.

In her support letter, Nathan’s dissertation chair, Dr. Mary Katherine O’Connor, commented, “I have seen Nathan grow to become a scholar with a consistent focus on making a difference. He is making great progress on a very complex research project that is certain to do just that. Importantly, Nathan’s work fits very well within the tradition that Dr. Falck established for both his students and his colleagues.”

Below is an excerpt from Nathan’s application cover letter:
As a remarkable social worker and scholar, Hans Falck strove to understand various phenomena he encountered when working with individuals in his community. Regardless of whether that was his career in social work with a focus on health, social work casework, or his appreciation for theory, Dr. Falck’s desire and passion for addressing social injustices and providing a voice for the marginalized was admirable. His dedication to addressing issues that affected those with whom he worked is why it is my honor and privilege to submit my application for the Hans S. Falck Doctoral Scholarship. Upon researching Dr. Falck’s life and academic history, I found many similarities exist between what Dr. Falck did, and my future directions. Consistent with his focus on health as it relates to social work, casework, and theory, my research in the area of sibling violence also relates to all three of these areas. Using social learning theory as the guiding position for my dissertation, I will be conducting a mixed methods, comparative case study that examines parental perceptions of sibling violence, both when they were children and with their own children. Using a case study methodology, which came out of social work casework, I will examine how family constellations and past experiences influence the occurrence of sibling violence and how parents perceive this phenomenon. Despite the fact that research has shown sibling violence to be the most common form of family violence, it has received minimal attention in research, practice, and policy. However, this form of violence is beginning to emerge as a public health concern, leading me, as a social worker, to see the connections this area has for mental, physical, and community health. With parents being an integral component of the development of children, examining their perceptions and experiences of violence both with their children and in their own childhoods may help uncover an inter-generational transmission of sibling violence, as well as potential negative effects resulting from experiences with this form of family violence.
Best wishes to you as you pursue your research, Nathan!


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