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#1
Tricia B Bent-Goodley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 16, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177484/social-capital-and-life-satisfaction-across-older-rural-chinese-groups-does-age-matter
#2
Haimin Pan
This study examined the age difference in the relationship between social capital in the form of cognitive (trust, family support) and structural aspects (social membership, activity frequency) and life satisfaction of older Chinese people in a rural area. Data were collected from 398 elders in the rural area of China by quota sampling. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to realize the objective. Trust and family support were significantly positively associated with life satisfaction, whereas social membership was strongly negatively associated with life satisfaction...
November 16, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140526/risk-and-protective-factors-for-family-violence-among-low-income-fathers-implications-for-violence-prevention-and-fatherhood-programs
#3
R Anna Hayward, Laura Honegger, Amy Cristina Hammock
Over the last decade there has been an increased focus on improving father engagement to improve child and family outcomes. Recent research suggests that child and family outcomes improve with increased fatherhood engagement. This exploratory study examined risk and protective factors associated with approval of family violence among a sample of low-income fathers (N = 686) enrolled in a responsible fatherhood program. The program goals include increasing father involvement and economic stability and encouraging healthy relationships-with a focus on preventing intimate partner violence...
November 13, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140509/administrative-discharges-in-addiction-treatment-bringing-practice-in-line-with-ethics-and-evidence
#4
Matthew T Walton
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140503/social-action-among-social-work-practitioners-examining-the-micro-macro-divide
#5
Nicole Olivia Mattocks
Social work is a profession that seeks to enhance the well-being of all people and promote social justice and social change through a range of activities, such as direct practice, community organizing, social and political action, and policy development. However, the current literature suggests that the profession's focus on social justice and social action are weakening, replaced by individualism and therapeutic interventions. This article examines data derived from a survey of 188 National Association of Social Workers members from Maryland; Virginia; and Washington, DC, to explore levels of social action participation among social workers and determine whether identifying as a macro-level practitioner would predict higher levels of social action activity compared with being a micro-level practitioner...
November 13, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140502/social-worker-identity-a-profession-in-context
#6
Brad Forenza, Caitlin Eckert
Social work is a broad field encompassing micro, mezzo, and macro areas of practice. Consequently, the field lacks a unifying professional identity due to the expansiveness of the profession. Professional identity is conceptualized as an extension of social identity, vis-à-vis the embodiment of three qualities: connectedness, expansiveness, and effectiveness. This study used 12 in-depth, individual interviews with practicing social workers to explore these qualities. Findings from interviews reveal six primary themes and 21 subthemes pertaining to social worker identity...
November 13, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136252/promoting-reentry-well-being-a-novel-assessment-tool-for-individualized-service-assignment-in-prisoner-reentry-programs
#7
Christopher A Veeh, Tanya Renn, Carrie Pettus-Davis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 9, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136247/behavioral-mental-health-an-emerging-field-of-service-or-an-oxymoron
#8
Christopher G Hudson
Proliferation in the use of the terminology around behavioral mental health suggests, on one hand, an emerging field of service that integrates psychiatric, substance abuse, and related services. On the other hand, this development also raises questions about the coherence of this approach. This review explores the history, definitional issues, current trends, and available data on the impact of this field. It considers a variety of critiques of behavioral mental health, such as possibility that the field attempts to integrate fundamentally incompatible domains, that the term "behavioral mental health" is thus an oxymoron, and that it represents a co-optation by the insurance industry of traditional ideals of mental health and of behavioral medicine or as code for the implementation of a medical model that emphasizes short-term, behavioral, and psychopharmacological treatments at the expense of a truly biopsychosocial orientation...
November 9, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136245/the-religiosity-and-spiritual-beliefs-and-practices-of-clinical-social-workers-a-national-survey
#9
Holly K Oxhandler, Edward C Polson, W Andrew Achenbaum
This article describes the religious and spiritual beliefs and practices among a national sample of 426 licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs). Given the significant role LCSWs' intrinsic religiosity plays in whether or not they consider clients' religion and spirituality (RS) as it relates to practice, it is critical that the profession best understands current LCSWs' religious and spiritual beliefs, and in what ways these mirror or contrast those of the clients whom they serve. Findings from this secondary analysis of a recent national survey suggest that compared with the general U...
November 9, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136232/trayvon-martin-racial-profiling-black-male-stigma-and-social-work-practice
#10
Martell Lee Teasley, Jerome H Schiele, Charles Adams, Nathern S Okilwa
To address a critical gap in the social work literature, this article examines the deleterious effects of racial profiling as it pertains to police targeting of male African Americans. The authors use the Trayvon Martin court case to exemplify how racial profiling and black male stigma help perpetuate social inequality and injustice for black men. A racism-centered perspective is examined historically and contemporarily as a theoretical approach to understanding the role that race plays in social injustice through racial profiling...
November 9, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136226/testing-the-financial-capability-framework-findings-from-youthsave-impact-study-kenya
#11
Njeri Kagotho, Fred M Ssewamala, Michele Patak-Pietrafesa, William Byansi
In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), youths (23 years or younger)-who account for almost half the population-are particularly vulnerable to poverty and exclusion from financial markets and intermediaries. In addition, a significant factor in the financial instability of the region appears to be the economic functioning of its youths. In recent years, social work interventions throughout the region have focused on investing in the economic functioning of youths. This study looked at baseline data from one such intervention in Kenya (N = 3,965), using the financial capabilities framework to evaluate the factors related to youths' saving behaviors...
November 9, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957583/living-our-core-values
#12
Tricia B Bent-Goodley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957582/a-challenge-to-the-social-work-profession-the-rise-of-socially-engaged-art-and-a-call-to-radical-social-work
#13
Hee Chul Kim
In this era of neoliberalism, social work in the United States is arguably overly professionalized and privatized, and has almost lost its activists roots in working for social justice. Radical social work rooted in macro-level community-based practice has been in crisis over the past three decades. The rise of socially engaged art has become more prominent in the United States even as social work has strayed away from its basic tenets such as community practice, advocacy, and social action. How should the social work profession interpret the rise of socially engaged art-already a trend in the art world-whose modality and purpose resembles radical social work? By comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences between radical social work and socially engaged art, this article examines the possibility of consilience between the two and the implications for the social work profession...
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957581/a-practitioner-friendly-empirical-way-to-evaluate-practice
#14
Allen Rubin, Kirk von Sternberg
Social work practitioners and the agencies that employ them have long been concerned with how best to evaluate whether the interventions that they adopt are being provided appropriately or with desired outcomes. The realities of practice in everyday service provision settings, however, make it difficult to use well-controlled research designs for evaluation purposes in such settings-especially designs involving the use of control groups. The purpose of this article is to provide practitioners in those settings with a new, feasible way to evaluate practice and yield approximate empirical findings that can inform practice decisions despite the absence of a control group...
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957580/social-workers-perceived-barriers-to-and-sources-of-support-for-integrating-clients-religion-and-spirituality-in-practice
#15
Holly K Oxhandler, Traber D Giardina
This article describes the qualitative responses from a national sample of licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) on their views regarding integrating clients' religion and spirituality (RS) in practice. Two open-ended questions were asked to assess what helps or assists LCSWs in assessing and integrating clients' RS in practice and what hinders or prevents LCSWs from considering this area of clients' lives. A total of 329 responded to either item, with 319 responses to the first item and 279 responses to the second...
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957579/development-of-cultural-competence-among-social-work-students-a-psychoanalytic-perspective
#16
Noga Levin-Keini, Shirley Ben Shlomo
This article addresses the development of attitudes toward the other and otherness in light of the classical psychoanalytical approach of Freud. Through this approach, the authors attempt to surmount the criticism that was raised in the literature in connection with the difficulty faced by students and professionals in the field of social work in achieving cultural competence. Based on this approach the authors suggest that cultural competence can develop provided two conditions exist: (1) interpersonal contact between lecturer and student, and (2) using the bond to help the student connect with the inner stranger within himself or herself, or as Freud put it, connecting with the "unconscious parts of the mind...
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957578/in-response-to-the-january-2017-commentary-political-social-work-history-forms-and-opportunities-for-innovation
#17
David Joseph Dempsey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957577/war-and-well-being-the-association-between-forgiveness-social-support-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-well-being-during-and-after-war
#18
Michael Weinberg, Hila Harel, Michal Shamani, Keren Or-Chen, Pnina Ron, Sharon Gil
Exposure to war can lead to numerous traumatic experiences affecting the daily lives and personal well-being of the civilian population. However, no research to date has examined the associations between postwar well-being and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, tendency to forgive, and social support during and following war. Authors examined a sample of 160 Israeli civilians who were exposed to rocket and missile fire during the 2014 Gaza War. Time 1 (Tl) started approximately one week after the beginning of the war and ended four weeks later following the first 72-hour ceasefire declaration by the United Nations...
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957576/a-calming-cushion-as-a-therapeutic-wellness-tool-for-youths-with-disabilities-and-history-of-trauma
#19
Reizel Polak, Dori Hutchinson, Louise Perryman, Stephanie Brueck
Seclusion and restraint are commonly used by residential staff to control unsafe behaviors of youths with disabilities and complex trauma histories. This pilot study examined the effect of a nonrestraining cushion as a calming device and wellness tool in a setting that prohibits supportive physical contact, to see to what extent the cushion might help these youths to better regulate their emotional distress and unwanted behaviors. Volunteers used the cushion for 15 minutes over 24 sessions. Nine students completed the study and reported reduction in anxiety and agitation, and a soothing feeling with residual effects to their daily routines...
October 1, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957575/defining-social-work-within-holistic-public-defense-challenges-and-implications-for-practice
#20
Sarah Buchanan, Roger M Nooe
Social work has a history of forensic practice, but social work as an integral component of the holistic model of public defense is new and is creating a demand for better definition of roles and services. The intent of this article is to contribute to and encourage dialogue surrounding social work practice within the holistic public defense model. A brief overview of the indigent criminal defense system and its emerging models of defense practice is provided. Models of practice established by the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office are offered...
October 1, 2017: Social Work
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