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Nalini Junko Negi, Benjamin Roth, Mary Lehman Held, Jennifer Scott, Javier Boyas
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August 28, 2018: Social Work
Tricia B Bent-Goodley, Selena T Rodgers
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August 22, 2018: Social Work
Holly K Oxhandler, James W Ellor, Matthew S Stanford
This article describes the development, validation, and responses to the first administration of the Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale-Client Attitudes (RSIPAS-CA). A total of 1,047 U.S. adults responded to an online survey administered by Qualtrics, which included the RSIPAS-CA for secondary analysis. Of those, 245 indicated they were either current or former mental health clients and thus were asked to complete a 10-item instrument assessing clients' attitudes toward integrating religion and spirituality (RS) in mental health treatment...
August 22, 2018: Social Work
Nicole A Corley, Stephen M Young
Addressing systems of oppression that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minoritized groups appears to be of marginal interest in social work's professional literature. This article describes the content analysis of articles on Asian Pacific Islander (API) Americans, African Americans, Latinx or Hispanic Americans, and Native or Indigenous Americans in four major social work journals published between 2005 and 2015. (The analysis serves to update a 1992 article by Anthony McMahon and Paula Allen-Meares that examined literature between 1980 and 1989...
August 22, 2018: Social Work
Andrew J McCormick, Marigrace J Becker, Thomas J Grabowski
A memory clinic used two key approaches in developing a patient and family handbook: partnership with people with memory loss and strengths-based social work practice. Social worker coeditors of the handbook intentionally sought guidance from people with mild to moderate memory loss regarding handbook content, design, and overall tone. A focus group, three sessions of a review group, e-mails, and personal interviews were used to solicit and review input from participants. The editors also incorporated content contributions in the form of essays, quotations, and an original poem from people with memory loss, alongside contributions from clinic staff, university faculty, and community service providers...
August 22, 2018: Social Work
Danae Dotolo, Ryan Petros, Clara Berridge
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August 22, 2018: Social Work
Loc H Nguyen
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August 22, 2018: Social Work
Terry Mizrahi, Kristie Holmes
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August 22, 2018: Social Work
Tyler M Arg├╝ello, Arturo Baiocchi, Jennifer Price Wolf
This article reports on findings from a representative survey of Californians (N = 946) and their perception of social work and its professionals. Analysis of the survey data indicates that the public holds a generally positive view of social work and its "helping" nature, although social work is considered one of the least prestigious professions. Respondents primarily associated social work with child protection and behavioral health roles, and less often with tasks such as community organizing, promoting social justice, and crafting social policy...
August 15, 2018: Social Work
Christopher St Vil, Adam Angel
A small body of literature has identified cross-age peer mentoring (CAPM) as an effective mentoring model that is reciprocal in nature, affecting the outcomes of both mentees and mentors. To date, however, much of the attention and research focused on CAPM models have been conducted within school settings and few have described programs with an emphasis on disconnected young adults. This current study reports on the findings of a process evaluation that used qualitative methods to examine the impact of a cross-age group peer mentoring program on educationally disengaged young adults serving as mentors...
August 6, 2018: Social Work
Ed Silverman
Many first-year field students and new practitioners enter the "fog of practice" seeking a strong mentor who will teach them to survive and thrive in the practice world. They are armed with much social work-related ideology but perhaps too little organizational knowledge and savvy. This challenge may be traced back to another historical professional debate: the imbalance between micro and macro social work education and training. This article addresses the challenge by introducing the overarching competency of organizational empathy, defined as an understanding of the practice environment one occupies...
August 3, 2018: Social Work
Hisham Abu-Raiya, Ali Ayten, Qutaiba Agbaria, Mustafa Tekke
This investigation applied a cross-sectional comparative methodology to examine the levels, predictors, and consequences of religious struggles among a multinational sample of 706 Muslims recruited in three universities in Israel/Palestine, Turkey, and Malaysia. Participants were asked to provide demographics and complete measures of religious struggles, satisfaction with life, and generalized anxiety. Three main findings emerged from the study: (1) In general, participants reported low levels of religious struggles; (2) Turks scored significantly higher than both Palestinians and Malaysians on religious struggles; (3) higher levels of generalized anxiety were predicted by higher levels of religious struggles among Malaysians only, and lower levels of satisfaction with life were predicted by higher levels of religious struggles among Palestinians and Turks only...
July 31, 2018: Social Work
Tricia B Bent-Goodley
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July 1, 2018: Social Work
Vicki Lens
With the election of Donald Trump, policies antithetical to our clients' well-being, in areas as diverse as criminal justice, the environment, health care, and immigration, are being proposed at a rapid rate. Many of these policies are being transmitted through executive orders (EOs), a mechanism for exercising executive power less familiar to social workers. This article analyzes EOs issued by the Trump administration during its first five months, describing their purpose, content, and potential for policy change...
July 1, 2018: Social Work
Linda Sprague Martinez, Cathi A Thomas, Marie Saint-Hilaire, Jaye McLaren, Jaime Young, Barbara Habermann, Linda Tickle-Degnen
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July 1, 2018: Social Work
Adriana Flores
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July 1, 2018: Social Work
Mieko Yoshihama, Tomoko Yunomae
Disasters exacerbate predisaster inequities and intensify the vulnerability of women and other marginalized and disempowered groups. Thus, disaster policies and responses should incorporate the experiences and perspectives of those who are marginalized. The authors sought to conduct a participatory research project to help develop more inclusive, gender-informed disaster responses and policies in Japan. In June 2011, following three months of planning and preparation, they initiated a participatory examination of the impact of the Great East Japan Disaster using PhotoVoice methodology...
July 1, 2018: Social Work
Elizabeth Radcliff, Erin Gustafson, Elizabeth Crouch, Kevin J Bennett
In 2015, over 15 percent of U.S. households with children were food insecure at some point during the year. The largest program created to address food insecurity in the United States is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). However, research has suggested that safety net programs such as SNAP may be underutilized by eligible families. This secondary data analysis examined receipt of SNAP benefits among 2,249 SNAP-eligible participants in a South Carolina home visiting program. Benefit status was obtained at program enrollment and six months post-enrollment...
July 1, 2018: Social Work
Karissa Fenwick
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July 1, 2018: Social Work
Carol Grace Hurst, Rebecca Reno, Tess Lefmann
This article addresses the importance of breastfeeding for the social work profession. Because breastfeeding is a critical component of maternal and child health, persistent racial and socioeconomic breastfeeding inequality is a social justice issue in need of social work commitment. Even while breastfeeding rates have been increasing in the United States there are some groups of mothers who initiate breastfeeding less frequently or have trouble with sustaining breastfeeding for recommended lengths. These mothers and their babies thus miss out on the ample benefits of this nurturing interaction...
July 1, 2018: Social Work
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