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David R Hodge, Altaf Husain, Tarek Zidan
Hijab or veiling is commonly practiced by Muslim women but remains controversial in the broader secular society. Some Western feminists argue that veiling is an oppressive behavior that negatively affects women by, for example, engendering depression. This article tests this hypothesis with a national sample of American Muslim women (N = 194). The results of the regression analysis did not support the hypothesis. Indeed, women who veiled more frequently reported lower, rather than higher, levels of depressive symptoms...
May 13, 2017: Social Work
Tricia B Bent-Goodley
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May 11, 2017: Social Work
Jini L Roby, Melanie Vincent
Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is a rapidly growing problem in the United States, yet legislative efforts to address victim needs have begun only recently. DMST is an issue that spans several areas of social work practice, as emerging research shows that most children and youths exploited in commercial sex have typically experienced prior abuse, neglect, or other forms of trauma. Many have been involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and are often lured by promises of love, security, protection, and belonging...
May 9, 2017: Social Work
Thomas Oles
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May 5, 2017: Social Work
Allison Ward-Lasher, Jill Theresa Messing, Bill Hart
Risk-informed collaborative police-social service interventions are an emerging strategy intended to enhance offender accountability and victim-survivors' safety in intimate partner violence (IPV) cases. These interventions use risk assessment to determine appropriate interventions and enhance the police response for dangerous offenders by engaging in collaboration with social work advocates. Because little is known about the responsiveness of police officers to risk-informed collaborative interventions, this study examines police officer (N = 544) attitudes toward IPV risk assessment and collaboration with social workers...
May 5, 2017: Social Work
Stacy Gherardi
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May 5, 2017: Social Work
Jessica Lynn Decker Sparks
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May 5, 2017: Social Work
Carolyn Knight
In the article, the author discusses how group work can be used to promote strength and resilience in homeless mothers, based on the current theoretical and empirical literature. The advantages of group work for homeless mothers are identified, as well as the skills and tasks associated with effective leadership of such groups. Common themes that surface in these groups are examined, as are challenges. The author's experiences facilitating a group for homeless mothers in a residential shelter are used to illustrate key points...
May 5, 2017: Social Work
Jennifer G Schanen, Alice Skenandore, Beverly Scow, Janet Hagen
This study suggests Discovery Dating, a healthy relationships curriculum, as one way of preventing teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This study seeks to determine what theory of change best aligns with Discovery Dating, by assessing the curriculum's impact on adolescent resilience, self-efficacy, and personal agency, which are suggested as protective factors against teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Authors describe the implementation of the Discovery Dating program in a western U...
April 28, 2017: Social Work
M Alejandra Acuña, Sheryl Kataoka
Some adolescents manage to be resilient, whereas others develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms after experiencing trauma, but the mechanisms underlying these differences are unclear. Public secondary school students (N = 98) referred for counseling completed questionnaires assessing exposure to stressful events, family communication, and PTSD. Seventy percent of the sample reported PTSD symptoms in the clinical range. Open family communication was negatively associated with female gender, problem family communication (PFC), and PTSD symptom severity...
April 26, 2017: Social Work
Julie Birkenmaier, María Aranda, Paul S Appelbaum, Marc A Norman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: Social Work
S J Dodd, Deborah Tolman
Sexuality is not an invisible dimension within social work. Social workers are constantly engaged with aspects of sexuality across virtually all practice domains. Indeed, some of the most fundamental and frequent concerns of social workers involve sexual abuse, sexual violence, and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. However, conversations about healthy sexuality, positive sexuality, or sexual well-being that are well ensconced in many disciplines are all but absent from current social work literature, education, and practice...
April 24, 2017: Social Work
Brenda D Smith
Reproductive rights are at risk in many parts of the United States. To inspire social workers to act, this article begins by defining and describing the concepts of reproductive rights and reproductive justice. Next, it summarizes threats to reproductive rights in five areas: preventing pregnancy, terminating pregnancy, pregnancy loss, personhood measures, and drug use during pregnancy. Applying John Kingdon's policy streams framework, the article urges more social workers to embrace the current policy window and advocate for pregnant women and others whose reproductive rights are in jeopardy...
April 21, 2017: Social Work
Tricia B Bent-Goodley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 1, 2017: Social Work
James Drisko
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a widely recognized concept in contemporary social work practice. However, recent studies have shown that social workers do not understand EBP correctly. Standardized administrative approaches to implementing EBP have led to confusion about its core practice decision-making process. This collaborative process is the heart of EBP in direct social work practice. This article explores the EBP process and addresses a vital but often underemphasized step of EBP: active collaboration with the client in decision making...
April 1, 2017: Social Work
Jill Levenson
Social workers frequently encounter clients with a history of trauma. Trauma-informed care is a way of providing services by which social workers recognize the prevalence of early adversity in the lives of clients, view presenting problems as symptoms of maladaptive coping, and understand how early trauma shapes a client's fundamental beliefs about the world and affects his or her psychosocial functioning across the life span. Trauma-informed social work incorporates core principles of safety, trust, collaboration, choice, and empowerment and delivers services in a manner that avoids inadvertently repeating unhealthy interpersonal dynamics in the helping relationship...
April 1, 2017: Social Work
Esther C L Goh
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February 16, 2017: Social Work
Hayley Stokar, Lauren Davis, Bidisha Sinha, Lauren LaMarca, Alexander Harris, Kenyatti Hellum, Katherine Tyson McCrea
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February 14, 2017: Social Work
Lia Levin, Meir Teichman
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February 10, 2017: Social Work
Christopher J Wretman
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February 10, 2017: Social Work
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