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Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work

Raluca Barac, Melissa Kimber, Sabine Johnson, Melanie Barwick
Despite the emerging literature documenting gains in clinician competence following consultation, little empirical work has examined consultation as an implementation strategy. To this end, the present study examined consultation in the context of implementing motivational interviewing in four community child and youth mental health organizations. We used qualitative methods with a dual goal: to describe the consultation process and to explore trainees' perspectives on consultation. Participants included 22 clinicians and 9 supervisors who received monthly, group, phone-based consultation for seven months following training in motivational interviewing...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Peter A Kindle
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June 5, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Lorraine T Benuto, Rory Newlands, Allison Ruork, Sierra Hooft, Andrew Ahrendt
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to establish the prevalence of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) among victim advocates and to determine if risk factors (for the development of STS) that have been cited in the literature (with other populations) are applicable to victim advocates. METHODS: Data was collected from 135 victim advocates using an online survey. RESULTS: The prevalence rate of STS among victim advocates is approximately 50% and risk factors include number of hours worked per week, direct service hours, and working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse...
June 1, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Aidan Ferguson, James J Clark
Research ethics provide important and necessary standards related to the conduct and dissemination of research. To better understand the current state of research ethics discourse in social work, a systematic literature search was undertaken and numbers of publications per year were compared between STEM, social science, and social work disciplines. While many professions have embraced the need for discipline-specific research ethics subfield development, social work has remained absent. Low publication numbers, compared to other disciplines, were noted for the years (2006-2016) included in the study...
May 29, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Mark J Macgowan, Frank R Dillon, Christine E Spadola
PURPOSES: This study extends previous findings on a measure of competencies based on Standards for Social Work Practice with Groups. The Inventory of Competencies in Social Work with Groups (ICSWG) measures confidence in performing the Standards. This study examines the latent structure of the Inventory, while illuminating the underlying structure of the Standards. METHODS: A multinational sample of 586 persons completed the ICSWG. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA), reliability estimates, standard error of measurement estimates, and a range of validity tests were conducted...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Valerie C Joiner, Frederick P Buttell
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the usefulness of the trauma intervention, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), for adolescents in residential treatment. METHOD: The study employed a secondary analysis of 132 adolescent trauma cases collected from youth while in a residential treatment facility in Mississippi. RESULTS: Analysis indicated that clients showed significant decreases in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) severity scores after receiving TF-CBT in residential care...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Susan Munsey, Heather E Miller, Terence Rugg
GenerateHope (GH) is a San Diego-based 501c3 nonprofit organization providing fully integrated, comprehensive rehabilitation services to adult female survivors of sex trafficking. While best practices for working with survivors of sex trafficking are slowly emerging, to date, there have been few publications on this subject and little data on either short- or long-term outcomes from the many and varied programs nationwide. This paper examines the GH residential program and provides early outcome results for residents living at the GH program between six and 12 months...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Mary K Twis, Beth Anne Shelton
Empiricism and the application of human behavior theory to inquiry are regarded as markers of high-quality research. Unfortunately, scholars have noted that there are many gaps in theory and empiricism within the human trafficking literature, calling into question the legitimacy of policies and practices that are derived from the available data. To date, there has not been an analysis of the extent to which empirical methods and human behavior theory have been applied to domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) research as a subcategory of human trafficking inquiry...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Hong Wang Fung, Tat Ming Choi, Chitat Chan, Colin A Ross
PURPOSE: Pathological dissociation (PD) is an easily overlooked phenomenon in the mental health field. Standardized assessment is important for identifying dissociative symptoms and disorders. However, the use of PD measures in Chinese cultures needs investigation. This pilot study investigated the psychometric properties of three PD measures among Hong Kong Chinese. METHODS: The psychometric properties of the Dissociative Experiences Scale-Taxon, the 5-item Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire, and the Self-Report Version of the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (SR-DDIS) were evaluated using online methods in Hong Kong...
March 28, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Stephanie Cosner Berzin, Tiziana Dearing, Olivia Mathews, Yeon Jin Choi, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes
Established in 2011, the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College has focused on fostering "effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice." the Center is committed to building research evidence that is used for changing practice and works to disseminate findings through a three-channel approach: traditional research publications, convening of practitioners, and through use of media outlets.
March 26, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Ira Malmberg-Heimonen, Anne Grete Tøge, Knut Fossestøl
Using as an example a project where the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Directorate developed a comprehensive model for the follow-up of low-income families, this article demonstrates the process of developing a program theory for policy-initiated interventions. The data consist of interviews with program developers, political documents from early stages, and observations of the program's development. The results demonstrate that, although research inspired the program developers, the program was also the outcome of policy priorities, experiences from earlier projects, and input from the practice field...
March 26, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Jean Munn, Melissa Radey, Kristin Brown, Hyejin Kim
PURPOSES: We revised the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS) to develop a measure of social support specific to residential long-term care (LTC) settings, the LSNS-LTC with five domains (i.e., family, friends, residents, volunteers, and staff). METHODS: The authors modified the LSNS-18 to capture sources of social support specific to LTC, specifically relationships with residents, volunteers, and staff. We piloted the resultant 28-item measure with 64 LTC residents...
July 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
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May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Jacqueline Counts, Rebecca Gillam, Teri A Garstka, Ember Urbach
The challenge of maximizing the well-being of children, youth, and families is recognizing that change occurs within complex social systems. Organizations dedicated to improving practice, advancing knowledge, and informing policy for the betterment of all must have the right approach, structure, and personnel to work in these complex systems. The University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research cultivates a portfolio of innovation, research, and data science approaches positioned to help move social service fields locally, regionally, and nationally...
May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Bradley J Schaffer, Kelly Fulmer
The study examines and evaluates the effectiveness of a federal and county collaboration in Pennsylvania designed to help military veterans with child support arrearages in the criminal justice system. The study focused on the veteran participants (n=232) identified psychosocial problems, their range of justice involvement, strategies to mitigate, address barriers and legal dilemmas through the collaborative. The average age 40, majority male, Caucasian, divorced, enrolled in Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare, serving on supervised parole or probation, homeless episodes, and income <$500...
May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Daniel J Dunleavy
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May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Lisa Schelbe, Karen A Randolph, Anna Yelick, Leah P Cheatham, Danielle B Groton
Increased attention to former foster youth pursuing post-secondary education has resulted in the creation of college campus based support programs to address their need. However, limited empirical evidence and theoretical knowledge exist about these programs. This study seeks to describe the application of systems theory as a framework for examining a college campus based support program for former foster youth. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 32 program stakeholders including students, mentors, collaborative members, and independent living program staff...
May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
James P Canfield, Dana Harley, Vannessa Hunn, Kristen L Haddad, Suk-Hee Kim, Willie Elliott, Lori Mangan
OBJECTIVE: Hope is an important component to adolescents' mental health and well-being. While much study and theory have explored hope, few examine the idea within contextualized factors such as locale. Even fewer have sought to measure hope for urban adolescents. The Urban Adolescent Hope Scale (UAHS) was developed to measure hope in a contextualized manner as guided by previous qualitative inquiry. This study aims to establish initial validation for the UAHS. METHOD: Using findings from qualitative inquiry, a 24-item proposed measure of hope for urban adolescents was developed...
May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Bobo Hi-Po Lau, Amy Y M Chow, Daniel F K Wong, Jessie S M Chan, Celia H Y Chan, Rainbow T H Ho, Tsz-Him So, Tai-Chung Lam, Victor Ho-Fun Lee, Anne W M Lee, Sau Fong Chow, Cecilia L W Chan
Compared to cancers at other sites, lung cancer often results in greater psychosocial distress to both the patients and their caregivers, due to the poor prognosis and survival rate, as well as the heavy symptom burden. In recent years, making protocols of proposed or on-going studies publicly available via clinical trial registries and/or peer-reviewed journals has benefited health sciences with timely communication of the latest research trends and improved transparency in reporting. However, such practice is yet to be a common sight in evidence-informed social work...
May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Stephenie Cannon, Paiten Kelly
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May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
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