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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...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Elizabeth K Hopper, Naomi Azar, Sriya Bhattacharyya, Dominique A Malebranche, Kelsey E Brennan
This is the abstract that was submitted online with the paper: Despite the fact that many survivors of human trafficking have experienced complex trauma, there are no established interventions designed to specifically address these impacts. Leaders in the field of complex trauma have advocated for the need for somatic approaches to intervention. This paper presents STARS Experiential Group treatment, the first structured bodybased group intervention that has been designed to address complex trauma in survivors of human trafficking...
April 3, 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
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...
March 14, 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...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Daniel J Dunleavy
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February 13, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Meghan A Camp, John R Barner, David Okech
The trafficking of persons is one of the most egregious violations of human rights in modern society. Given the disproportionate effects across demographic categories of age and gender, as well as concentrated impacts within the developing world, there is a strong need for research and literature on program effectiveness and appropriate aftercare efforts for those persons whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by trafficking. The purpose of this article is to provide a scoping review of what is known about effectively helping survivors of human trafficking experiencing lack of economic opportunity and the implications for practice and future research regarding the absence of literature...
February 7, 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...
February 7, 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...
February 5, 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...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Hea-Won Kim, Taekyung Park, Stephanie Quiring, Diana Barrett
PURPOSE: A coalition model is often used to serve victims of human trafficking but little is known about whether the model is adequately meeting the needs of the victims. The purpose of this study was to examine anti-human trafficking collaboration model in terms of its impact and the collaborative experience, including challenges and lessons learned from the service providers' perspective. METHOD: Mixed methods study was conducted to evaluate the impact of a citywide anti-trafficking coalition model from the providers' perspectives...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Patricia R Williams, Wendyann Wyatt, Angela Gaddis
OBJECTIVE: Sex trafficking is an unrelenting problem in Mississippi. No quantitative data currently exist on the prevalence of sex trafficking or the identification of victims in the state. METHOD: This study used the Trafficking in Victims Identification Tool (TVIT) (Short Version) to identify the extent to which a sample of clients (n = 28) receiving services at a non-profit social services agency in Jackson, Mississippi, were also victims of sex trafficking...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Stephenie Cannon, Paiten Kelly
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January 31, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Carolyn Hilarski
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May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
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May 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Patricia R Williams
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March 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Jordan J Steiner, Jamie Kynn, Amanda M Stylianou, Judy L Postmus
PURPOSE: Human trafficking is a global issue, with survivors representing all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, religions, and countries. However, little research exists that identifies effective practices in supporting survivors of human trafficking. The research that does exist is Western-centric. To fill this gap in the literature, the goal of this research was to understand practices used throughout the globe with adult human trafficking survivors. METHODS: A qualitative approach was utilized...
March 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
John R Barner, David Okech, Meghan A Camp
The problem of human trafficking continues to be one of the vilest human rights abuse and manifestation of social injustice around the world. A lot of antitrafficking efforts have been put in place. However, there is still a lot of emphasis on the criminal aspect of the problem. This has meant that human and practical aspects of the problem have not received sufficient attention, including assessing the problem, victims, and perpetrators in their environments. The ecological perspective helps practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to better understand the problem...
March 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
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