Social Work

Social Work is a journal for social workers. It was founded in 1956 and is published quarterly by the National Association of Social Workers.Subjects include sociology.The editor in chief is Jorge Delva.

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 4, October

Co-Constructing Cooperation with Mandated Clients
Dominant practice models for social work were originally developed and intended for work with voluntary clients. The professional literature indicates that use of these models with involuntary clients often alienates rather than engages. This article...
Everyone Is Still on Welfare: The Role of Redistribution in Social Policy
Most people have an inaccurate assessment of who is "on welfare." Two decades have passed since Social Work published the original version of this article, which applied Titmuss's framework of a three-tiered social welfare system and showed that nearly...
Letters
Responses to The Diagnostic Strengths Manual? Dennis Saleebey's Commentary, "The Diagnostic Strengths Manual? (Social Work, April 2001, pp. 183-187), speaks to the heart of my work with mentally ill individuals. As a recent MSW graduate and now...
Parent-Child Interaction during Foster Care Visits
The case-based research discussed in this article describes the variety of strategies mothers and young children spontaneously used to negotiate the complexities of foster care visiting. Nine mothers and their 24- to 48-month-old children were videotaped...
Perceptions of Mission-Critical Organizational Resources: A Survey of Substance Prevention and Treatment Agencies in the Southwest
This article explores administrator and staff perceptions of mission-critical agency capacity in a predominantly Hispanic region that has a high degree of acculturation and elevated use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The domains explored are...
Rhetoric and Reality of Work-Based Welfare Reform
The argument presented in this article is that although work is one path toward improved well-being for poor families, a successful and humane social welfare policy must recognize and respond to its limitations. The prowork rhetoric surrounding current...
Welfare Reform and "Ineligibles": Issue of Constitutionality and Recent Court Rulings
In 1996 welfare legislation made lawful immigrants, with a few exemptions, categorically ineligible for most forms of public assistance. This legislation has led affected immigrants and their advocacy groups to file lawsuits to challenge the constitutionality...
Whose Evidence and for What Purpose?
Evidence-based practice (EBP) is one of the predominant new ways of thinking about what social workers should do in their practice and how they should decide to do it. EBP involves using the "best available" evidence, often interpreted to mean research-based...
Working with Victims of Persecution: Lessons from Holocaust Survivors
It is estimated that 25 to 30 million people are forced to leave their homes because of human rights violations or threats to their lives. Such massive dislocations at the international level result in significant numbers of diverse, persecuted populations...