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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. 49, No. 2, April

A Qualitative Investigation of Adherence Issues for Men Who Are HIV Positive
Antiretroviral medications have given new hope to individuals with HIV fortunate enough to have access to them. In the United States, deaths as a result of AIDS declined in 1996 for the first time by 25 percent, and age-adjusted death rates from HIV...
Barriers to Family-Centered Services for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delays
Family-centered practice has a long tradition in social work (Briar-Lawson, 1998). The profession has consistently emphasized the importance of providing family support aimed at strengthening families (Briar-Lawson; Cole, 1995). Social workers have...
Development of Innovative Group Work Practice Using the Intervention Research Paradigm
When people feel beleaguered by life crises, social support groups can help them increase their resilience and resourcefulness. In developing support groups, social workers need to integrate knowledge from theory and research with practice wisdom to...
Difficulties after Leaving TANF: Inner-City Women Talk about Reasons for Returning to Welfare
As state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs have implemented five-year time limits and other restrictions on welfare use, the importance of fostering sustainable welfare exits has grown. This task is most daunting in large inner...
Gender-Based Salary Inequity in Social Work: Mediators of Gender's Effect on Salary
Building on earlier research on racial discrimination in salary, Yamatani and Koeske (1984) proposed two approaches to the detection of discrimination. In the approach described as the classical validation model, merit factors mediate the effect of...
Increasing the Cultural Responsiveness of Family Group Conferencing
Diversity has greatly enhanced the richness of our society. Yet child welfare programs have not fully examined or used this richness to create programs that are inclusive and respectful. Human services organizations need to establish culturally competent...
Is Christian Religious Conservatism Compatible with the Liberal Social Welfare State?
The pros and cons of welfare reform are hotly debated (Aber, 2000; Bloom, 1997; Hagen, 1999; Seipel, 2000) with results appearing mixed (Acs, Coe, Watson, & Lerman, 1998; Center for Law and Social Policy, 1999; Zedlewski, 1999). Many women have...
Low-Income Young Fathers: Contexts, Connections, and Self
Teenage pregnancy and out-of-wedlock child-bearing are the subject of much social concern and political debate. There has been an enormous amount of research in this area, most of which focuses on young mothers (Luker, 1996). Comparatively less attention...
Personal, Family, and Multiple Barriers of Long-Term Welfare Recipients
The passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193) initiated a series of events that resulted in millions of welfare recipients being permanently denied public cash assistance (Duncan, Harris,...
Presence of Social Workers in Nongovernment Organizations
More and more, social workers, like other helping professionals, are being asked to address global issues. But social work's contributions to international social development, policy formulation, services provision, and advocacy have not, as yet, been...
Relational Spirituality and Social Caregiving
The social work profession emerged in part from concerns for charity and justice rooted in the religious doctrine of love for one's neighbor (Loewenberg, 1988; Marty, 1980). Moreover, religion and spirituality continue to play an important role in...
Setting the Record Straight: Social Work Is Not a Female-Dominated Profession
The social work profession is frequently described as a "female-dominated profession" in the social work and other professional literature. Most frequently social work is grouped with nursing, teaching, and library science as similarly female-dominated...
Social Justice and the Global Economy: New Challenges for Social Work in the 21st Century
In the new century, social work is confronted with a global system in which the world's people are bound together in a complex web of economic relationships. People's lives are now linked to lives of distant others through the clothes that they wear,...
Social Work and the Supreme Court: A Clash of Values; a Time for Action
Are these the words of a lone judge striking out against homosexuals and gays from a wayward lower court in a less progressive part of the country? Of are they the sentiments of a judge in the most exalted judicial position--the United States Supreme...
Social Work Is Standing on the Legacy of Jane Addams: But Are We Sitting on the Sidelines?
After moving to the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I have reflected ever more deeply on the innovative work of Jane Addams. Everyday, I walk over the same ground that she walked over. Hull House is only...
Television and the Public Image of Social Workers: Portrayal or Betrayal?
The start of the new millennium brought with it three prime-time television series featuring social workers, the latest of which to debut in the winter of 2001 was Kate Brasher. Was this a sign of greater public awareness of the essential role of social...
The Public's Perception of Social Work: Is It What We Think It Is?
Social work is still a relatively young profession. In the years since the founding of Hull House and the work done by social work s earliest pioneers, things have changed in this society. Although the current problems of today's disenfranchised people...
Through the Eyes of Hollywood: Images of Social Workers in Film
Well, how's your heart? Still bleeding? Utilities, 1983 You mean you're really nothing but a f- - - - - - social worker? This guy ain't nothing. Chains of Gold, 1992 Mrs. Sellner's probably mistaken--[after all] she's a social...
Vanquish the Backlog! and into the Future-Of Social Work!
Readers of earlier editorials recognize that the journal has embarked on a self-improvement campaign--a campaign to improve its utility and readability. As editor-in-chief, my goals are to improve our profession's professional journal in at least three...
When a Social Worker Becomes a Voluntary Commissioner and Calls on the Code of Ethics
When practicing in a new arena, where does social worker turn for guidance? In October 2000, Governor Parris Glendening appointed me to chair the Special Commission to Study Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Maryland. A search of the Social Work...
Whistle-Blowing as a Form of Advocacy: Guidelines for the Practitioner and Organization
Florence, a neophyte social worker, was employed by a long-term care unit for people with severe disabilities. After approximately one month, she observed what to her appeared to be incidents of resident abuse. She first attempted to discuss the situation...
Who We Are, Where We Come from, and Some of Our Perceptions: Comparison of Social Workers and the General Population
As Gibelman and Schervish (1997) noted in their overview of the social work profession: "We still know very little about the larger population of social workers in the United States" (p. 15). Although a certain amount of information is known about...