Social Work Research

Research journal for social workers.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, March

Assessing the Impact of Ongoing National Terror: Social Workers in Israel
The main goal of this study was to explore the connections between social workers' personal and professional exposure to national terror in Israel and their professional and personal distress experienced due to ongoing terror attacks. Data were collected...
Bayesian Analysis for Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work
As evidence-based practice (EBP) continues gaining prominence in the professional literature, at least two overlapping challenges make it difficult for mainstream social workers to accept EBP as the primary mode for practice. Social workers need a...
Defining Neighborhood Boundaries for Social Measurement: Advancing Social Work Research
Much of the current neighborhood-based research uses variables aggregated on administrative boundaries such as zip codes, census tracts, and block groups. However, other methods using current technological advances in geographic sciences may broaden...
Harmful Effects of Federal Research Grants
The past two decades have seen an increasing emphasis on the importance of university faculty obtaining external funding to support their research efforts. Social work faculty have not been exempt from this pressure, especially within the network of...
Harmful Effects of Federal Research Grants: A Rejoinder
Professorial life in research universities has changed markedly over the past quarter-century (Tuchman, 2009). Some academics decry the "corporatization" of the university and the growing emphasis on the bottom line (Donoghue, 2008). Others argue that...
Is the Life History Calendar a Valid Measure of Child Custody Loss among Birth Mothers with Serious Mental Illness?
As of October 9, 2009, 463,000 children were receiving care in the public foster care system (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009). Parental rights to 75,000 (16%) had been terminated. Parents with serious mental illness (SMI) are confronted...
Nonlinearity in Social Service Evaluation: A Primer on Agent-Based Modeling
Measurement of nonlinearity in social service research and evaluation relies primarily on spatial analysis and, to a lesser extent, social network analysis. Recent advances in geographic methods and computing power, however, allow for the greater use...
Predictors of Drop-In Center Attendance among Substance-Abusing Homeless Adolescents
Homeless youths comprise a vulnerable and disenfranchised group. They experience social exclusion and inadequate access to health and social services and are at risk of sexual assault and other trauma (Gaetz, 2004). Because of the vulnerability of...
Rigor in Qualitative Social Work Research: A Review of Strategies Used in Published Articles
This study was conducted to describe strategies used by social work researchers to enhance the rigor of their qualitative work. A template was developed and used to review a random sample of 100 articles drawn from social work journals listed in the...