Health and Social Work

A quarterly journal devoted to the relationships between health and medical services and human services. Covers developments in areas such as aging, clinical work, long-term care, substance abuse, and other topics of interest; and includes information on

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, February

An Ecological Analysis of Racial Differences in Low Birthweight: Implications for Maternal and Child Health Social Work
The gap in the incidence of low-birthweight babies (defined as less than 2,500 grams or 5.5 pounds) between black and white women in the United States has widened over the past two decades, and historically black women have been twice as likely as...
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Functional Impairment as a Predictor of Depressive Symptomatology: The Role of Race, Religiosity, and Social Support
Depression constitutes a major and growing health problem for older adults. Depressive symptoms are considered to be the most common mental health problem in later life and afflict up to 20 percent of those age 65 and older (Butler, Lewis, & Sunderland,...
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Health Care Needs of Foreign-Born Asian Americans: An Overview
Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are the fastest growing population group in the United States. Between 1980 and 1990 their numbers grew by 108 percent, more than 10 times the rate for the total U.S. population (Ulincy et al., 1995), and between...
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Moving Cultural Diversity toward Cultural Competence in Health Care. (Editorial)
The United States is experiencing a shift in demographic trends, including an increase in cultural diversity. Demographers predict that the next two decades will bring racial and ethnic minority populations to a numerical majority in the United States...
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Notions of HIV and Medication among Multiethnic People Living with HIV
Adherence to prescribed AIDS medications--that is, taking them consistently and properly--is key to healthy functioning (Catz, Kelly, Bogart, Benotsch, & McAuliffe, 2000). For example, nonadherence to one class of medications, protease inhibitors,...
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Psychosocial Factors and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Diagnosis and Treatment among Older Adults
The prevalence of non--insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus type 2 (NIDDM) increases with age, and more than 50 percent of patients with diabetes are over the age of 65 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Public Health and Science,...
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Reach out and I'll Be There: Mental Health Crisis Intervention and Mobile Outreach Services to Urban African Americans. (Practice Forum)
About 50 years ago, with the launch of the deinstitutionalization movement, advocates assumed that communities would be provided the necessary resources to support the transition of people with mental illnesses and with mental retardation into community...
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Use and Implications of Ethnomedical Health Care Approaches among Central American Immigrants
Many segments of the Latino population hold a worldview that includes beliefs that illness and health are strongly influenced by spiritual and religious factors that may ultimately affect health outcomes (Congress & Lyons, 1992; Fishman, Bobo,...
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