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. 44, No. 3, May

Confidentiality of Social Work Records in the Computer Age
Privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed to all Americans under the first, fourth, and 14th amendments of the Constitution. Individuals have the right to be secure in their person and property. This provision includes not only one's material possessions,...
Hand in Glove? It Fits Better Than You Think
Padgett's (1998) article, "Does the Glove Really Fit? Qualitative Research and Clinical Social Work Practice" strongly questions the assumption that there is a goodness of fit between qualitative methods and social work practice. Her arguments that...
Indigenous People and the Social Work Profession: Defining Culturally Competent Services
Striving for cultural competence comes from a recognition that U.S. society is rapidly becoming more diverse, and along with this growing diversity come divergent beliefs, norms, and value systems (Manoleas, 1994; Mason, Benjamin, & Lewis, 1996;...
Privatization of Foster Care in Kansas: A Cautionary Tale
Privatization, or the contracting of government services to the private sector, has existed in child welfare in limited form for decades. Purchase of services contracting has been used to purchase a wide range of child welfare services from the private...
Questions
Questions are the stock-in-trade of social workers. Every day we ask questions of our clients, colleagues, and ourselves. Without questions, we could not do social work. Yet little is known, or at least written, about questions relative to many other...
Response to Padgett's "Does the Glove Really Fit?"
We are writing because Deborah Padgett's (1998) article is misleading as a result of her misunderstanding of the distinction between a metatheory and a research method and the definition of naturalistic and interventionist research. Although we earlier...
The Fee in Social Work: Ethical Dilemmas for Practitioners
Although the meaning of money matters in psychotherapy has been addressed since the inception of this practice, these discussions have focused almost exclusively on the perspective of the client. It is only recently that the professional literature...
The Likelihood of Poverty across the American Adult Life Span
One of the most significant and far-reaching issues in the social work profession has been the condition of poverty. Whether the discussion revolves around welfare use, racial inequalities, single-parent families, infant mortality, economic insecurity,...
The New Confidentiality for the 21st Century in a Managed Care Environment
Since computers have become such an essential part of daily life, American society has grown increasingly concerned about potential breaches of privacy and confidentiality in electronic media and computers (Bernstein, 1997; Quarantiello, 1997). The...
The Research-Practice Debate in a Qualitative Research Context
I was gratified to see the rebuttals to my article Does the Glove Really Fit? Qualitative Research and Clinical Social Work Practice" (Padgett, 1998a). I would have been disappointed if it had not generated a response, and I welcome this opportunity...
Tribal and Shamanic-Based Social Work Practice: A Lakota Perspective
Some may criticize this article and say it is best left in the oral tradition - this is a valid criticism. Lakota people are understandably wary of the written word, for often the written word objectifies understandings and can be manipulated outside...
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