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. 56, No. 4, October

Current Levels of Perceived Stress among Mental Health Social Workers Who Work with Suicidal Clients
Social workers are affected by exposure to their clients' traumatic life experiences and behaviors. Research has demonstrated that secondary traumatic stress (STS)--also referred to as vicarious trauma, compassion stress, or compassion fatigue--is...
Design-Based Practice: A New Perspective for Social Work
The relationship between knowledge and practice in the field of social work has continued to spark debate among scholars and practitioners (Gomory, 1997). Many have argued that only knowledge derived from science should guide practice decisions and...
Eugenics, Genetics, and the Minority Group Model of Disabilities: Implications for Social Work Advocacy
The recent expansion and practical application of genetic research has fostered--depending on one s perception--utopian dreams of a world without disability or dystopian nightmares of a world that is both largely devoid and highly contemptuous of people...
Identification and Assessment of Children with Developmental Disabilities in Child Welfare
There are several reasons why it is important for Child Protective Services (CPS) to identify children with developmental disabilities. First, children with developmental disabilities are more likely to be maltreated than are children who do not have...
Mental Health Stigma about Serious Mental Illness among MSW Students: Social Contact and Attitude
Stigma is universally experienced in all cultures and at various stages of life; stigmatizing or negative attitudes against those living with mental illnesses are prevalent among the general U.S. population (Hinshaw, 2005; Pinto-Foltz & Logsdon,...
Social Work and Juvenile Probation: Historical Tensions and Contemporary Convergences
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed ... --NASW Code of...
Spiritual Needs in Health Care Settings: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis of Clients' Perspectives
As observers have noted, clients' spiritual needs have become a "core health concept" (Shih, Wang, Hsiao, Tseng, & Chu, 2008). Social work practitioners, as key players in the provision of health care services, are often called on to address clients'...
The Art of Not Knowing
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing --Socrates Since the beginning of the new millennium, the world has been experiencing profound change and uncertainty. The international order is convulsing socioeconomically and realigning...
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Children Can Wait No Longer for Their Rights
Twenty years ago, a commentary in Social Work called for the United States to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), adopted two years earlier by the United Nations (UN). Hermann (1991) asserted that children, as "the...
What Happened to Self-Determination?
In 1967, Biestek declared that, of all social work values, the "natural right" of client self-determination must be accorded the honor of being the "highest" value. In contrast with other values such as social justice and confidentiality, there today...
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