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. 57, No. 2, April

American Bar Association Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Death Penalty Cases: Implications for Social Work
Social workers are no strangers to human tragedy. Occasionally we encounter those worst-case scenarios--as when murder occurs. When we hear about such crimes, we feel outrage, sorrow, and fear, like everyone else. Nothing can change the horrible facts...
Critical Reflection to Identify Gaps between Espoused Theory and Theory-in-Use
Social work is a profession strongly anchored in Western humanistic values. These values emphasize the worth, autonomy, and right to self-determination of the clients (Banks, 1995, 2004; Clark, 2006; Pierson, 2002; Reamer, 2006). Social work education...
Deaths in the Desert: The Human Rights Crisis on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Spanning 120,000 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Sonoran desert is a harsh and brutal environment. Summer temperatures reach highs above 120[degrees]F, and winter lows fall below 32[degrees]F. The lack of natural resources, such as water...
Disparities in the Geography of Mental Health: Implications for Social Work
Social work's person-in-environment perspective requires that practitioners consider the social and physical environment--its problems, supports, and opportunities--and, specifically, individuals' goodness of fit with it. Yet the development of models...
Family-Based Crisis Intervention with Suicidal Adolescents in the Emergency Room: A Pilot Study
As the adolescent suicide rate has been increasing over the last several decades (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998, 2007a, 2007b, 2008; Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2000), there has been a parallel increase (as...
Free Tax Assistance and the Earned Income Tax Credit: Vital Resources for Social Workers and Low-Income Families
Every year, nearly two-thirds of families with low-to-moderate incomes collectively lose billions of dollars to the asset-stripping industry. For example, in 2004, more than two-thirds of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)--eligible tax filers paid out...
In-Home Intervention with Families in Distress: Changing Places to Promote Change
At its inception, social casework consisted of "friendly visits" by volunteers who delivered concrete and supportive services in the homes of poor families. These frontline workers were directly and intimately exposed to the lives of the families they...
Losing Touch in Social Work Practice
Touch in social work practice may carry both positive and negative connotations. Although there are reasons to avoid the use of touch in practice, there are also reasons to address the topic of touch in working with clients. According to the NASW (2010)...
Prevention and Intervention on the Care Continuum
Historically, there has been a palpable schism between "preventionists" and "interventionists" in the field of social work. Although great strides have been made in evidence-based pursuits in both areas, very little overlap has been explored. In fact,...
Where Is Social Work in the Social Entrepreneurship Movement?
Although the business and public policy communities have ignited a national movement toward embracing social entrepreneurship as a laudable enterprise and a critical piece in addressing social problems, social work remains notably absent from the discussion...
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