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. 31, No. 4, November

An Examination of the Social Networks and Social Isolation in Older and Younger Adults Living with HIV/AIDS
Social workers, gerontologists, and public health officials are beginning to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on older adults. Because HIV/AIDS is seen primarily as a disease of younger people, older adults with HIV disease have been referred to as...
Functional Limitations and Religious Service Attendance among African American and White Older Adults
Church attendance is associated with improved health and well-being among older adults, but older adults with functional limitations may have difficulty attending church services. This article examines differences in the association between functional...
Health Care Needs of Aging Adults: Unprecedented Opportunities for Social Work
The most recent census reports that 34 million Americans are ages 65 or older and that this group is 17 percent of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2006). Demographers have estimated that the aging of the United States will rapidly expand over...
Organizational Characteristics Influencing Nursing Home Social Service Directors' Qualifications: A National Study
This research sought to identify organizational characteristics associated with the amount of professional qualifications among a nationally representative sample of nursing home social service directors. A self-administered survey was sent to directors...
Race Disparities in Health among Older Adults: Examining the Role of Productive Engagement
Race differences in morbidity and mortality are visible across the life course and persist well into later life. Individuals who are members of some minority groups face the prospects of shorter life expectancies, poorer health outcomes at all ages,...
Stress Constellations and Coping Styles of Older Adults with Age-Related Visual Impairment
The ways in which individuals cope with difficult life challenges has captivated interest among social workers and health care providers. Several studies have provided empirical support for applying the stress and coping model to various chronic health...
The Trouble with Health Savings Accounts: A Social Work Perspective
In recent years, conservatives have promoted health savings accounts (HSAs) as a way of addressing the growing cost of health insurance (Hubbard, 2006). HSAs were introduced under the Medical Modernization Act of 2003 as "an alternative to traditional...
Worries of the Oldest-Old
With the emerging population of the oldest-old (those ages 85 and older), it is crucial to understand and prepare for their psychosocial needs. Worry is linked to psychological well-being and physical health, but little is known about the oldest-old's...
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