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Author Archives: media

Current Practices of Live Discharge from Hospice: Social Work Perspectives

Hospice provides holistic support for individuals living with terminal illness and to their caregivers during the bereavement period. However, some individuals who enroll in hospice services are decertified as they do not experience a decline in health as quickly as required by current regulations, a practice referred to as a live discharge. The interruption in care can affect the physical ... Read More »

Youth Perceptions of What Is Helpful during the Middle School Transition and Correlates of Transition Difficulty

The middle school transition has been identified as a difficult time for youths, resulting in adjustment difficulties across a variety of domains. Although some research has examined strategies that are useful for the adjustment outcomes associated with the transition, more research understanding student perceptions of what is helpful in the middle school transition and adjustment correlations of perceived level of ... Read More »

Social Work’s Role in Collaborative Community-Academic Partnerships: How Our Past Informs Our Future

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In recent years, community–academic partnerships (CAPs) have gained traction in academia as a method for bridging the research-to-practice gap and reducing health disparities for marginalized populations. The field of social work may be well poised to enhance its ability to engage in partnerships and research around partnerships given its emphasis on conducting practice research and its historical roots in boundary ... Read More »

“Water Is Life”: Using Photovoice to Document American Indian Perspectives on Water and Health

Photovoice is a qualitative community-based participatory research method that was first developed to assist rural Chinese women in documenting their everyday health and work conditions. Since its development in the mid-1990s, researchers have used photovoice to engage underserved communities of color who have been wary of research endeavors based on previous adverse experiences. With indigenous groups, photovoice has recently been ... Read More »

Latinx Use of Traditional Health Care: The Social Network Effect

Studies on access to health care among Latinx communities have overlooked (a) the use of traditional healers and (b) the role of social networks in seeking traditional healers. A recent issue of the journal Health & Social Work, published by NASW Press, includes an article which describes a study of this issue. Framed within the network-episode model, the study aimed ... Read More »

Using Photovoice to Explore School Connection and Disconnection

Research strongly supports school connectedness as important in promoting healthy youth development. Most of the research to date has used surveys to assess school connectedness; however, PhotoVoice, a community-based participatory action research method, offers a unique way of engaging youth voices on their lived experiences of school connectedness. Such a method has potential to uncover areas related to connectedness that ... Read More »

A Study of a Cross-Age Peer Mentoring Program on Educationally Disconnected Young Adults

A small body of literature has identified cross-age peer mentoring (CAPM) as an effective mentoring model that is reciprocal in nature, affecting the outcomes of both mentees and mentors. To date, however, much of the attention and research focused on CAPM models have been conducted within school settings and few have described programs with an emphasis on disconnected young adults. ... Read More »

Transmasculine Spectrum Parenting: Beyond a Gendered Fatherhood

Little scholarship exists on parenting in the transgender and gender nonconforming community, even though a sizable portion of the community is either currently parenting or interested in becoming a parent. This dearth of literature is particularly noticeable among those individuals assigned female at birth who identify as transmasculine. In a recent issue of the journal Social Work Research, published by ... Read More »

Prayer and Faith: Spiritual Coping among American Indian Women Cancer Survivors

Although cancer disparities among American Indian women are alarming, research on spiritual coping among this population is virtually nonexistent. This is particularly problematic, given the importance of medical practitioners’ discussing the topic with cancer patients, along with the centrality of spirituality to many American Indian patients. In a recent issue of the journal Health & Social Work, published by NASW ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Ronald V. Dellums, Social Work Pioneer (1935-2018)

Born in Oakland, Calif., Ronald V. Dellums earned his MSW from the University of California, Berkeley. He served on the Berkeley City Council, was mayor of Oakland from 2007-2011, before being elected to Congress. Dellums was an advocate and community organizer throughout his career, representing social work values in the political arena. Dellums represented California’s Oakland Congressional District from 1970-1998. ... Read More »