Author Archives: media

Talking about Sexuality and Intimacy with Women Spousal Caregivers: Perspectives of Service Providers

Sex and intimacy are an important part of a physically and psychologically healthy life. Sex and intimacy also are not limited to young and middle-aged adults; older adults also enjoy lives of sex and intimacy. But when a partner becomes chronically ill, the caregiving partner may have difficulty with sex and intimacy issues. How should social workers and other service ... Read More »

Teachers’ Reports of Outreach to School-Based Providers of Mental Health Services following the 2013 Boston Marathon Attack

On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in downtown Boston that injured over 260 runners and spectators and killed three spectators, including an eight-year-old boy. In the days that followed, residents in the Boston metropolitan area endured an intense and unprecedented manhunt for two suspects. Large portions of the city and surrounding ... Read More »

Perceived Effects of Student Loan Forgiveness on Turnover Intention among Social Workers in Massachusetts

In recent years, student loan forgiveness (SLF) has become an issue of national interest in the United States, especially in the wake of economic recession and unemployment. The potential of SLF as a recruitment tool and job retention mechanism has engendered widespread support for implementing SLF programs (SLFPs) in public and private sectors. This raises the question: can SLFPs be ... Read More »

Resilience Protective Factors in an Older Adult Population: A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis

Social work research is critical to discovering new insights into the needs of citizens, and to developing useful strategies for assisting and empowering people in times of stress and in their daily lives. Research is vital, but often the findings of the research are too compartmentalized to receive widespread attention and discussion. One solution is to analyzing and combining multiple ... Read More »

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month! Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The 2016 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!  Events take place around the country to celebrate the ... Read More »

Arizona CHIP

Last week, enrollment for Arizona’s Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) opened after being frozen for years.  Now every state has a CHIP plan to cover low-income children and provide them with access to health services: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2016-Press-releases-items/2016-07-25.html  In 2009, Arizona halted enrollment for CHIP, known as KidsCare, to save money at the state level. Health care advocates, community organizations and provider ... Read More »

Formal and informal neighborhood social organization: Which promotes better resident health?

Residential neighborhoods have an effect on residents’ health, according to increasing research in health and social sciences. Neighborhood structural characteristics are consistently associated with individual health outcomes. For example, living in disadvantaged neighborhoods is associated with poorer health and an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as hypertension. Similarly, neighborhood racial segregation is associated with poorer health for black ... Read More »

LGBT and Disabilities Issues, Transgender Equity, the Stonewall National Monument, and Recovery Month – An Update

The final week of Pride Month included an event at the White House, the naming of a new National Monument, a sea-change of policy at the Department of Defense. On Monday, June 27, 2016, the White House convened a White House Forum on the LGBT and Disability Issues.   Maria Town, Associate Director and Disability Community Liaison, White House Office of ... Read More »

Relationships between Adolescent Well-Being and Friend Support and Behavior

Numerous studies have pointed out the correlation between adolescent delinquency and negative peer pressures. But do positive peer associations also impact adolescent behavior? In a recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, published by NASW Press, Amy C. Traylor, PhD, Javonda D. Williams, PhD, Jennifer L. Kenney, PhD, and Laura M. Hopson, PhD, outline their findings on a study ... Read More »

Promoting Young People’s Participation: Exploring Social Work’s Contribution to the Literature

In a 1998 article in the NASW-published journal Social Work, Janet Finn and Barry Checkoway argued that the field of social work had largely pathologized, victimized, and problematized young people. They argued that constructing and conceptualizing young people as needing to be cared for limits the potential for young people to bring strengths and assets to their communities and reduces ... Read More »