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Learning Together: Implementation of a Peer-Tutoring Intervention Targeting Academic and Social–Emotional Needs

Schools continue their efforts to concurrently support the academic and social–emotional needs of students. Peer-tutoring programs are frequently used to effect positive change for students in a variety of academic and social–emotional domains. In addition, these programs are often used to target specific students or needs on a school campus. School social workers are uniquely suited to consider, implement, and ... Read More »

Participatory Investigation of the Great East Japan Disaster: PhotoVoice from Women Affected by the Calamity

Disasters exacerbate pre-disaster inequities and intensify the vulnerability of women and other marginalized and disempowered groups. Thus, disaster policies and responses should incorporate the experiences and perspectives of those who are marginalized. A recent issue of the journal Social Work included an article by two Japanese researchers on using an interactive, collaborative technique to highlight women’s experiences of disaster and ... Read More »

Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States

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Those pursuing a reduction in poverty view it as justified from a social justice perspective. But is it also justified from a cost-benefit perspective, as well? Various studies have tried to tabulate the economic costs of poverty in the United States. One recently published study, in the NASW Press- and Oxford University Press-published journal Social Work Research, attempts to delineate ... Read More »

Ethical Issues in Integrated Health Care: Implications for Social Workers

Integrated health care has come of age. What began modestly in the 1930s has evolved into a mature model of health care that is quickly becoming the standard of care. Social workers are now employed in a wide range of comprehensive integrated health care organizations. In these contexts, social workers are encountering complex, sometimes unprecedented, ethical challenges. In a recent ... Read More »

Rural School-Based Mental Health Services: Parent Perceptions of Needs and Barriers

The benefits of school-based mental health services have been supported in prior research and literature. Studies have shown that approximately one in five youths in schools today have diagnosable mental health disorders. However, research has identified that close to 70 percent of those youths do not receive the services they need. This gap in care has a significant impact on ... Read More »

Wounded Healers: A Multistate Study of Licensed Social Workers’ Behavioral Health Problems

The Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung conceptualized the idea of “wounded healers” to refer to helping professionals who experience personal challenges that affect their work. Jung proposed that the physician who has experienced adversity is better equipped to understand the causes and amelioration of a patient’s suffering but may also experience limitations as a result of this personal history. Others have ... Read More »

Oral Health Care Needs of Young Adults Transitioning from Foster Care

There are many challenges that face children who age out of the foster care system, including education, housing, and health care. One rarely-addressed challenge is oral health care. Children who have aged out of the foster care system face considerable barriers in accessing oral health care. Although this population of foster care alumni may have Medicaid insurance while they are ... Read More »

Ensuring Healthy Youth Development through Community Schools: A Case Study

Each year in the United States, nearly 400,000 students drop out of public high school. Among high school graduates, approximately one-third complete no postsecondary education or training. Of those who do, many are unprepared. Forty percent of four-year and 63 percent of two-year college students require some type of remediation. Contributing to these alarming trends is a host of complex, ... Read More »

Social Worker Identity: A Profession in Context

Social work is such a broad field, encompassing micro-, mezzo-, and macro-practice, that it can feel like it lacks a unifying professional identity. What are the underlying values and concepts of social work that delineate the profession, and how can these values and concepts help social workers frame their identities and situate themselves as professionals? An article in a recent ... Read More »

Lifetime Abuse and Quality of Life among Older People

Abuse has immediate effects on health and, in some cases, is fatal. It has been established that exposure to abuse results in physical, mental, and behavioral health consequences. Maltreatment is a common and significant burden on the health care system that can produce residual effects, both short and long term. In fact, the negative health consequences can persist long after the ... Read More »