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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 »

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 »