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Data and Evaluation Strategies to Support Parent Engagement Programs: Learnings from an Evaluation of Parent University

In the fall of 2008, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) launched Parent University, an innovative, collaborative initiative designed to reach out to and engage parents in their children’s education, with a special emphasis on the underserved. In conjunction with a wide variety of community partners, Parent University offers unique course offerings, symposia, and workshops aimed at increasing parents’ involvement in schools and ... Read More »

Religiosity and anti-social behavior

Does religious engagement act as a deterrent for anti-social behavior in young people? If so, what are the implications for social work? A growing body of literature suggests that religious engagement may protect youths from involvement in nonviolent and violent antisocial behavior. However, despite demographic evidence suggesting that religion may be particularly important among young African American women, research on ... Read More »

Lessons learned from a secret Facebook support group

In general, social workers have been early adopters of new technology, especially if the technology replaces face-to-face interactions with clients. Social workers value nonverbal behavior, interview techniques such as silent pauses, and the importance of relationships in the clinical encounter. Social media and applications are less amenable to communicating nonverbal information and relationship cues. However, there have been situations in ... Read More »

Men’s Mental Health: A Call to Social Workers

Generally speaking the attention of mental health social workers, social work researchers and social work educators has been drawn to the most vulnerable people in society, namely women and children. But what about the needs of men? Not only are the mental health needs of men inherently important; the status of a man’s mental health affects the women and children ... Read More »

School Social Work in Louisiana: A Model of Practice

The role of school social workers has continually been fragmented and determined by the context in which they work as well as policy changes at the federal. School social work has evolved over the past 100 years from enforcing mandatory school attendance in 1918 to providing emotional support for children and families beginning in the 1930s. New and changing educational ... Read More »

The Impact of Homeownership on Marriage and Divorce: Evidence from Propensity Score Matching

Policymakers often express concern about family stability in their communities, and promote marriage and homeownership as two of the leading means for increasing and maintaining family stability. But how do marriage and homeownership affect one another? Does homeownership increase or decrease the likelihood of a person getting married? Does it increase or decrease the likelihood of a couple getting divorced? ... Read More »

Special Issue of Health & Social Work on Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Approximately 2.2 million service members make up the U.S. all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve components, representing less than one percent of all U.S. citizens. Furthermore, veterans constitute seven percent of the country’s population, or almost 22 million persons, with ten percent of those being female. The largest living cohort of veterans served during the Vietnam era. ... Read More »

Special Issue of Children & Schools on School Social Workers and Military-Connected Schools

It is estimated that the children of parents either who are currently in the military or who are veterans numbers over 4 million in the United States. These children and their families have and/or continue to experience multiple deployments, family separation, frequent transitions and relocations, and other stressful life events that their non-military-connected peers usually do not undergo. Supportive school ... Read More »