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Tag Archives: research

Comparison of Neurocognition and Social Cognition between Schizoaffective Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia

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  The relationship between schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and mood disorders is not well understood. Evaluating and comparing cognitive impairment in these disorders can help clarify how these disorders are related. To further our understanding of these conditions, Rong Xiao, PhD, MD, Roxanne L. Bartel, MD, and John Brekke, PhD, MSW, conducted a study to examine cognitive impairment in people with ... Read More »

NASW joins coalition to press Congress to allow CDC research on gun-related deaths, injuries

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  has openly expressed alarm at the frequency of gun-related mass murder and the high annual death and serious injury rate related to guns.  Given the number of people, including children, who suffer from gun violence each year, NASW agreed with others that this constitutes a public health crisis for our nation. Therefore, NASW ... Read More »

SAMHSA releases consensus report: “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the first federal report on the scientific and medical research behind conversion therapy. “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.” The report provides a consensus among experts in finding conversion therapy to be harmful and provides examples of appropriate resources and therapeutic approaches.   This seminal document will provide guidance ... 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 »

Brody was one of first social work practitioners to conduct research

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW Social Work Pioneer® Elaine Brody, who died on July 9 at age 91, is being remembered as one of the first social work practitioners to simultaneously conduct research of clients. Her efforts helped launch the specialization of aging studies. Brody’s research at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center in the 1950s eventually led to one ... Read More »

Research supports social work’s important role in aiding brain injury victims

A research study finds that a 20-minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to significantly reduce the functional decline of those diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury, according to a news article posted on the University of Washington website. The research was published in the April issue of Brain Injury. Megan Moore, assistant professor at UW’s School ... Read More »

Bridging the Gap between Research-Supported Interventions and Everyday Social Work Practice: A New Approach

Clinical trials are essential to making progress in developing new methods for social work to help clients. Research universities use randomized clinical trials to conduct research in the field. But there are limitations to applying the results of randomized clinical trials to actual field situations. Clinical trials rely on comparing a test group to a control group. Yet often in ... 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 »

Solomon receives Distinguished Career Achievement Award

Phyllis Solomon, a researcher and professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference in January. According to the school, Solomon has spent a lifetime dedicated to researching adults with severe mental illness and their families. As an ... Read More »

Chapter bridges gap between social work researchers and practitioners

By Rena Malai, News staff The NASW California Chapter hosted the second annual Translational Research/Translational Practice Roundtable in October to help social work practitioners and researchers gain a better understanding of each other. About 50 NASW members and social workers came together to participate in group discussions. Bridging the gap between social work researchers and practitioners is a little like ... Read More »