Tag Archives: Social Work Research

Perceptions and outcomes following teen court involvement

Teen courts, also called youth courts and peer courts, are an increasingly common intervention used to divert youths with minor offenses from the juvenile justice system. Teen courts, as a diversion option, are generally not part of the juvenile court, but, rather, function as alternatives to formal court processing. Successful participation usually means that youths exit teen court programs without ... 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 »

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 »

Social Work Researchers Have a Responsibility to Educate the Public

A recent editorial in Social Work Research urges social work researchers to more actively aid resistance to media bias and polemical attacks. Matthew O. Howard cites recent public attacks by Glen Beck on Francis Fox Piven, and the subsequent threats on her life by some of Beck’s listeners. Piven herself analyzed the social situation that gives rise to such irrational ... Read More »