Social Work Journal, July 2022

Jul 13, 2022

NASW members can access the Social Work journal, published by NASW Press, online as a member benefit. The contents for the July 2022 issue include:

Editorial: Social Work’s Role in Rebuilding the Child Welfare Workforce

There has been a great deal of discussion in academia and the media about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the workforce. Many question whether these changes are permanent shifts in who is working, how we work, and how we balance work and the rest of our lives. These are important conversations at all levels.

Effects of Trauma and Postmigration Stress on Refugee Women’s Health: A Life Course Perspective

Trauma exposure and postmigration stress are associated with adverse health outcomes among refugees, yet the relative effect of these factors for subgroups of refugees and those resettled long-term remains unclear. Drawing on life course theory, this study evaluated the associations between war trauma, postmigration stress, and health among Southeast Asian refugee women in the United States, and whether these patterns differ across the life span.

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Health Impact on Unaccompanied Migrant Children

From the point of apprehension by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the U.S.–Mexican border to their reunification with sponsors in U.S. communities, unaccompanied children (UC) face political, social, and economic conditions, heightening their risk for mental and physical health burdens that may be exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such risk underscores the importance of social work practice and advocacy for the improved treatment and experiences of UC.

The Impact of Psychological Capital on Well-Being of Social Workers: A Mixed-Methods Investigation

Social workers are often faced with long working hours, high job demands, and poor work–life balance, which can have detrimental effects on their well-being. It is therefore important to identify the protective factors that enable social workers to flourish and thrive. Psychological capital is conceptualized as a higher-order core construct that encompasses hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism.

A U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Social Work’s Role in Racial Healing

A U.S. truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) can advance racial justice by acknowledging the historical trauma tied to the United States’ legacy of slavery and subsequent racism. This truth telling can facilitate a national reckoning with the past and set the stage for social transformation. This article aims to present insights into how such a U.S. TRC might work.

Professional Social Work and Public Libraries in the United States: A Scoping Review

This study aims to investigate how professional social work is practiced in U.S. public libraries using a scoping review method. Following Arksey and O’Malley’s framework for conducting a scoping review, the research team undertook a scoping review of academic literature, such as peer-reviewed studies, academic conference presentations, and dissertations/theses, as well as so-called gray literature, including news articles and web search results.

Finding Joy in Social Work: Practical Strategies

Based on the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotion, this article suggests that efforts by social workers to find joy in the profession may help them broaden their scope of attention, cognition, and action; build physical, intellectual, and social resources for future use; and increase resilience.

Striving for Organizational Impact through Individual Impact: A Humanistic Management Approach Involving Social Work Supervisors

In today’s era of new public management, respecting the dignity and worth of social workers in organizational management poses a challenge to social work agencies. This research explores whether individual self-actualization can be integrated with organizational development by using a humanistic management approach.

Social Work and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR): Past, Present, and Future

The social work profession has made tremendous contributions to youth well-being, laying the foundation for social welfare systems and child protection laws. However, deficit-based constructions of youth are deeply engrained in the profession. Social work researchers have called for attention to critical approaches like youth participatory action research.

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