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Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work

Yik Wa Law, Tsz Long Yeung, Flora Wai Lam Ip, Paul Siu Fai Yip
PURPOSE: In response to the rising suicide trend in Hong Kong, the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention ("CSRP") was established in 2002, with the aim to capitalize on the collective impact of research-support practices to prevent suicides. METHOD: The CSRP has since become an international knowledge hub that applies a public health approach and innovative strategies to address suicide-related problems at multiple levels. RESULTS: The CSRP actively engages in research, teaching, and knowledge exchange with community stakeholders...
February 20, 2019: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Adeline Wyman Battalen, Sarah J Dow-Fleisner, David M Brodzinsky, Ruth G McRoy
We tested the validity and measurement invariance of the Transracial Adoptive Parenting scale (TAPS) across sexual orientation with a nationwide sample of adoptive parents. Our study sample consisted of 737 heterosexual, 102 lesbian, and 64 gay adoptive parents from the Modern Adoptive Families (MAF) study, a cross-sectional survey. We conducted reliability analyses, as well as exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses for the 29-item TAPs. We then tested for measurement invariance based on sexual orientation...
February 10, 2019: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Jessica A Pryce, Marianna Tutwiler, Anna Yelick
This article discusses the role of The Florida Institute for Child Welfare (Institute) in the overall goals of child welfare in the state of Florida. The complexity of child welfare requires thoughtful and innovative methods of training and practice. The Institute was created as a result of a series of child fatalities and negative child and family outcomes. The Institute has been tasked with maintaining a program of research that informs child welfare legislation. By creating the Institute, an objective voice, to focus on building an infrastructure of research, it is clear that state leaders have prioritized the effectiveness of our child welfare system...
February 8, 2019: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Jennifer E O'Brien, Brooke Jordan, Nina Honeycutt, Catherine Wilsnack, Clara Davison
PURPOSE: In recent years, there has been an increase in funds and services available to address the needs of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). While previous studies have explored the mental, behavioral, and physical needs of CSEC victims and survivors, few studies have focused on the service needs CSEC victims and survivors themselves deem most important. The current study seeks to bridge this gap by garnering American CSEC victims' and survivors' perspectives regarding CSEC service strengths, weaknesses, and gaps...
February 8, 2019: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Candice C Beasley, Richard Ager
PURPOSE: A meta-analysis is the review of several qualifying studies where the findings of each study is analyzed and is then pooled as to determine if an intervention is effective or not. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate if the intervention of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), also referred to as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), continues to be an effective intervention, since its last meta-analysis in 1999, and to determine whether the improvements noted in EFCT continue to be effective, over a period of time, following the initial intervention...
January 3, 2019: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Lauren Stanley
The preschool PATHS curriculum was designed as a universal preschool classroom curriculum to improve children's social-emotional learning and reduce problem behaviors. PURPOSE: This review examined the published outcome studies (n = 5) of the preschool PATHS curriculum examining social-emotional and problem behavior outcome measures. METHOD: One randomized control trial, two quasi-experimental designs and two pre-experimental designs met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed...
December 20, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Helen Taylor Yates, Abha Rai
PURPOSE: Feminism has an agenda to advance equal opportunity, inclusivity and justice for women and to reduce gender-based oppression. Though this reflects social work's grand challenges, it is unclear whether feminist teaching strategies are utilized in social work education. METHODS: We conducted a scoping review to identify and better understand feminist teaching strategies employed in social work classrooms. We reviewed articles between the years 2000 and 2016 in four databases including U...
December 10, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Philip Jefferies, Lisa McGarrigle, Michael Ungar
The Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) is one of the most popular measures of resilience. In this paper, we investigate the CYRM using Rasch analysis to explore and improve its psychometric properties, leading to a more robust measure of resilience.Cross-sectional data were obtained from a questionnaire administered to n = 408 individuals in Canada aged 11-19 who were participating in the Pathways to Resilience study. Rasch analysis was applied to these data, resulting in the production of a 17-item, 2-subscale CYRM-R, consisting of intra/interpersonal and caregiver resilience subscales...
November 25, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Y L Fung, Bobo Hi Po Lau, Michelle Yi Jun Tam, Qianwen Xie, Cecilia L W Chan, Celia H Y Chan
PURPOSE: Eczema is a pediatric skin disease that affects the psychosocial well-being of both children and their parent caregivers. This paper outlines a protocol for an experimental study that evaluates the effectiveness of a psychosocial empowerment program for children with eczema and their parent caregivers. METHOD: A multi-center randomized controlled trial is proposed, where parent-child dyads are randomized into two arms: an intervention group and wait-list control group...
November 19, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Karen E Martin, James N Maples
PURPOSE: Guardianship is a legal process intended to aid incapacitated persons unable to fully care for themselves. Guardianship in the state of Kentucky ranges from total observation (24-hour care) to informal care (such as a group home) and also includes persons who are no longer being supervised but should be. One intent of guardianship includes preventing incapacitated persons from engaging in criminal acts. However, no research has been conducted on incapacitated persons currently in guardianship and the prevalence for committing predatory crimes such as murder, fire starting, or assault...
November 14, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Cynthia Leung, Sandra Tsang, Lok Yan Chan
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the 18-month effectiveness of the Parent and Child Enhancement (PACE) program through an 18-month follow-up of the participants. METHODS: Participants included parents and children who participated in the PACE program in 2013-2014, where they were randomized into intervention (n = 76) and control (n = 73) groups. At the 18-month follow-up, participating parents completed questionnaires on their children's learning and behavior, and their own parenting...
November 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
David A Patterson Silver Wolf
Social work practice is an industry based mostly on therapist intuition and gut feelings. There are virtually no real-time, reliable data showing the performance of any patient outcomes or on therapists providing treatment services. In this paper a new system is recommended, performance-based practice. In the future, the New Social Work proposed will not operate as a system in which patients enter community facilities to sit in waiting rooms and interact with a randomly assigned therapist for one hour a few times weekly...
November 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Thomas A Artelt
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November 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
David Roseborough, Nancy Bottorff, Kelsi Dankey, Tricia Downing, Danae Hoffman, Heather Karson, Sara Lemon, Natia Wilcek, Arielle Yahnke
This study explored both how changes are made and what encourages the maintenance of change after psychotherapy, from the perspective of a sample of former clients, using a mixed methods sequential design. Wampold & Imel's (2015) contextual model was used as a conceptual framework. Using secondary data analysis, quantitative analysis was used to explore the degree to which clients made and maintained progress from pretest to post test and 12 to 18 month follow-up. Fourteen interviews were used to hear from former clients about their impressions of what supported their efforts at change and how they maintained these gains post treatment...
November 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Charity Jensen
This paper (a) examines the evidence base around rehabilitation of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), (b) identifies the extent that India's proposed 2016 Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection, and Rehabilitation) Bill reflects scientific and experiential evidence, and (c) discusses how gaps in the proposed bill can be informed by evidence. A rapid review of empirical studies on policies and interventions addressing rehabilitation of CSE victims was conducted. Although evidence is lacking, research suggests that cross-sectoral collaboration, training and monitoring law enforcement, psychotherapeutic interventions and care provided by short-term shelters, reintegration, and recognizing victims' rights improve the success of rehabilitative efforts...
November 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Anna W M Choi, P Y Chan, Ruby T F Lo, Liz C L Wong, Janet Y H Wong, Debbie H M Tang
OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of heal-change group (HCG) intervention-brief trauma-recovery group intervention applying a gender-specific cognitive behavioral approach-for Chinese-abused women in refuge centers was examined in a pretest-posttest comparison study. METHODS: A total of 100 women at three refuge centers in Hong Kong participated. Among them, 50 women from two centers joined the HCG and 50 women from the remaining center participated in a comparison mutual support group...
November 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Alicia C Bunger, Mathieu Despard, Madeline Lee, Yiwen Cao
PURPOSE: Nonprofit health and human service organizations (NPHSOs) encounter pressure to improve program quality to continue to secure financial resources. Yet, organizations also struggle to innovate, evaluate, and monitor quality absent sufficient resources. This study explores the relationship between NPHSOs' financial health and quality indicators. METHODS: Quality indicators were measured in an online survey with leaders from 32 nonprofit children's behavioral health organizations within a Midwestern urban region...
October 31, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Karen Oehme, Ann Perko, James Clark, Elizabeth C Ray, Laura Arpan, Lyndi Bradley
PURPOSE: This paper describes the development of a new psychoeducational universal prevention resilience program ( ) designed to complement existing mental health services at a large public university. The first set of descriptive data (n = 229) from the project's student surveys is discussed. METHODS: A voluntary and anonymous online questionnaire was used to determine student attitudes toward the new program. RESULTS: A large majority of participants (more than 80%) perceived the website to be credible, rating it as believable, trustworthy, and accurate...
October 29, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Nancy Rolock, Kerrie Ocasio, John Webb, Dondieneita Fleary-Simmons, Leslie Cohen, Rowena Fong
This article describes how implementation science and intervention research guided the process of selecting and implementing an evidence-informed intervention (Tuning in to Teens; TINT). TINT was provided as a selective prevention effort offered to families with youth aged 10 to 13 years old, with characteristics that suggest an elevated risk for post-permanency discontinuity. Usability testing findings: Contact was made with 54% of families, and 12% participated in the intervention. Multivariate results found no statistically significant differences between families who responded to outreach efforts and those who did not; families who participated in TINT and those who did not...
October 10, 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Lisa Reyes Mason, Jennifer Erwin, Aaron Brown, Kelsey N Ellis, Jon M Hathaway
PURPOSE: Extreme weather events are increasing with climate change. The physical and mental health of people served by social workers may be especially at risk from these hazards. This exploratory study examines if specific types of human, financial, physical, and social capital are associated with health impacts from excessive summer heat and extreme winter weather. METHOD: Data from resident surveys (N = 424) in low- and moderate-income areas of a Southeastern US city are analyzed with descriptive statistics and logistic regression...
September 2018: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
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