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Journal Cover   Journal of Applied Social Science
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   ISSN (Print) 1936-7244 - ISSN (Online) 1937-0245
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [814 journals]
  • A Discussion on the Practical Value of Sociology
    • Authors: Smith, T; Popov, L, Diana, A, David, G, Straus, R.
      Pages: 3 - 9
      PubDate: 2015-02-11T23:44:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414556958
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015)
  • Caseworker Perceptions of Private Agency Family Safety Program
    • Authors: Marshall, D; Lynxwiler, J, Gay, D. A.
      Pages: 10 - 21
      Abstract: Scholarly research on governmental privatization efforts has expanded in many areas. However, less is known about the effectiveness of family safety privatization efforts at the state level. In Florida, family safety privatization efforts have been underway for several years now, and while evaluations are taking place, they do not reflect one key piece of information—the perceptions of family safety workers. Interviews with former and current family safety workers who work or worked for public and private family safety agencies in one Florida County are examined to assess the impact of program privatization. The model of care that has been instituted post-privatization (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support [CARES]) has been perceived as more effective than the former state model; however, respondents noted several problems that accompanied the shift to privatization. These issues along with recommendations for future planning are explored.
      PubDate: 2015-02-11T23:44:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724413515247
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015)
  • Therapy with Migrant Farmer Mexican Immigrants: Problems and Possible
           Solutions from Sociology
    • Authors: Meacham; M.
      Pages: 22 - 34
      Abstract: Those helping people with mental and emotional problems face a myriad of labels and interventions. In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association developed the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental and Emotional Disorders (DSM) to bring some organization into the chaos, which affected professionals, third-party payers, the client, and her or his family. Today, after several editions, we use a newer version of the DSM, which covers many more maladies and helps much better in selecting interventions and recording progress (or lack of it). There always have been problems of reliability with the DSM, at least in part because it is patterned after the physicians’ International Classification of Diseases (ICD) series of physical disorders, most of which have symptoms that can be determined through direct observation or testing. Recently, the therapeutic community has realized that cultural issues and lifestyles may affect fairly well-adjusted people in ways that confuse therapists. This article argues that many problems faced by one culture, Mexican migrants, may better be addressed with sociological theory and other means than with the DSM.
      PubDate: 2015-02-11T23:44:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724413518209
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015)
  • Hispanic Caregiver Perceptions of Water Intake Recommendations for Young
           Children and Their Current Beverage Feeding Practices
    • Authors: Mason, M; Welch, S. B, Morales, M.
      Pages: 35 - 46
      Abstract: Hispanic children in the United States are at high risk of obesity. Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (SSB) is a modifiable contributor to obesity. Hispanic children are more likely to drink SSB than non-Hispanic white children. The main goal of the study was to explore caregiver beverage feeding behaviors and evaluate reactions to water intake recommendations for children birth to five years old in a diverse U.S. Hispanic urban community. Findings will be used to develop community- and population-specific intervention messaging for obesity prevention for this population. The study used a qualitative focus group design using constant comparison coding methods. Participants included 35 Hispanic caregivers of children aged 0–5 years living in a low-income, predominantly Hispanic community in Chicago, Illinois. We found young children in this community drink a variety of SSBs and caregivers choose beverages based on cost, availability, health, and behavioral concerns. Participants report altering beverages for a variety of reasons, family member disagreement regarding beverage feeding practices, and older family members’ influence on children’s preferences. Puerto Rican and Mexican American participants differed in the range of beverages provided, concerns regarding water intake, and beverage alteration and feeding practices. Caregivers universally believe the recommended water intake amount of four six-ounce servings daily for children is too high. Findings will inform message development to reduce SSB intake and increase water consumption among young children in this community. Messaging should be ethnic group specific, target all family members, build on current beverage alteration practices, and include nutrition information specific to young children.
      PubDate: 2015-02-11T23:44:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414526718
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015)
  • Teacher Responses to School Violence in Cape Town, South Africa
    • Authors: Shields, N; Nadasen, K, Hanneke, C.
      Pages: 47 - 64
      Abstract: Although researchers have been interested in the psychological impact of school and community violence on children in South Africa, little work has been done on the effects of exposure to school violence on teachers. de Wet’s exploratory study of South African teachers and administrators is an exception, although her focus was on student bullying of school personnel that included violence, rather than violence per se. Because there is so little research on the impact of school violence on educators in South Africa, we took an exploratory approach conducting four focus groups (and one in-depth interview) to investigate the impact of school violence on educators. Specifically, the research focused on school violence and its social and psychological effects from the perspective of educators in South Africa. The research also included a standardized measure of exposure to violence and victimization, and a measure of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Eight major themes emerged in the focus groups and interview; the most common theme was frustration and the fourth most common theme was actually teacher aggression and the use of corporal punishment as a response to learner violence. The findings are discussed in the context of violence in postapartheid South Africa, and in terms of social–psychological theories of violence and sociological perspectives on "mock" bureaucracy and role breadth. Possible interventions to reduce social and psychological distress as well as school violence are also discussed.
      PubDate: 2015-02-11T23:44:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414528181
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015)
  • Toward an Understanding of Food Pantry Food Recipients and the Agencies
           that Serve Them
    • Authors: Will, J. A; Milligan, T. A.
      Pages: 65 - 74
      Abstract: Second Harvest North Florida (Second Harvest) provides food for approximately 450 organizations/agencies covering 17 counties in North Florida. These organizations that receive food include meal providers ("soup kitchens"), food pantries, religious organizations, and small, independent groups. In 2011, Second Harvest distributed more than 20 million pounds of food, an increase of 162% since 2008 (Second Harvest 2012). While it is clear that Second Harvest provides a large number of agencies and providers with increasing amounts of food for distribution, much less is known about who is hungry and what the "profile" of these recipients looks like. Local news reports and anecdotes from providers cite the increased number and "changing face" of poor requesting food assistance, but a more in-depth analysis of recipients is very much needed. In this paper we reflect on the process and results of surveys conducted with approximately 250 North Florida agencies and with more than 500 people waiting in line at 26 food pantries across the seven-county Northeast Florida region. The findings from the surveys with the agencies and the clients are clear that a number of people are facing significant problems with regard to food security, and that little optimism exists that things will get better anytime soon.
      PubDate: 2015-02-11T23:44:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724413509249
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015)
  • "Practicing Anthropology in the Private Sector." Special issue. Practicing
           Anthropology 36(2). 56 pp. by Amy Goldmacher, and Amy Santee
    • Authors: Popov; L.
      Pages: 75 - 77
      PubDate: 2015-02-11T23:44:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414557385
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015)
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