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Social Work & Social Sciences Review
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ISSN (Print) 0953-5225 - ISSN (Online) 1746-6105
Published by Whiting and Birch Homepage  [3 journals]
  • Young people and perceived achievements on social media: the needfulness
           of social work services in Nigerian tertiary schools

    • Authors: Prince Agwu, Chidera Emesobum, Chinweoke Ugwu, Nneka Okafor, Chidera Ekeh, Perpetua Lum Tanyi
      Abstract: Material and non-material achievements are replete on social media, and they are perceived differently by people. We sought to provide evidence on how young undergraduates relate with these perceived achievements on social media, the prospects and problems associated with such perceptions, and the implications for psychosocial support services in higher institutions in Nigeria. Guided by phenomenology, 30 young undergraduates across two universities in Nigeria were interviewed. Elicited data were analysed in themes, and identity theory provided the conceptual framework. Despite the positives taken from the perceived achievements on social media, there were considerable negative influences, affecting the character and esteem of young people. The students expressed interest in seeking psychosocial services, which were unavailable. Our study buttresses the need to mainstream social work and other psychosocial services in Nigerian tertiary schools for the comprehensive development of students.
      PubDate: 2022-11-07
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i1.2010
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022)
  • Editorial

    • Authors: jerome Carson, Marcus Chiu
      Pages: 3 - 4
      PubDate: 2022-11-07
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i1.2063
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022)
  • Neglect of normative principles by social work practitioners:
           Recommendations for social work education

    • Authors: Anna Katharina Kolbeck, Mathias Blanz
      First page: 5
      Abstract: Two hundred and four German social work practitioners were reviewed to what extent they neglect ethical and normative principles in their daily professional social work practice. The principles have been derived from the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), and the German Professional Association for Social Work (DBSH). Different from expectations, factor analyses led to a classification of these neglects into three areas: the neglect of goals of the profession (e.g., improving social work's public image), of guidelines for dealing with clients (e.g., not favoring one client over another), and regarding general regulations of careful work (e.g., documenting one's daily actions). Item analyses and scale formations for these three domains are described. In addition, correlation analyses with eight validity variables document convergent, discriminant and criterion validity of the elaborated scales. Finally, the meaning of the three dimensions and the consequences for educating ethical principles in social work are discussed. In addition, suggestions are given to improve the assessment instrument in further research.
      PubDate: 2022-08-23
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i1.1776
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022)
  • A project providing clinical input to youth justice services informed by
           principles of trauma-informed practice

    • Authors: Craig Griffiths, Philip John Archard, Alexander Levy, Stevie-Jade Hardy, Jeanette Bowlay-Williams, Kayleigh Lord
      First page: 21
      Abstract: Abstract: This article describes an innovative initiative based on principles of trauma-informed care which involves clinicians from a specialist child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) team providing input to youth justice services. At a local level, the project seeks to help address recognised gaps in service provision whereby children and young people involved with the criminal justice system are afforded inconsistent access to care and treatment yet recognised as being at increased risk for having experienced early adversity and suffering mental health difficulties. The article takes stock of the project’s development via reference to three interlinked strands of work it incorporates: work supporting staff; direct work with children and young people; and training workshops for professionals. Reference is also made to the findings of an evaluation of the project. In so doing, the article adds further support to arguments for a senior clinician role in CAMHS provision linked to youth justice services, and the necessity of staff training to embed this role and support the recognition of trauma.
      PubDate: 2022-10-11
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i1.1625
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022)
  • Resilience needs of retrenched workers: An intervention study of
           retrenched workers in Harare, Zimbabwe.

    • Authors: Maurice Kwembeya, Dhlomo-Sibiya Rosemond Mbaliyezwe
      Pages: 36 - 54
      Abstract: Job loss comes with severe challenges that affect the psychosocial, economic, and overall wellbeing of victims. Providing such affected persons with psychosocial support is recommended as an important element of building resilience. Thus the study sought to help the retrenched workers to become aware of the resilience needs to facilitate early supportive programmes before the conditions become severe. Purposive sampling was used to select a sample size of 19 participants. The sample size was determined by the saturation level which occurred when the participants were repeating responses. The participants had varied educational backgrounds and previous work-related experiences. Of the participants, 12 (63%) were permanently employed before retrenchment while the other 7(37%) were not. In-depth interviews were conducted, using semi-structured interview guides, to collect data on the resilience needs of the sample. Data were grouped into themes, categories, subcategories and analysed using both content and thematic analysis. The study found that premature loss of employment through retrenchment brings a sense of hopelessness, helplessness, uncertainty, guilt, and shame among the retrenched workers. It was concluded that social connectedness, relational structures, and emotional regulation were important protective factors of building resilience in the face of employment loss. Functional cognitive skills enabled the retrenched workers to exercise positive thinking. Professional mental health counselling services helped to restore the lost hope and confidence among the retrenched workers.

      PubDate: 2022-08-17
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v22i3.1771
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022)
  • The professional Quality of Life and its Relation to Self-Care in
           Mediation Professionals

    • Authors: Jose Nogueiro, Ana J. Cañas-Lerma, M. Elena Cuartero-Castañer, Ignacio Bolaños
      Pages: 55 - 73
      Abstract: When people or groups in conflict initiate a mediation process to try to reach an agreement, painful and distressing feelings emerge. Mediation professionals facilitate and promote understanding despite the suffering that arises along the way. Previous research has confirmed the impact of professional quality of life and self-care on successful task performance. This research is a pioneering study in the occupational field of mediation. The purpose of this study was to analyse the efficacy of personal and professional self-care practices in relation to the quality of professional life of Spanish mediators. Mediators presented moderately high levels of compassion satisfaction but also had moderately high levels of burnout and compassion fatigue. Self-care positively correlated with compassion satisfaction and negatively with burnout and compassion fatigue. Positive associations were found between self-care and professional quality of life. Such a finding can help create personal and professional self-care practices to improve the lives of professionals.
      PubDate: 2022-10-11
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i1.1972
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022)
  • The Interaction of Ideology and Institutions in Treating Violent Men

    • Authors: Peter M. Jansson, Steven Saxonberg
      Pages: 74 - 86
      Abstract: Since Sweden has a reputation for having a pragmatic, technocratic approach to solving social problems, the question arises as to why the country uses different methods at the national and the local level for treating violent men. If studies show that one method is superior to others, we would expect both levels of government to use similar treatment methods. Despite the emphasis on pragmatic solutions, ideology plays an important role, as the Swedish government in recent decades has largely accepted the New Public Management approach to governance. However, because of differences in institutional arrangements, it becomes logically appropriate for the national level to utilize a different type of therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) than the local level (Psycho Dynamic Therapy among others). Thus, a combination of an ideological shift to New Public Management and institutional differences can explain the differences in therapeutic approaches, rather than reliance on scientific studies.
      PubDate: 2022-10-11
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v23i1.1896
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022)
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