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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  [2 journals]
  • Services Responding to Domestic Violence Survivors’ Needs: A Study of
           Pennsylvania Providers’ Perspective

    • Authors: Yasoda Sharma, John Vafeas
      Abstract: This research examined domestic violence services and programs provided in rural and urban Pennsylvania. It identified the potential gaps in services and assessed programs adequacies from the perspective of program leaders. The study examined the needs and characteristics of both agencies and their clients.  In addition, barriers to effective delivery of domestic violence services in Pennsylvania was examined. A Structured questionnaire was used as a primary method of data collection and explored answers for research question on the challenges and opportunities Domestic Violence agencies’ leaderships experiences in providing services. Sampling frame included 60 service providers from Pennsylvania, of which 45 agencies serving the survivors of Domestic Violence participated. Funding for this research was provided by a University grant and the partnership with Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence provided technical assistance and access to agencies. The agency leaders who agreed to participate were contacted and both in person and telephonic interviews were conducted. The interview lasted for about 45 -60 minutes. The study found that there is a wide consensus among leaders that transportation and transitional housing services are inadequate in their program service areas while services like crisis hotline, general advocacy and case management are exceptional. Over 50% of the agencies did not comment on the adequacies of the services such as Job Coaching, Immigrations services, Divorce/Custody representation, and Criminal Court representation. The results have several policy implications regarding federal and state government programs, specifically considerations to fund transportation, transitional housing and legal advocacy services.
      PubDate: 2022-04-25
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v22i3.1607
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 3 (2022)
  • Uncovering social workers’ knowledge use

    • Authors: Lisa Wallander
      Abstract: The aim of this study was to explore whether social workers can become more explicit about their knowledge use if they are assisted in analyzing the rationales underlying their conclusions about diagnosis and treatment. By dissecting the rationales provided by 46 Swedish social work practitioners and students in response to two case vignettes describing vulnerable children and their families, and by systematically comparing the rationales generated by two methods of data collection, the study arrived at mixed results. At the general level, the analyses showed that the social workers were indeed more explicit about their knowledge use when assisted in analyzing their rationales. However, there was substantial variation across different types of argument components. While a majority of the respondents spontaneously provided basic level arguments, prompts were often required for them to make explicit the level of uncertainty associated with a conclusion, and to elicit information about specific knowledge sources. Further, most social workers failed to provide a more general explanation for why they inferred a specific conclusion from the data, even when queried. Finally, the results indicated that the knowledge underlying conclusions about treatment was more prevalent and/or explicit in social workers’ reasoning than the knowledge used for arriving at conclusions about diagnosis.
      PubDate: 2022-04-07
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v22i3.1638
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 3 (2022)
  • Participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS): A Critical
           Methodological Approach for Urban Social Work Research

    • Authors: Kristi Roybal
      Abstract: This paper explores the utility of participatory GIS as a methodological approach for urban social work research focused on socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and resident health and well-being. The discussion begins with a brief overview of social work’s person-in-environment framework and the historical use of mapping in social work research and practice. Participatory GIS is then outlined and evaluated in the context of social work values and critical social work scholarship. Finally, consideration is given to the steps social work researchers can take to develop GIS skills and integrate participatory GIS into their community-based scholarship.
      PubDate: 2022-04-07
      DOI: 10.1921/swssr.v22i3.1759
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 3 (2022)
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