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International Journal of Social Work
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ISSN (Print) 2332-7278
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  • Lexical Deviations in the Speech of Schizophrenic Patients in Cameroon

    • Authors: FOSSUNG Noutock Gilbert
      Abstract: This study examined some Lexical deviations in the speech of some Schizophrenic patients in Cameroon. The work dealt with Schizophrenia from a Cameroonian point of view. We therefore set out to report the different Lexical lapses in the language of schizophrenic patients. The study included 09 patients in the Jamot hospital, which is found at the Mballa II neighbourhood in the Centre Region of Cameroon (Yaoundé). The place of the study was appropriate because the Jamot Hospital has a psychiatric center and the unit receives patients nationwide. We were therefore sure to have patients who came from different regions of the country and the diagnoses were of good standard because of the specialists the center has. Our data were collected principally with the use of interviews. The qualitative technique was used to analyse data. Analysis showed that patients suffered from phenomena such as neologism, repetition of utterances and rare vocabulary. The most significantly affected feature was neologism (P<0.05); seven out of nine patients suffered from neologism, making a total of 77% of patients affected. Other features affected were: rare vocabulary (22%) and repetition (11%). Though these patients faced great difficulties in managing their daily activities, they may however join society again and live a normal life if proper treatment and follow-up is done on a regular basis. Further research could be done on the Morphosyntax of schizophrenic patients.
      PubDate: Mon, 29 May 2023 00:00:00 -070
  • Impact of Volunteer Work on Improving the Quality of Social Life from the
           Perspective of Social Work Specialists

    • Authors: Aref Alsehaimi
      Abstract: Quality of social life is a good aim for all components of civil and volunteer work in Saudi society. This study examined the impact of volunteer work on improving the quality of social life from the perspective of social work specialists in Saudi universities. The study used several indicators: The volunteer’s ability to build social relationships, build human capacities, and manage living life, as well as their sense of satisfaction and satisfaction of basic and social needs. Descriptive analysis of variables was performed on data collected from four Saudi universities: King Saud University, um Al-Qura University, Princess Nourah University, and the University of Hail; 180 social work specialists were randomly enrolled, including faculty members and male and female students. The results revealed that the general impact of volunteer work on improving the quality of social life was 2.44 ± 0.68 (mean ± standard deviation) and that the overall average of the role of social work in supporting volunteer work and improving the quality of social life was 2.35 ± 0.71. Civil society institutions should implement volunteer work programs that improve the quality of social, economic, health, and environmental life in Saudi society.
      PubDate: Thu, 27 Apr 2023 00:00:00 -070
  • Exploring the Usage of Social Media to Increase Awareness of End-of-Life
           Care for Korean American Communities: A Case Report

    • Authors: Kathy Lee; Jessica Cassidy, Jaci Mitchell, Hye-Won Shin
      Abstract: Summary: Korean American older adults often lack understanding of end-of-life care, particularly advance care planning and hospice. Somang Society is a nonprofit organization in the U.S. serving Korean American older adults and their family caregivers to promote healthy aging, dignity in later life, and a meaningful death. We aimed to analyze education and outreach efforts of Somang Society to increase awareness among Korean Americans on the importance of end-of-life care. This case report assesses the metrics and performance analytics of Somang Society’s YouTube channel and videos uploaded from January 1st, 2019 to September 31th, 2021, as well as GIS data regarding their membership.Findings: Findings of this report indicate that YouTube may be a feasible method to broaden outreach efforts to increase education and awareness on end-of-life care planning in the Korean American community. Particularly, a multi-messaging mobile application helped distribute useful information between Korean Americans. Applications: Community-based organizations may leverage social media platforms to increase education and awareness efforts targeting underserved populations, including culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
      PubDate: Wed, 01 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -080
  • Developing a Trauma-Informed Culturally-Based Intervention (TICBI)
           Approach for Refugee Resettlement Practices

    • Authors: Nimo Bokore; Susan Lee McGrath, Patricia McGuire, Abdirizak Karod, Mitra Rahimpour, Ajani Asokumar
      Abstract: Trauma-informed interventions have recently received more attention in the field of refugee resettlement and mental health. Although these interventions can be helpful to all trauma survivors, our model offers enhanced and cultural-based practice benefiting war-related trauma survivors, especially those from Post-Colonial nations. This model is based on needs identified by participants and collaboratively developed with the research team and the community. Our community-based participatory research (CBPR) began with three objectives. The first was to explore the current use of culturally-based, trauma-informed interventions and to assess service users’ (SUs) and service providers (SPs) experiences. This was accopmlished by collaborating with a local community agency. The second objective was to identify service needs and gaps. The third objective involved working with the project’s steering community members to develop a more effective model of interventions that can be used by resettlement and mental health agencies supporting refugees. During analysis, we examined the unique challenges identified by SUs and SPs to create a trauma-informed culturally-based intervention model (TICBI).We used a mixed-method study involving focus groups, individual interviews, and surveys with 23 service users (SUs) and 20 service providers (SPs). The barriers identified by the SUs included lack of access to needs-based assistance, cultural and linguistic misunderstandings, and marginalization. The barriers identified by the SPs included lack of structural/organizational support, lack of funding, large caseloads, and burnout risk.
      PubDate: Tue, 10 Jan 2023 19:18:14 -080
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