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  Subjects -> SOCIAL SERVICES AND WELFARE (Total: 224 journals)
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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
ACOSS Papers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Adoption & Fostering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Advances in Social Work     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
African Journal of Social Work     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
African Safety Promotion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
African Security     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Argumentum     Open Access  
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Asian Journal of Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Asian Social Work and Policy Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Australasian Journal of Human Security     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Australasian Policing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Australian Ageing Agenda     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Australian Journal of Emergency Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 30)
Australian Journal of Social Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Australian Journal on Volunteering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Australian Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
AZARBE : Revista Internacional de Trabajo Social y Bienestar     Open Access  
Bakti Budaya     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
British Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68)
Campbell Systematic Reviews     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Canadian Social Work Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Care Management Journals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Clinical Social Work Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Columbia Social Work Review     Open Access  
Communities, Children and Families Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Community Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Community, Work & Family     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
ConCienciaSocial     Open Access  
Contemporary Rural Social Work     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Counsellor (The)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Critical and Radical Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Critical Policy Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Cuadernos de Trabajo Social     Open Access  
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Developmental Child Welfare     Hybrid Journal  
Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Em Pauta : Teoria Social e Realidade Contemporânea     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethics and Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
European Journal of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
European Journal of Social Security     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
European Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
European Review of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Families in Society : The Journal of Contemporary Social Services     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Finnish Journal of eHealth and eWelfare : Finjehew     Open Access  
Geopolitical, Social Security and Freedom Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Global Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Global Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Grief Matters : The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Groupwork     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Health & Social Care In the Community     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47)
Health and Social Care Chaplaincy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Health and Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61)
HOLISTICA ? Journal of Business and Public Administration     Open Access  
Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Housing Policy Debate     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Indonesian Journal of Guidance and Counseling     Open Access  
International Journal of Ageing and Later Life     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Care and Caring     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Disability Management Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of School Social Work     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Social Research Methodology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66)
International Journal of Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Social Work     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 70)
International Journal on Child Maltreatment : Research, Policy and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Social Science Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
International Social Security Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
International Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Islamic Counseling : Jurnal Bimbingan Konseling Islam     Open Access  
Janus Sosiaalipolitiikan ja sosiaalityön tutkimuksen aikakauslehti     Open Access  
Journal for Specialists in Group Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Accessibility and Design for All     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Care Services Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology     Partially Free   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Community Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Comparative Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Comparative Social Work     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Danubian Studies and Research     Open Access  
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of European Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Family Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Forensic Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Healthcare Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Human Rights and Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Integrated Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Language and Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Occupational Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 285)
Journal of Policy Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Policy Practice and Research     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Prevention & Intervention Community     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory & Research     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 129)
Journal of Public Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Social Development in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Social Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Social Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Journal of Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
Journal of Social Service Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 78)
Journal of Social Work Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Social Work in the Global Community     Open Access  
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Jurnal Karya Abdi Masyarakat     Open Access  
Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Kontext : Zeitschrift für Systemische Therapie und Familientherapie     Hybrid Journal  
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access  
Learning in Health and Social Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Leidfaden : Fachmagazin für Krisen, Leid, Trauer     Hybrid Journal  
Links to Health and Social Care     Open Access  
Maltrattamento e abuso all’infanzia     Full-text available via subscription  
Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Mental Health and Social Inclusion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Mental Health and Substance Use: dual diagnosis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Mundos do Trabalho     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
National Emergency Response     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 68)
Nordic Social Work Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research     Open Access  
Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Nouvelles pratiques sociales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Nusantara of Research: Jurnal Hasil-hasil Penelitian Universitas Nusantara PGRI Kediri     Open Access  
Parity     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Partner Abuse     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Pedagogia i Treball Social : Revista de Cičncies Socials Aplicades     Open Access  
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 146)
Personality and Social Psychology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 49)
Philosophy & Social Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Policy Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Practice: Social Work in Action     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Prospectiva : Revista de Trabajo Social e Intervención Social     Open Access  
Psychoanalytic Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Public Policy and Aging Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Qualitative Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Qualitative Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Race and Social Problems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Research in Social Stratification and Mobility     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Research on Economic Inequality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Research on Language and Social Interaction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Research on Social Work Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Review of Social Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Revista Internacional De Seguridad Social     Hybrid Journal  
Revista Serviço Social em Perspectiva     Open Access  
Safer Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
Science and Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Self and Identity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Service social     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Skriftserien Socialt Arbejde     Open Access  
Social Action : The Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology     Free   (Followers: 2)
Social and Personality Psychology Compass     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Social Behavior and Personality : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Social Choice and Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Social Cognition     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Social Compass     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Social Influence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Social Justice Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Social Philosophy and Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Social Policy & Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Social Policy and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 114)
Social Science Japan Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Social Semiotics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Social Work & Social Sciences Review     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Social Work / Maatskaplike Werk     Open Access  
Social Work and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Social Work Education: The International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Social Work Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Social Work Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Social Work With Groups     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika     Open Access  
Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift     Open Access  

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International Social Work
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      Abstract: International Social Work, Volume 65, Issue 3, Page 405-405, May 2022.

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      Abstract: International Social Work, Volume 65, Issue 3, Page 568-570, May 2022.

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  • Erratum to International Social Work Volume 65 Issue 1

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  • Indigenous knowledge and social work education in Nigeria: Challenges and
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      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social work education in Africa is faced with a myriad of challenges that require immediate attention for a sustainable future. If the principles of social justice, human rights and respect for diversities are central to the social work profession, then the education and practice of social work in Nigeria should be culturally relevant in engaging people and structures to address challenges. Participants for the study included four social work educators, 10 social work students and four social work practitioners. Findings from the research suggest the need for a paradigm shift from Western pedagogy to a more inclusive Nigerian pedagogy for a sustainable future.
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  • Recognition, social work and homelessness

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      Authors: Chris Horsell
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      This article explores the role of homeless voices in constructing knowledge about homelessness and the development of policy and service delivery responses to homeless people. Specifically, the article highlights the suggestive value position for social work encapsulated in Honneth’s concept of recognition as a framework from which to understand and incorporate homeless voices in the construction of knowledge about and policy responses to homelessness. While written with an Australian focus, the argument has implications for social work at an international level.
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  • Nordic welfare chauvinism: A comparative study of welfare chauvinism in
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      Authors: David Andreas Bell, Marko Valenta, Zan Strabac
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      This study analyses welfare chauvinist attitudes in the generous welfare states of Sweden, Norway and Finland. We find that strict forms of exclusionary welfare chauvinism are near non-existent. However, Finland, Norway and Sweden are in the top tier in Europe when it comes to beliefs that immigrants need to obtain citizenship before being given equal rights to social benefits. This may indicate a future turn in social policy when it comes to inclusion of non-citizens, with significant implications for social workers. We further analyse welfare chauvinism by exploring socio-economic factors, satisfaction with the country, and attitudes towards both benefits and immigrants.
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  • Physical accessibility in Malaysian higher educational institutions:
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      Authors: Cheong Chong Chan, Yusmarhaini Yusof, Fatimah Zailly Ahmad Ramli, Azlin Hilma Hillaluddin, Zarina Mat Saad
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      In Malaysia, inclusiveness for people with disabilities in higher education remains a challenge. This study addresses the perception of 52 students with disabilities of their campuses’ physical accessibility. The survey shows partial dissatisfaction with facilities, with seniors displaying the highest discontent. In addition, interviews with 14 students reveal opinion discrepancies between students with visual impairments and those with other physical disabilities. The overall findings imply that inclusive education for students with disabilities is far from achieved. Thus, Malaysian social work has a critical role in intervening and advocating for inclusiveness in higher education.
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  • Feminisms in social work and social care: Backwards, forwards or something
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      Authors: Barbara Fawcett
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The various feminisms create a complex and sometimes contradictory picture. Within social work and social care, there has been a mixed reception. However, it is maintained that a gendered analysis in a profession where women remain in the majority remains highly relevant. In particular, the continuing and increasing pay gap and the relatively low numbers of women in senior positions are used as markers. Similarly, comparisons between ‘choice’ feminism and current practices are appraised. It is argued that critical deconstructive analyses drawn from postmodern feminism remain significant in both naming and addressing pervasive gender inequalities in national and international arenas.
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  • Communal parenting, marriage and children in Papua, Indonesia: Insights
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      Authors: Siti Rohmanatin Fitriani, Carole Zufferey, Nada Ibrahim
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article provides new social work knowledge about the parenting practices of Papuan parents, which includes their perceptions of marriage and having children. This qualitative ethnographic study included participant observation and individual semi-structured interviews with 49 Papuan parents (34 mothers and 15 fathers), who were interviewed across five different Papuan regencies: Supiori, Jayapura, Jayawijaya, Boven Digul and Mimika. A key finding was that communal parenting and having multiple children were perceived to be a community responsibility, which burdened Papuan women who were continuously occupied in childbearing and rearing.
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      PubDate: 2022-05-19T06:28:23Z
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  • Raising the ‘environmental question’ in social work in Canada
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      Authors: Tina E Wilson, Heather Lynch, Verena K Fisch
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      This article contributes a comparative review of social work in Canada and Scotland to international conversations about social work and the environment. The ‘environmental question’ of the 21st century is a radical challenge to social work developed in relation to the ‘social question’ of the 19th century. Work to begin to include the natural environment within high-income state social work can expect to encounter established infrastructures of thinking and doing that will be difficult to shift. We, therefore, compare guiding social work policy documents and identify points of tension that are likely to be shared across wealthy national contexts.
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      PubDate: 2022-05-19T06:26:23Z
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  • Personal and environmental factors associated with self-reported
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      Authors: Ester Zychlinski, Michal Itzick, Maya Kagan
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      Resilience is a very significant issue in the context of social work practice and therefore receives a great deal of research interest. However, certain factors and combinations of factors that could explain the variability in resilience among social workers have not yet received proper research attention. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the contribution of several personal factors (gender and length of work experience) and environmental factors (subjection to client violence, social support, and social and economic exchange in the employee–organization relationship) to self-reported resilience among social workers in Israel. Structured questionnaires were administered to 346 social workers. The findings suggest that previous subjection to violence by clients was associated with lower levels of self-reported resilience. Perceived social support and social exchange were positively associated with self-reported resilience. However, gender, length of professional experience, and economic exchange were not significantly associated with self-reported resilience among social workers.
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  • Social exclusion of US immigrants in the 21st century: A systematic review
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      Authors: Sunwoo Lee
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Corresponding to the growth of the immigrant population in the late-20th and early-21st centuries, immigrants’ difficulties have been intensified and diversified in the United States. Drawing on the lens of social exclusion, this study aims to synthesize recent qualitative studies on immigrants’ challenges in the United States. This study conducted a systematic review with 22 studies on immigrants’ exclusion experiences. Results from this study indicate several types of immigrants’ social exclusion and barriers to their inclusion. The findings of this study fortify our understanding of the social exclusion dynamics among immigrants and provide meaningful implications for their social inclusion.
      Citation: International Social Work
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  • Poverty in Arab-Palestinian society in Israel: Social work perspectives
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      Authors: Ensherah Khoury, Michal Krumer-Nevo
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Arab-Palestinian families have one of the highest poverty rates in Israel. However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding this population from a social work perspective. This article presents an analysis of 64 supervision sessions held with Arab-Palestinian social workers with the aim of identifying context-specific knowledge on the barriers service users face in their daily lives. Our findings point to three types of barriers: economic, sociopolitical, and cultural/political. The article relates to the intersections of these barriers before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-09T09:39:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221091125
       
  • Child protection social workers facing the Covid-19 challenge

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      Authors: Valentina Calcaterra, Camilla Landi
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The Covid-19 pandemic forced social workers to rethink how they perform their functions. This process was particularly challenging for child protection social workers, who had to understand how to continue to support families and children despite social distancing rules and the suspension of some activities. Three online focus groups were conducted with 18 child protection social workers to explore the Italian child protection social workers’ functions during the Covid-19 pandemic. This study presents the reflections shared by these social workers on their experiences and the new awareness they acquired while performing their work in support of families during the pandemic.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-05T09:56:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221088715
       
  • Compassion fatigue among social workers in juvenile offender systems in
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      Authors: Claudia Reyes-Quilodran, Mary C Ruffolo, Shih-Ya Chang
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      In the past few decades, both the local and international press have addressed flaws within the juvenile justice systems in Chile. However, very few studies have examined the support provided to social workers working in this field. This article, using exploratory survey research methods, explores the perspective of social workers about how these systems support their well-being and overall work functioning. The survey uses a snowball sampling technique to reach social workers who work in nonprofit organizations serving juvenile offenders in the metropolitan region in Chile. The results show that social workers are experiencing moderate levels of compassion fatigue. Different issues emerged centered on a lack of organizational support related to teamwork, training, and pay.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-02T06:32:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221088169
       
  • Ubuntu among the ‘born frees’: Exploring the transmission of social
           values through community engagement in South Africa

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      Authors: Stephanie Blickfeldt Willmore, Randal Day, Jini L Roby, Savathrie Maistry
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Ubuntu was recently adopted as the first theme for the 2020–2030 global agenda for social work, and yet little research is available to explore how it is transmitted and implemented in communities. The authors present findings of a qualitative study conducted in an academic setting in South Africa, where the transmission of Ubuntu was discussed among 30 young adult ‘born frees’. Students seemed to embrace principles of Ubuntu as a whole; however, economic, social and cultural strains are documented as obstacles to its pragmatic application. Implications of community engagement through service learning as a means of strengthening Ubuntu are discussed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-04-07T10:16:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221086151
       
  • Positioning structural social work in Indian context

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      Authors: Baiju P Vareed, Carmen Plante, Rincy Sebastian
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Postmodern ideologies and human rights movements in the last quarter of the 20th century contributed to the development of a critical, radical approach in social work practice and education in North America. This ‘structural social work’ approach argues that social problems are largely the result of oppressive social structures, not individual deficiencies. Social workers are ethically obligated to change oppressive structures rather than simply helping clients to adjust to them. Structural social work, a transformative approach, can benefit Indian society. This article discusses introducing ‘structural social work’ into an Indian social work context and proposes a framework for its practice.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-04-01T11:04:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221083773
       
  • Is mediation a profession' Views of professionals and trainers from an
           international perspective

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      Authors: Marta Blanco
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The main aim of this article is to understand whether, in the opinion of experts and professionals, mediation has sufficient substance to be considered an autonomous profession in comparison with other professions and specifically with social work. For this purpose, a qualitative study was performed based on an analysis of the data obtained from 17 interviews and three focus groups held with participants from eight different countries. Above all, the conclusions of this study offer an international and multidisciplinary perspective that should be taken into account in order to clarify and resolve the difficulties affecting the professional status of mediators.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-04-01T11:01:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221082396
       
  • Social work, neoliberalism, and post-disaster intervention: The 1985,
           2010, and 2015 Chilean earthquakes

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      Authors: Juan Saavedra, Catalina Alvarado-Cañuta
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The article analyzes the contexts and specificities of post-disaster social work intervention based on the testimonies of social workers who participated in the recovery and normalization processes after the earthquakes of 1985, 2010, and 2015 in Chile. The neoliberal context has influence in the social intervention. As neoliberalism deepens, there is more technology and better access to material resources, but at the same time, professional autonomy and community knowledge decrease. Research suggests there is a need for further critical discussion about how social work has been colonized by neoliberalism, even in seemingly neutral issues such as post-disaster intervention.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-04-01T01:23:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221085404
       
  • A no man’s land – social work in ‘in-between’ conflict settings:
           Ethical challenges and dilemmas in Kufr Aqab

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      Authors: Amal Elsana, Karen Paul, Myriam Denov
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, we draw upon the context of Kufr Aqab – a ‘no-man’s land’ neither controlled by the Palestinian Authority nor Israel – to demonstrate the complex and multifaceted ethical dilemmas faced by social workers practising in ‘in-between’ conflict settings. Ethical challenges relate to social workers’ safety and security, as well as their capacity to deliver meaningful change. We argue that despite the challenging and often violent environments in which they work, social workers demonstrate important competencies to overcome these dilemmas by drawing upon and utilizing personal and community resources. We highlight calls to action for both social work practitioners and researchers.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-18T12:52:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221079228
       
  • Environmental social work through the African philosophy of Ubuntu: A
           conceptual analysis

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      Authors: Robert K Chigangaidze
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social work has been involved with the interactions between human beings and their environment since its inception. Environmental social work can expand the profession beyond its boundaries. Similarly, Ubuntu is the philosophy that has the potential to provide global messaging for the interactions between human beings and their environment. Utilizing concept analysis, this article endeavours to expand Ubuntu philosophy to the concept of Environmental Social Work. Notably, Ubuntu is relevant in the components of human relations to nature, food security, climate change, natural disasters, sustainable development and ecospiritual social work. Unequivocally, Ubuntu is a philosophy relevant to Environmental Social Work.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-18T12:51:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073382
       
  • Advancing community engagement within the context of tribal social work

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      Authors: Raisuyah Bhagwan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Attention to advancing engagement in social work has grown within the global discourse on community engagement in higher education. It is against this backdrop that this article sought to explore the process of engagement and the benefits of engagement for social work students at a university in Mumbai, India. The study is salient as it focuses on community engagement, particularly service learning at the interface of tribal social work. Data were collected using a qualitative approach. Semi-structured in-depth interviews and focus group discussions were held with students (n = 23) and social work educators (n = 7). The study captured the process of preparing students for engagement and found that their social work learning experiences were strengthened through immersion in a tribal community, in India.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-17T10:54:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221081604
       
  • Reimagining Indigenised social work in Uganda: Voices of practitioners

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      Authors: Charles Kiiza Wamara, Janestic Twikirize, Maria Bennich, Thomas Strandberg
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Using thematic analysis, this study examined social workers’ (n = 21) descriptions of what Indigenised social work practice in Uganda entails. Responses from semi-structured interviews revealed the following three themes that inform social workers’ understanding of Indigenised social work practice: (1) collective action and mutuality, (2) communal welfare and respect for life and (3) liberation and restoration. The discussion aims at understanding the hallmarks of each description in relation to the notions of Indigenised social work as culturally inclusive and responsive practice, developmental social work and political action.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-12T11:32:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221081823
       
  • Enhancing environmental wellbeing: What social workers can learn from
           hybrid business activities

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      Authors: Sylvia Ramsay, Jennifer Boddy, Donna McAuliffe, Leia Greenslade
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article describes activities and strategies hybrid businesses use to enhance environmental wellbeing, including a mix of modelling, education, stewardship, collaboration and nature connection. It is based on a multi-case study focusing on three hybrid businesses. Observation indicated there were benefits for both the natural environment and to people involved with the organisations, suggesting caring for the environment and for people can occur concurrently. Activities described could be adopted by social workers interested in increasing environmental wellbeing and justice, including a focus on the environment in social work and promoting the implementation of an alternative social-economic world system.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-11T11:24:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221082000
       
  • Social work in Azerbaijan: Achievements and challenges of the profession

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      Authors: Aytakin Huseynli
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The professional social work in Azerbaijan started in 2005 with the Master of Social Work degree and it rapidly evolved. The article presents the findings of the study that evaluated the situation of the social work profession since its establishment. The sample size was 39 respondents. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and focus groups. The study found rapid development, institutionalization, and acceptance of social work by public agencies as achievements, and the wrong image of social work, lack of jobs for social work graduates, uninformed selection of social work by students, and low salaries for social workers as challenges.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-10T12:27:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221075824
       
  • Beyond the state: Developments and trends in critical social work in
           Switzerland and Hungary

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      Authors: Zsolt Temesváry, Matthias Drilling
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines the developments and current trends in the practice of critical social work in Hungary and Switzerland based on the international literature on critical social work, as well as Hungarian and Swiss publications that are less known to the international scientific community. The study concludes that contemporary Swiss and Hungarian critical social work is in close relationship with civil society and is particularly effective in intervening where state-run social services are less efficient. This includes the areas of migration aid and homeless care in both countries, and the support of the Roma people in Hungary.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-04T01:07:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073792
       
  • Exploring semester abroad as a model for developing competencies for
           international social work

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      Authors: Chaitali Das, Verena Rösner
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Student exposure to international contexts can support students to develop a variety of knowledge, values and skills for social work practice in a globalised world. While various models of internationalisation in social work education exist, semester abroad models have received scant attention in international social work. This article presents perceived learning outcomes for German social work students who participated in an integrated semester abroad programme within the European Union, that are comparable to other international pedagogies. The model showcases reciprocal study abroad arrangements between universities located in neighbouring countries that has implications for such internationalisation beyond exchanges between North-South countries.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-03T05:17:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221080707
       
  • An exploratory study on the challenges faced by social workers working
           with transnational families in Singapore

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      Authors: Elaine Tan, Hyekyung Choo
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Using semi-structured interviews with social workers in Singapore, this study aimed to identify challenges that social workers face when working with transnational families, and strategies to address those challenges. Systemic barriers, lack of cross-national competency, mismatched cultural beliefs and ethical conflict were prevailing challenges that Singaporean social workers encountered. To overcome these challenges, they turned to their colleagues for peer support and supervision and self-learned about their foreign clients’ home countries. We discuss the importance of social workers’ integration of macro and micro practice skills, cross-national competency and proactive attitudes and creativity for effective service delivery for transnational families.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-03-02T10:31:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073935
       
  • Effects of corruption and unaccountability on responses of frontline
           health workers to COVID-19 in Nigeria: Lessons and considerations for the
           social work profession

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      Authors: Prince Agwu, Charles T Orjiakor, Aloysius Odii, Obinna Onwujekwe
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      COVID-19 stretched health systems, exacerbated by concerns about those that are corrupt and lack equity. Twelve (12) health workers and 12 hospital social workers across Nigeria were purposively sampled and virtually interviewed to explore unaccountability and corruption effects on COVID-19 responses. Findings show that corruption and unaccountability negatively affected responses of frontline health workers to the pandemic. Lack of social care and justice services for patients and health workers across health facilities in Nigeria worsened the negative effects. Effectively mainstreaming social care and justice services into Nigeria’s healthcare led by well-trained social workers will improve the health sector via anticorruption.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-28T08:03:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073391
       
  • Establishing the relevance of the Ubuntu philosophy in social work
           practice: Inspired by the Ubuntu World Social Work Day, 2021 celebrations
           and the IFSW and IASSW’s (2014) Global Definition of Social Work

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      Authors: Robert K Chigangaidze, Itai Mafa, Tapiwanashe G Simango, Elia Mudehwe
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The philosophy of Ubuntu has gained momentum in the social work fraternity to the extent that the theme for the World Social Work Day, 2021 celebrations read, ‘Ubuntu: I am Because We are – Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness’. Through the use of a qualitative research approach, underpinned by a document analysis method, the article initiates a discourse which expounds on the philosophy through the lenses of the IFSW and IASSW 2014 Global Definition of Social Work. Substantially, it proffers justifications that cement the relevance of the Ubuntu philosophy in both the practice and theoretical frameworks of social work.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-23T11:07:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221078374
       
  • A review of Indigenous social work around the world: Concepts, debates and
           challenges

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      Authors: Surinder Jaswal, Melody Kshetrimayum
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Indigenous social work is gaining significance in the social work profession to respond to Indigenous voices. However, there is still ambiguity on how Indigenous social work is conceptualised, and this ambiguity has resulted in reluctance in the social work profession to accept Indigenous perspectives and knowledge in education and practice. To clear this ambiguity, this article examines Indigenous social work as a concept and explores its diverse discourses work through a critical review of 40 articles. The review analyses four lines of thoughts that emerged on how Indigenous social work is conceptualised across the globe.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-23T10:59:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073851
       
  • Supervision of supervisory practice: From idea to practice

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      Authors: Peace Yuh Ju Wong, Kang Li Wong, Corinne Ghoh, Marcus Yu Lung Chiu
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Little is known about how social work supervisors can be equipped and supported. A qualitative evaluation of a supervision of supervisory practice (SOSp) training programme with nine supervisors with 2 years of experience was done. Benefits for the supervisors were the application of knowledge and skills that improved the supervisory practice, and the opportunity to receive feedback. However, lack of time was a major obstacle for quality supervision. Supervisees reported experiencing a more collaborative supervision and an increase in confidence and perception of competence in case management. This exploratory study highlights the importance of developing competencies in the education and support functions of supervision.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-21T11:34:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073648
       
  • The factors affecting curriculum design of social work degree programs in
           Mainland China: Accounts of social work educators

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      Authors: Yuen-han Kitty Mo, Tak-Mau Simon Chan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study aims to fill the research gaps on the general and specific socio-cultural factors that influence social work curriculum design in Mainland China through semi-structured telephone interviews with 23 social work educators in 23 cities across different Chinese regions. They reveal the factors that influence the curriculum and measures that could be used to improve the existing curriculum for positive impacts. An influence map is proposed which provides the groundwork for further developments in social work education in Mainland China. This study also alerts social work educators to the importance of flexibility in adapting social work curricula to societal needs.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-17T01:00:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073647
       
  • COVID-19 and child welfare policy in Chile: The experience of front-line
           workers

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      Authors: Javiera Garcia-Meneses, Ivan Chanez-Cortes, Paulina Montoya Ceballos
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      COVID-19 arrived in Chile amid social protests that questioned the State’s ability to protect children’s rights. Nevertheless, child policy workers continued working despite the drastic changes to their daily work generated by both the pandemic and conflicts within the child welfare system. In this article, we aim to understand how these workers have experienced and overcome these challenges. We show that they have continued doing interventions with children at the expense of their economic resources and well-being. Our findings highlight the need for the government to take immediate action, offering guidelines to improve child policy workers’ labor conditions.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-15T08:53:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211073649
       
  • Motivation, social work and immigration: Job satisfaction according to a
           qualitative and quantitative evaluation

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      Authors: Agustín Godás Otero, Anaïs Quiroga-Carrillo, Gabriela Míguez-Salina, Jesica Núñez-García
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This research is aimed at examining the motivational elements that the social worker specialised in immigration considers as determinants of their job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. An instrument was designed and validated to collect these perceptions in quantitative and qualitative terms, among a sample composed of 100 social services professionals from 43 localities in Galicia, Spain. The findings report that, while labour satisfaction is associated with intrinsic aspects of their job (such as personal self-fulfilment and constant contact with clients), the main sources of dissatisfaction relate to organisational and extrinsic work aspects (like workload, lack of support or excess of bureaucracy).
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-03T08:06:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211065709
       
  • Addressing food insecurity in Africa: Strategies for ensuring
           child-sensitive social protection

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      Authors: Sergei Zelenev
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Recognized as a multifaceted challenge, food security is high on the political and socio-economic agendas of many countries. Gaining a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of the challenge of food insecurity in Africa, especially its complex impact on children, can facilitate concerted actions and better targeting of interventions by national governments, international agencies and civil society organizations aimed at child-sensitive social protection.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-02-01T05:00:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031968
       
  • Sacrifices for child rights and well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
           Considerations for social work

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      Authors: Patrick O’Leary, Ming-sum Tsui
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-29T10:53:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211068320
       
  • Challenges for social work with older people in the first COVID-19
           pandemic state of emergency in Portugal

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      Authors: Maria Irene Carvalho, Helena Teles, Carla Ribeirinho, Eduardo Marques
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article seeks to understand the needs and difficulties of intervention with older people during the first state of emergency in Portugal due to COVID-19. The results show that these professionals faced challenges they never experienced before and necessitated support to carry out their work in an emergency. The difficulties resulted, not only from the chronic vulnerabilities stemming from the disinvestment of public policies in recent years but also from the uncertainty that the pandemic brought to social interventions. Despite all this, social workers have demonstrated their ability to protect themselves and older people and their families, thus leading to overcoming some of these challenges.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-29T10:51:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211058775
       
  • The role of social work in the healthcare settings during the COVID-19
           pandemic in Africa

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      Authors: Richard Baffo Kodom
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Globally, the social work profession seeks to empower and support vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. These roles and responsibilities seem to be lagging in Africa as the potentials of social workers are underutilized in many areas of practice including the hospital setting. Given the contributions of medical social work, this article highlights the roles of social workers in healthcare delivery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, it emphasizes the challenges of medical social work. Since healthcare delivery requires collaboration, suggestions are made regarding ways to incorporate medical social work in healthcare settings for optimal healthcare delivery.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-22T12:26:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211070525
       
  • Urgency and relevance of feminist social work to curb domestic violence
           amid COVID-19

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      Authors: Saloome Showkat Shah, S A Mufeed
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      As the world is witnessing unprecedented circumstances and humans are making every possible effort to save their lives and livelihoods from the Coronavirus, unfortunately, there is a segment of the populace that is even more vulnerable. Women are compelled to stay indoors during quarantine, which makes them more exposed to domestic violence from their intimate partners. In these times of emergency, feminist social work is needed more than ever. Therefore, this article highlights the issue of domestic violence women are facing during pandemics around the globe and signifies the relevance of feminist social workers in domestic violence amid COVID-19.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-22T10:37:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211066833
       
  • Coping strategies among middle-aged and older cancer survivors in Japan: A
           qualitative study

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      Authors: Xiaohe Yi, Hiroko Kase
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      We investigated the coping strategies used in everyday life by middle-aged and older cancer survivors in Japan. Sixteen Japanese volunteers participated in one-to-one semi-structured interviews. The interviews focused on the respondents’ descriptions of how they felt and what they did after having been diagnosed with cancer. Although having been diagnosed with cancer, many survivors reported having made identifiable positive adjustments in lifestyle and ways of thinking, such as turning to family and friends for psychosocial support, as well as visiting shrines to find spiritual peace. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to social work practice.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-19T10:07:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211068933
       
  • Deconstructing bias: The decision-making process among child protective
           service workers in Chile

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      Authors: Catherine A LaBrenz, Claudia Reyes-Quilodran, Diana Padilla-Medina, Miguel Arevalo Contreras, Luz Cabrera Piñones
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Worldwide, there has been a push toward reforming or abolishing child welfare systems because of systemic bias against families. Few studies have examined the role of bias in decision-making processes among child welfare practitioners, especially in child welfare systems in processes of change/reform. This qualitative study utilized discussion groups with child welfare teams to examine how professionals navigated the decision-making process in cases of child maltreatment. A grounded theory analysis revealed that professionals deconstruct macro, mezzo, and micro biases as they make decisions. Implications for global social work, such as self-reflection and structural changes, and for future research are explored.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-13T08:59:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211068927
       
  • Child bride, a story that never ends: A look at experiences of Iranian
           women

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      Authors: Shima Bozorgi-Saran, Anahita Khodabakhshi-Koolaee
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Child marriage is one of the issues that deprive many young girls of their basic rights and lives. The present study aimed to explore Iranian child brides’ experiences of the consequences of early marriage. The participants were women living in Tehran who had married at the age of 14–18 years. The analysis of the participants’ experiences revealed four main themes, including ‘underlying causes of early marriages’, ‘concerns and negative feelings’, ‘exposure to violence’, and ‘consequences of early marriages’. Awareness of these challenges can provide useful insights to be used by social workers and policymakers to further support these women.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-11T09:21:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211066830
       
  • A longitudinal study of intergenerational transmission of poverty in Hong
           Kong across the 2010s: Social investment, homeownership and mother’s
           education

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      Authors: Wing Chung Ho, Paula Kwan, Lan Hu
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study examines the extent to which poverty is passed from parents to children in Hong Kong based on the social investment thesis. Through tracking the educational and career trajectories of the second generation (aged 23–25) of 77 families, this study suggests that adolescents with poor parents have a 202 percent higher chance of being poor in young adulthood. This poverty-continuation probability increases dramatically to 681 percent if parental poverty is defined in terms of homeownership rather than income. Another important factor that also affects intergenerational poverty is the mother’s educational level. Implications for social workers and policy makers are discussed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-07T08:48:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211065741
       
  • Navigating the clinician-researcher role in health social work:
           Reflections from practice

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      Authors: Rae Morris, Celeste Borja
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This Voices from Practice article shares reflections of two social workers on our dual-role experiences when conducting qualitative health research as trained clinicians. Reflections and considerations are shared for health care social work research trainees to prepare for and navigate the integration of the clinician-researcher role in social work.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-07T08:46:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211065706
       
  • Does goal ambiguity influence the program structure of nonprofit human
           service organizations'

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      Authors: Sunae Kwon
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study presents an alternative to outcome management based on accountability by analyzing the ambiguity of nonprofit human service organizations’ program goals and program structures. A total of 761 programs were chosen from the 2010–2020 annual plans of P Rehabilitation Center for analysis. The program goals were analyzed according to quantitative accuracy and outcome attainability standards and the program structures were analyzed using the program theory model. Human service organizations need to have a logical program structure according to the program goal, and it is necessary to minimize logical errors in the program structure.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-07T08:44:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211062003
       
  • The environment has rights: Eco-spiritual social work through ubuntu
           philosophy and Pachamama: A commentary

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      Authors: Robert K Chigangaidze
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Ubuntu has launched the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, 2020–2030. This commentary stipulates how ubuntu can reinforce the Pachamama rights and its significance to social work practice. The African philosophy of ubuntu has potential to enhance the framework of understanding environmental rights from an eco-spiritual social work perspective and integrating the concepts of Pachamama rights. Clearly showing the link between Pachamama and ubuntu, this paper reminds social workers to advance the Rights of Nature.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-01-07T08:41:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211056367
       
  • Challenge and opportunity: Making sense of the ‘first lockdown’
           experience of families with young children and health and social care
           practitioners in Southend-on-Sea (the United Kingdom)

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      Authors: Vasilios Ioakimidis, Lauren O’Connell, Vanessa Baxter, Kathryn Chard, Ewen Speed, Gregory White
      First page: 406
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      COVID-19 has had a significant and measurable impact on individuals and families in economically deprived areas both in the United Kingdom and internationally. This article examines issues of community resilience and service adaptability and focuses on the period during the first lockdown in the United Kingdom (May to July 2020). Data were collected from members of the local community in Southend, with specific reference to the ‘A Better Start Southend’ programme of support. The evidence presented in this article uncovers the impact of the ‘first lockdown’ on families with young children, and local children’s and community services.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-04-04T08:36:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221083768
       
  • Food security and social protection in times of COVID-19

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      Authors: Antonio López Peláez, Amaya Erro-Garcés, Raquel María Pérez-García
      First page: 421
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      From the perspective of social work, it is important to analyse food insecurity before and during the COVID-19, identify the best practices and how social work can contribute to improving living conditions. Using a meta-analysis, this article reviews how food security is addressed in the literature to better inform social policies from a social work perspective. A search of the literature revealed 217 articles between 2010 and 2021. The descriptors for the search were food security, food aid and social work. The main results are the identification of key aspects to inform social policies and promote sustainable social change worldwide.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-04-02T06:20:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221086388
       
  • COVID-19 feminist framework and biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective for
           social workers and mental health practitioners to manage violence, abuse,
           and trauma against children, women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ during and
           post-COVID-19

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      Authors: Sonia Mukhtar
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article explains the integrated implementation of a COVID-19 Feminist Framework (CFF) and biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective (BPSS-P) on the inclusive equitability of social service providers, practitioners, and policy-developers on global platforms. Mechanisms of CFF and BPSS-P entail the process to address/mitigate institutional inequities, mental health issues, violation of human rights, race/sex/gender-based violence, abuse, and trauma amid COVID-19. This discourse is about raising consciousness, collective liberation, wellbeing, and equality for women, children, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and gender-diverse people. This article further discusses social workers and mental health practitioners’ uniqueness for short-term and long-term support for emotional, cognitive-behavioral, and psychosocial repercussions on the individual and community levels.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-12-30T06:53:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211067158
       
  • The art of not-knowing: Valuing diversity and intercultural competences in
           international social work education

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      Authors: KR Anish, Stefan Borrmann, Ngan Nguyen-Meyer, Yan Zhao, Hilde Berit Moen, Weihua Liu
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The article focuses on how international social work education can enable students to become culturally competent social workers. It follows the idea that the vital aspect of internationalizing social work education is not about structural prerequisites. Rather, it is in the specific role of intercultural perspectives and how these perspectives can be integrated into structural frameworks for internationalizing social work education. It is highlighted that the acceptance of not-knowing and not-understanding provides the basis of cultural awareness or global mindedness. Therefore, a model for the development of intercultural competence in social work is presented.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-12-29T10:27:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211065708
       
  • Social workers’ adaptation in times of pandemic crisis: A Hong Kong
           case

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      Authors: Henry Wai Hang Ling, Michelle Shum, Chi Kin Kwan, Mingdie Xu
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Through the lens of the theory of planned behavior, this article explores how social workers adapt to a new situation due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three focus group sessions were conducted with 23 social workers from child and youth, family, and elderly services in Hong Kong. Three major themes were generated: (1) repositioning the social work profession, (2) renegotiating contracts with funders, and (3) exploring novel intervention methods. Implications of the findings are discussed. To ensure social workers can respond effectively in crises, an evolving nature of the profession is advocated to enshrine its spirit to serve.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-12-29T10:22:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211064581
       
  • Care and rehabilitation institutions for people with intellectual
           disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic: Polish experiences

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      Authors: Monika Parchomiuk
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      People with intellectual disabilities benefit from many forms of institutional support, which include residential, rehabilitation, and educational services. Changes caused by the pandemic, especially the introduction of new rules relating to various aspects of life, raised several challenges and problems in the functioning of these institutions and for the people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research concerned facilities providing services for people with intellectual disabilities in Poland during the pandemic. The research goal was to determine what changes took place in the rehabilitation and care institutions during the pandemic in terms of their organization and the functioning of their clients and personnel. An online questionnaire was used. The respondents were institution employees. Data showed a number of preventive, educational, and supportive activities carried out by the institutions. Adverse changes in the psychosocial functioning of people with intellectual disabilities and other problems during the pandemic were reported.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-12-29T10:16:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211060471
       
  • Workplace friendships while teleworking during COVID-19: Experiences of
           social workers in Australia

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      Authors: Trevor G Gates, Bindi Bennett, Raj Yadav
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      COVID-19 has shifted Australia’s social service delivery. Understanding the impact on workplace relationships is key. This article used a small-scale sample of social workers (N = 37) to explore workplace friendship experiences while teleworking. Participants reported opportunities for friendships during COVID-19 but reported ongoing personal and professional concerns.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-12-29T10:12:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211058774
       
  • Professionalization of social work in colonial India: Glancing at the
           history of social work in India before 1936

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      Authors: Abhijeet Mishra
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses a brief history of ‘modern’ social work in India before 1936. I present how abstract conceptions of scientifically informed and organized social work practice were brewing in colonial India, along with attempts to assemble or organize it. I use these accounts to further present certain nuances on the modalities of imported social work knowledge that dominated social work education in India after 1936.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-12-11T04:15:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211048937
       
  • Working and learning from home during COVID-19: International experiences
           among social work educators and students

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      Authors: Michael Wallengren-Lynch, Lena Dominelli, Carin Cuadra
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This research seeks to explore the experiences of social work educators and students working and learning from home. The findings, from an international survey sample of 166 educators and students, showed that the respondents faced issues with private and personal boundaries, felt the impact of working and learning from home on both physical and emotional levels, and experienced challenges to what was expected of them. The respondents primarily used two types of coping mechanisms to manage these challenges. These findings contribute to a broader discussion of the impact of working and learning from home and are relevant for education administrators responsible for their employees’ and students’ well-being.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-11-18T05:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211051412
       
  • Continuity of care for drug users in prison and beyond: A qualitative
           insight

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      Authors: Heino Stöver, Daniela Jamin, Marie Jauffret-Roustide, Laurent Michel, Vânia Mendes, Wouter Vanderplasschen
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social work in prisons is linked to specific tasks regarding the care for the people who are incarcerated. A multi-country qualitative study was set up to explore drug users’ and professionals’ perceptions of continuity of care in prison and beyond. It has been pointed out that continuity of care is associated with different barriers, especially regarding social work. Nevertheless, good practice examples do exist and could be implemented by social workers. Social workers and opioid users face challenges in the context of imprisonment, so different measures need to be implemented to support opioid users and for social workers to support them.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-11-09T12:17:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211048926
       
  • Responding to COVID-19 in social work field education in Australia, New
           Zealand and the United States

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      Authors: Patricia Fronek, Lynne Briggs, Renie Rondon-Jackson, Kathryn Hay, Jane Maidment, Kai Medina-Martinez
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This descriptive article reports immediate responses to COVID-19 by social work field education faculty in four universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Moving swiftly to online innovations, tele-supervision, teaching remote practice methods, and establishing alternative placements allowed students to meet required competencies while supporting students during the immediate crisis. Collaboration between field education faculty teams, professional bodies and agencies and clear communication with students and supervisors enabled all stakeholders to be open to flexible placement options. To conclude, COVID-19 brought opportunities to reflect on responses and explore new possibilities for field education in a post-COVID-19 world.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-26T07:02:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211048934
       
  • Discourse analysis of conception of masculinity among Chinese male sexual
           abuse survivors

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      Authors: Tak-Mau Simon Chan, Yin-Nei Esther Cho
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study aims to explore the conception of masculinity in organizing the help-seeking behavior of Chinese males in Hong Kong. Twelve informants, who had experienced being abused in various relationships, participated in the in-depth interviews. Discourse analysis drawn from the analytical process per James Paul Gee is applied to examine the data. Six discourse positions are highlighted, including placating masculinity, counter-masculinity, fragmented identity, masculinity through sex, identity through gender, and finally, non-normative sexual identity. The complicity of the concept of masculinity in Chinese culture and implications for social workers are further discussed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-19T10:49:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211021149
       
  • Social work post-disaster response in Iran: A case study of the 2019 mass
           flooding in Poldokhtar, Lorestan

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      Authors: Masoomeh Maarefvand, Maziyar Ghiabi, Fatemeh Nourshargh
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Flash-flooding affected Iran in March 2019 causing the displacement of thousands of people. Social workers established a Child Friendly Space (CFS) and applied comprehensive case management to provide psychosocial support for people who were affected by flooding (PWAF) (n = 565) in a community in Poldokhtar, covering a period of 3 months. Outreach services, involving community-volunteers, providing counseling, establishing CFS, training PWAF for reducing violence, and preventing child abuse were essential social work post-disaster interventions to support vulnerable populations. The article reflects upon the often-neglected role of social workers in post-disaster settings, and brings new material for discussion from the unexplored field of Iranian social workers.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-18T12:59:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211018742
       
  • The experience of violence of Syrian women living in Konya: An
           intersectional study through the narratives of service providers

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      Authors: Meliha F Afyonoğlu
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study aims to analyze Syrian women’s experience of violence from the perspective of the service providers by using intersectionality as an analytical lens. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 13 service providers working in areas highly populated by Syrians in Konya, Turkey. Harmful traditional practices, societal violence reflected in gender-based discrimination, discrimination in work life, and inability to access to complaint mechanisms are the basic findings of the study. Revealing how the intersections and interrelatedness of class, ethnicity, culture, and migration status shape the experiences of Syrian women is expected to contribute to the implementation of anti-oppressive practices of social workers.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-18T12:57:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211051241
       
  • Critical realist discourse analysis of Chinese parents of children with
           dyslexia

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      Authors: Kitty Yuen-han Mo, Simon Tak-Mau Chan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      There is a dearth of research concerning parental discourses on dyslexic children and the particular educational context in which they occur. Dyslexia can be viewed as a socially constructed condition, different from its medical definition. Critical realist discourse analysis (CRDA), which emphasises the discovery of the underlying structure and causation of observed events, can facilitate the exploration of its complexities and the multiple underlying mechanisms at work. This article reports on a study, using CRDA to reveal stories that are rarely heard, the interacting factors embedded in the school environment, and the implications for social work practices.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-18T12:54:16Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820972470
       
  • One more has been killed: Implications for service provision for persons
           with intellectual disability in recent Hong Kong

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      Authors: Lee Mei Yin
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      A tragedy occurred recently in Hong Kong as the attack of COVID-19 rocked the whole society. This brief note intends to call for local and international discussions about difficult cases caused by the infection control measures. Current social distancing practice requires social work practitioners to detect high-risk cases not only for those living alone but also for those living together, and to assess the risks to care. In addition, social workers should join forces with stakeholders’ associations to advocate suitable and sufficient service provision in order to enhance well-being of families of children with intellectual disabilities.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-12T08:49:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820985923
       
  • Social work with refugees: Examining social workers’ role and practice
           in times of crisis in Greece

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      Authors: Dimitra-Dora Teloni, Sofia Dedotsi, Alexis Lazanas, Aristeidis Telonis
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Since the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in 2015–2016, the hostile EU migration policies, the restricted access of refugees to welfare and neoliberalism have put social work in a rather difficult position. This self-funded quantitative research was carried out from June to August 2018 in Greece, addressing social workers working with refugees in various organizations, such as NGOs, public institutions and EU-funded projects. This article will present and discuss social work’s day-to-day practice with refugees and the social workers’ role as human rights defenders and claimants of social justice in the context of systematic violation of the human rights of refugees.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-12T08:44:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211046980
       
  • Are residential care homes really bad for children' Voices of alumni
           of residential child and youth care in Trinidad and Tobago

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      Authors: Petra Roberts
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social workers have advocated closing large youth care institutions and moving to adoption, foster care and group homes. However, these approaches have proven to be costly and often disruptive of children’s lives. This study of 24 alumni of orphanages and large group homes in Trinidad and Tobago shows that the children experienced stability and happiness, with siblings kept together and almost universal secondary school graduation. Problems occurred in the transition from the homes to the community. With attention to gender in discharge policies, large group care may be beneficial and cost effective, especially for low-resource developing countries.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-12T08:41:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031975
       
  • Golden opportunities for resolving students’ emotional disturbance in
           learning social work values: A 3Ps approach in f ieldwork practicum

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      Authors: Kitty Yuen-han Mo, Wallace Wai-hung Tsang, Evan Yee-Wan Wong, Lai Hung Sing, Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The term golden opportunities to discuss with supervisees about social work values refers to the episodes of struggles and conflicts encountered by students in fieldwork. They are so-called golden opportunities to discuss social work values with students. Limited attention has been paid as to how to seize these golden opportunities. This study explores the causes of emotional disturbance and the methods applied by supervisors to discuss social work values with their students. In total, 22 Hong Kong students in Higher Diploma Social Work programmes at three higher education institutes were interviewed. Themes identified include ambivalent feelings, methods and expectations of students. An emotionally interactive approach which consists of 3Ps (‘perceived safe and trusting supervisory relationship’, ‘process of supportive supervision’ and ‘positive and accepting attitudes of supervisors’) is proposed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-11T12:48:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820985914
       
  • Structured peer group supervision: Systematic case reflection for
           constructing new perspectives and solutions

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      Authors: Karmen Toros, Asgeir Falch-Eriksen
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article reflects on the experiences of Estonian social work undergraduate students with a five-phased structured peer group supervision model, consisting of information, clarification, analysis, feedback and reflection phases. This kind of systematic case reflection enables the generation and critical exploration of new perspectives and solutions among those seeking to become professional social workers. Students emphasised that this model is a useful method for case supervision and that it is feasible to apply it after one-time or short training/experience.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-07T08:42:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820969774
       
  • Understanding the complexity of domestic violence service delivery through
           the lived experiences of domestic violence advocates

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      Authors: Ga-Young Choi, Soonok An, Hyungak Cho, Eun Koh
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This qualitative research explored the lived experiences of domestic violence advocates to better understand the elements involved in domestic violence service delivery in the United States, focusing on positive and challenging aspects of their work. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 advocates who assisted domestic violence survivors. Advocates’ persistent engagement in reflective practice and advocacy for the survivors against a victim-blaming culture were identified as important elements in delivering multi-faceted domestic violence services. Implications for social work and domestic violence practice in improving domestic violence service delivery for the survivors are discussed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-07T08:39:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211041673
       
  • International field education: A case study of developing an anti-colonial
           group study program in Mexico

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      Authors: Christine A Walsh, Elyse Borlé, Liza Lorenzetti, Lauren Birks, Lorena Cerecero, Pedro Isnardo de la Cruz Lugardo
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      International field education offers an exemplary means by which social work students can enhance cultural awareness and develop skills in working with diverse communities. This article describes an exploratory study using 14 key informant interviews to establish a social work group study program in Mexico. Findings illustrate how the incorporation of key academic and community-based stakeholders using an anticolonial/postcolonial framework in international field education can contribute to an enriched experience for all participants. Providing social work students with exposure to epistemologies and ontologies that may differ from the Western-dominated education are important in understanding the human experience in different contexts.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-05T01:09:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820976756
       
  • Community responses to LGBT+ adults with intellectual and developmental
           disabilities during the COVID-19 confinement in Madrid

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      Authors: R Lucas Platero, Miguel Ángel López-Sáez
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      A group of 50 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) as well as diverse sexualities and gender identities in Madrid participated in a feminist community-based project, which supported them through the first wave of the pandemic. Facilitated by professionals, the project offered online meetings twice a month, helping them to articulate their needs and promote their agency over their choices and experiences. Based on their demands, participants chose the topics they wanted to discuss, proposed activities, and were the center of the program, while facilitators set up and maintained the online space, helping with participation and access to information and resources. Through this transformative experience, the members of the group developed friendship networks and started their activism, making public appearances in video campaigns and mainstream newspapers to make their needs visible to peers, families, social workers, policy makers, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). This research is part of a larger project that tackles the psychosocial factors that affected Spanish people with sexual and gender diversity during the first wave of the pandemic.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-04T01:21:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211044741
       
  • The doctor, development and (un)sociable monkey: An autoethnography of a
           social worker

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      Authors: Raj Yadav
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article is a critical autoethnographic investigation in which I explore development and social work vis-à-vis my own life episodes. I examine various tensions, for example, (1) becoming and being a colonial development subject; (2) encountering social work and compliance to it; (3) a U-turn, in disagreement with social work; and (4) a doctoral journey, reinvigorating my ‘social worker self’ through conceptualisation of a model of ‘decolonised, developmental social work’. This autoethnography leads me to critical discourses not only to question development and social work but also to uncover the ‘sense of (my) becoming and being’ regarding those two.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-04T01:19:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031961
       
  • Does macrosocial orientation matter in frontline social workers’
           professional identity' Considering the critical factors of social work
           development in China

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      Authors: Miao Zhu, Xuesong He, Yean Wang, Guanghuai Zheng
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study focused on the macrosocial orientation of frontline social workers to develop an integrated model for professional identity. We used a nationally representative sample of 3069 frontline social workers in China and conducted confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modeling, bootstrapping mediation, and multiple-group moderation analyses. The results show that cynicism and job characteristics, as a causal chain, serially mediated the relationship between macrosocial orientation and professional identity, and those relationships varied depending on the following three factors: social work education, licensing, and workplace setting. The findings have theoretical and practical implications for how frontline social workers form professional identity.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-04T01:18:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031960
       
  • Surviving on the margins: Volunteers’ agency to survive poverty and
           vulnerability in Zimbabwe

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      Authors: Itai Kabonga, Kwashirai Zvokuomba
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This ethnographic study, as part of a broader study of volunteerism and social development in the Chegutu district, Zimbabwe, explores the agency of volunteers to survive in a context of socio-economic challenges. Volunteers in Zimbabwe are operating in a context characterised by socio-economic challenges. They are living on the margins. The situation is exacerbated by non-governmental organisations’ non-payment of stipends or the inadequacy of the stipends that are eventually paid. Using their agency, volunteers are involved in Internal Savings and Lending Schemes, group-based income-generating activities, multiple affiliations, grocery initiatives, accumulation of social capital, and building networks and relationships to survive.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-29T09:40:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211045423
       
  • Working on Chinese male carers’ ‘Qing’ in a social work group with
           an innovative approach – ‘Emoto’

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      Authors: Cathy So-Chi So, Kai-Chung Lo, Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents a one-year ‘Emoto’ project for male carers. In this project, photography is used as an intervention tool to work with this underrepresented group. Photos taken by voluntary photographers according to various ‘Qing’ (primary emotion) themes were used as the prominent means of communication. These photos encouraged male carers using nonverbal media to assist the expression of untold thoughts and unrecognized feelings. Besides responding to the growing psychological hardship of male carers in the community, the project aimed at informing practitioners and the general public about male carers’ needs.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-28T01:31:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211045426
       
  • Rethinking the residual policy response: Lessons from Hong Kong older
           women’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

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      Authors: Sam Wai Kam Yu, Iris Po Yee Lo, Ruby Chui Man Chau
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines older women’s experiences of searching for face masks and handling mask-related issues during COVID-19. Set within the context of the Hong Kong government’s policy reaction to the shortage of masks in early 2020, the article draws on interviews with 40 older women in Hong Kong to identify their various forms of vulnerability to welfare threats and their active and diverse responses in times of crisis. The findings reveal the implications of the government’s residual policy response for people’s vulnerability to welfare threats. They also carry practical implications for the support that social workers can provide.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-28T01:30:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211036179
       
  • Factors associated with the prevalence of diarrhoea among children in
           rural areas of Enugu State, Nigeria: Practice considerations for social
           workers

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      Authors: Casmir Odo, Chinyere Onalu, Uche Nwatu, Nneka Nwafor, Samuel Ebimgbo
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Poor health conditions such as diarrhoea are often associated with low- and middle-income countries. Diarrhoea in Nigeria contributes to an estimated 151,700 (16%) annual infant deaths, with a prevalence of 10–18 percent. With the high rate of diarrhoea-related infant mortality, it becomes important to investigate the barriers to its prevention. Data were sourced using five Focus Group Discussions involving 18 health workers and 30 nursing mothers. Findings show high prevalence of diarrhoea and identified ignorance, cultural/religious beliefs, and lack of funds as major barriers to its prevention. To address these problems, engaging social workers as welfare professionals is recommended.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-28T01:29:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211034229
       
  • Human insecurity and psychological well-being in migrants hosted in a
           Nigerian transit center: A qualitative exploration on risk and protective
           factors

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      Authors: Guido Veronese, Diego Romaioli, Rachel Pancake, Marzia Vigliaroni
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Our explorative work aimed to qualitatively analyze the factors affecting human security and psychological well-being in a group of migrants temporarily hosted in a Nigerian transit center. The study involved 250 migrants from different Western and sub-Saharan African countries who were interviewed during their stay in International Organization for Migration – supported transit centers. Thematic content analysis was performed on the texts of the interviews. Motivations for departure from the home country, resources available for migrants’ sense of security, expectations for their future, experience in the host country, and the relationship between human insecurity and life satisfaction were the main emerging themes.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-28T01:27:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211034223
       
  • Investigating the influence of the Catholic Church on social work in the
           Philippines: An exploration of policy, practice and education

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      Authors: Carmela Otarra, Catherine Flynn
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Despite historical and current connections between the Catholic Church and social work in the Philippines, studies investigating these connections have been limited. Using an exploratory research design, this study examined this relationship by drawing on existing documents: legislation; curricula and minimum standards for social work programmes; course syllabi; the Code of Ethics; and textbooks. Three themes emerged in the analysis, offering tentative explanations for the Church’s widespread influence: religion as embedded in Filipino life; the Catholic Church and Catholic-based organisations as key partners in the delivery of social services; and the intersection of Catholic teachings, social work principles and Filipino values.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-23T10:55:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031974
       
  • Career commitment among social workers: The contribution of personal,
           organizational, and vocational factors

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      Authors: Anat Freund, Guil Javier Koltun, Amit Zriker
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Despite today’s considerable changes in the labor market, studies on the career commitment of social workers remain scarce. The current study focuses on the personal, organizational, and vocational factors of social workers’ career commitment. The study included 251 social workers from various organizations in Israel. Findings show that their career commitment is positively correlated with Protean and Boundaryless career patterns, as well as with their perceived career success. These findings could contribute in developing tools that could increase social workers’ career commitment, which in turn would enable them to be more effective at work, to the benefit of their clients.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-23T10:52:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031963
       
  • Social work in the face of emerging technologies: A technological
           acceptance study in 13 countries

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      Authors: Evaristo Barrera-Algarín, José Luís Sarasola-Sánchez-Serrano, Alberto Sarasola-Fernández
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Significant technological advances have taken place in recent years, especially in ICT, which are rapidly transforming the different professions, including social work. We want to verify the degree of technological acceptance of social workers at the international level and how the relationship between professional practice and the use of new technological possibilities is established. For this purpose we applied a specialized questionnaire and Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) scale, to 1144 social workers from 13 countries. A high degree of technological acceptance is detected; a clear identification between professional practice, the use of technological advances, and their connection with NASW standards.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-17T01:54:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211041672
       
  • Indigenization and authentization of epistemology in China’s social
           work: Moving beyond Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism

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      Authors: Kedi Zhao, Weijia Tan, A Ka Tat Tsang
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      How China’s social work can establish its own epistemology has remained largely unexplored. This article focuses on Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism to start this epistemological exploration, as they represent Chinese culture and can provide valuable epistemological elements for China’s social work. Moving beyond epistemological elements from these philosophies, how social workers in China can further develop social work research and practice based on the unique Chinese context is also discussed, specifically through the processes of indigenization and authentization of epistemology in China’s social work. Limitations and future research directions are also presented to guide future discussion.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-17T01:54:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211041669
       
  • Work-related stressors accompanying school social workers while assessing
           children’s well-being: A comparative study between Germany and Finland

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      Authors: Kathrin Franziska Beck, Riitta Vornanen, Juha Hämäläinen, Stefan Borrmann
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents the results of a comparative study investigating work-related stressors (WRSs) that accompany German and Finnish school social workers (SSWs) while assessing children’s well-being. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in combination with the case vignette technique. The interview data were subjected to a coding process and visualized with the MAXQDA software program. The findings are embedded in the respective country-specific socio-political and legislative context and suggest that the SSWs are confronted with several, but different WRSs, depending on whether they have a child protection mandate (Germany) or not (Finland). Recommendations are generated based on the findings.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-15T02:05:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872821996748
       
  • ‘Respect’ and ‘justice’ for whom' Culturally irresponsive
           ethical practices with refugee communities

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      Authors: Neil Bilotta
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores how two common social work ethical principles, respect for persons and justice, are understood by refugee young people aged 18–30 years old in Kenya. Through 31 semi-structured, in-depth interviews with refugee young people who had previously participated in academic and/or organization-based qualitative research, this article explores how this group conceptualizes research ethics. The analysis suggests that refugee young people in Kenya did not necessarily feel that researchers were respectful. As such, the article claims that researchers must reconsider how Eurocentric social work and research ethics codes are understood globally.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-09-08T09:10:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031967
       
  • Gaps between academia and practice: Perspectives on new graduates’
           readiness for social work practice in Georgia

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      Authors: Inga Saitadze, Darejan Dvalishvili
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The study explores the perspectives of social work students, faculty, and the main employer of social workers with regard to new graduates’ readiness for social work practice in Georgia. The results of focus groups and in-person interviews revealed significant gaps and tension between academic programs and professional practice contributing to students’ low levels of readiness for practice. Participants identified various concerns regarding academic program curricula, field education, and professional practice; although, reasons for new graduates’ lack of readiness for practice highlighted by the main employer and academic program faculty were conflicting and pointed need for further actions.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-08-26T10:28:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211026361
       
  • The perceived importance of educational qualifications and professional
           development/continuous education for social work administrators: A case of
           the NASW-KY chapter

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      Authors: Hamad A Alaslawi, Jeremiah K Garrett
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social work administrators may be receiving inadequate training due to the undervalued importance of formal education and professional development. This study employed a cross-sectional survey on a sample of 150 members of the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The majority were women (81%). Most held an MSW degree (68.5%). Correlation analysis revealed: (1) perceived capabilities of social work administrators correlated with the perceived importance of formal educational qualifications and (2) perceived qualities, skills, functions, and practices correlated with the perceived importance of professional development/continuous education. Understanding this perceived link and the gaps presented is an important step toward developing better professional development/continuing education programs.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-08-26T10:23:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211022796
       
  • Formulating and teaching a course in international social work: Some
           curriculum and pedagogical insights from the Indian context

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      Authors: Sainkupar Ranee Bodhi
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article engages with International Social Work education. The subject is new, and in many countries, especially in India, content for teaching has only begun to be formulated. While many attempts are being made across the world to provide international social work with a sound theoretical base, these efforts are only beginning to take shape in India. This article traverses the thinking, experience, and insights of a social work educator who has engaged in such a process – the development and teaching of a course on international social work for postgraduate students of an institute in Mumbai.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-08-03T06:29:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211026743
       
  • Global trends in forced migration: Policy, practice and research
           imperatives for social work

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      Authors: George Palattiyil, Dina Sidhva, Amelia Seraphia Derr, Mark Macgowan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Global forced migration rates are the highest since World War II. This article presents an overview of migration and presents an original argument as to the imperatives for social work. First, global trends are presented and forced migration is conceptualised as an international phenomenon. Second, global responses are explored with a focus on legal and protection frameworks. Finally, existing policy, practice and research gaps related to human mobility and forced displacement are examined, and recommendations for social work policy, research and practice are presented. The contextual influence of the Covid-19 pandemic is considered in this article.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-07-28T11:41:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211022791
       
  • Challenges in making school social work a reality in Brazilian schools

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      Authors: Erick da Luz Scherf
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      At the end of 2019, the presence of social workers became mandatory in Brazilian state-funded elementary schools. This brief note explores the challenges schools may have in translating the new legislation from paper to practice. The goal is to frame and advance the discourse of school social work in Brazil. Among other topics, this note discusses the role of social workers in educational environments in Brazil and identifies the barriers that may exist to the exercise of the profession in these institutional spaces. Ultimately, suggestions are made on how to develop effective social work interventions in Brazilian schools.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-07-27T11:50:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031965
       
  • Addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in Pakistan: A conceptual
           analysis

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      Authors: Steven Granich, Tahira Jabeen, Sonia Omer, Muhammad Arshad
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Drawing on academic and government literature and the authors’ professional experience in working with child sexual abuse (CSA), this article details the current issues in Pakistan within a global context of Asia. This discussion addresses the context of CSA in Pakistan, causes and incidence of CSA, reporting of CSA, lack of effective structures to protect children, public education for CSA, and finally discusses the example of Punjab Province in Pakistan and its approach to dealing with CSA. The article contributes to an understanding of current reporting, intervention, and treatment of victims of CSA in Pakistan from a social work/policy perspective.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-07-27T11:48:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211031955
       
  • Cartography of Southern Feminisms: Contributions of decolonial feminisms
           and community feminisms

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      Authors: Silvana Martínez, Juan Agüero
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This work is based on a theoretical research study on Southern Feminisms and Social Intervention developed at the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina. The South is understood as a metaphor for human suffering systematically caused by the oppression and domination of an imperialist, capitalist, colonial and patriarchal North. It is a very powerful geo-corporate-political and epistemological metaphor because it reveals and problematises the devices used for oppression and domination. This article uses cartography as a methodology to make explicit the analytical and interpretative matrices present in decolonial feminisms and community feminisms. It also makes explicit the criticisms that these feminisms make of hegemonic-academic-Western feminism. Contributions from feminist experiences in Australia and New Zealand are included and the specific contributions of Southern Feminisms to the theory and practice of social work are made explicit.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-07-08T06:16:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211001417
       
  • Toward an inclusive digital economy for all: Perspectives from an
           intersectional feminist social work lens

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      Authors: Crystal Kwan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The digital global economy is increasingly becoming the economy. The current pandemic has accelerated the digitization of the economy as offline economic activities are suspended, and ‘going digital’ is touted as a survival strategy for economic sectors worldwide. In this conceptual article, I argue that this emerging economy is (re)producing social inequalities. Social workers need to be knowledgeable about the digital global economy and engage in economic justice initiatives to actualize social justice. I employ an intersectional feminist lens to critique the digital global economy’s state and delineate two areas that social workers can engage in.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-06-30T06:20:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211009579
       
  • How the environment is conceptualised and represented globally in social
           work codes of ethics

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      Authors: Kang Liu, Catherine A Flynn
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      While the environment is fundamental to humankind’s wellbeing, to date, social work has been largely focused on the social, rather than the physical, environment. To map how the broader environment is captured in the profession’s foundational documents, an exploratory sequential mixed methods study (QUAL → quan) analysed data from 64 social work codes of ethics. Findings indicate that although the environment is mentioned in the majority of these, there is a continued focus on the social, overlooking to some degree the physical, predominantly the built, environment. A more holistic understanding of the environment would enable social work to better fulfil its commitment to human rights and social justice.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-06-22T06:36:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211020071
       
  • The influence of leisure-based community activities on neighbourhood
           support and the social cohesion of communities in Spain

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      Authors: Txus Morata, Paco López, Teresa Marzo, Eva Palasí
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      To analyse the effects of leisure-based community activities in improving neighbourhood support and social cohesion, data were collected in two neighbourhoods of Barcelona (Spain) through questionnaires and interviews. The results indicate that promoting neighbourhood support requires a different strategy from promoting participation in leisure-based activities aimed at developing social cohesion within a community. The study also suggests various useful strategies to strengthen the effects of leisure-based community activities. The strategies recommended revolve around networking, use of the public space, recognition of diversity and conflict management.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-06-21T07:07:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211021144
       
  • Managing social policy in the emerging welfare regime of governance: What
           Indonesia can learn from South Korea’s experience

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      Authors: Tauchid Komara Yuda, Pinurba Parama Pratiyudha, Kafa Abdallah Kafaa
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Although Indonesia and South Korea have parallel narratives concerning their political-economic order that influenced social welfare arrangements, they have had different welfare outcomes. The main purpose of this study is to survey the possibility for Indonesia to adopt key features from Korea that can be applied to catch up in terms of its welfare outcome improvements. We argue that the key to the success of Korean social welfare development is closely related to the adaptive and responsive capacity of existing political institutions in responding to global changes, leading to a collaborative model of governance in welfare service.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-06-11T07:20:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211011634
       
  • Resilience-based intervention for youth: An initial investigation of
           school social work program in Kuwait

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      Authors: Malak Al-Rasheed
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article describes the preliminary investigation of the initial feasibility of the ‘Fostering Youth Resilience Project’, a universal school-based program delivered by school social workers to 54 high school students in Kuwait. Results reported significant positive change and high satisfaction with the program. The study provided initial evidence support to the applicability of the program for youth in a non-Western culture. Future research needs to evaluate the effect of the program in larger groups, using controlled trials and longer term follow ups. Discussion of limitations and practical implications for the social work profession are presented.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-06-03T11:09:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211018729
       
  • Perceptions of stigma toward mental illness in Arab society in Israel

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      Authors: Kholoud Fahoum, Alean Al-Krenawi
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Stigma is a major obstacle for people diagnosed with mental illness and this impacts the burden of the disease. This study compares the relationship between personal and social stigma in patients diagnosed with mental illness in two distinct Arab communities: the Bedouin in the Negev Desert in Israel and the Arabs of East Jerusalem. The sample consisted of 140 participants. Research instruments measuring self-stigma, social stigma, and social support were deployed. Positive correlation between personal and social stigma was found. Personal stigma was higher among Bedouins, while social stigma was higher among East Jerusalem Arabs.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-06-03T11:08:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211018727
       
  • Gendered dimensions of health in refugee situations: An examination of
           sexual and gender-based violence faced by refugee women in Nakivale
           refugee settlement, Uganda

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      Authors: Hadijah Mwenyango
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article analyses the interplay between women’s social identity, migration and manifestation of sexual and gender-based violence. The research used mixed quantitative and qualitative methods. The findings show experiences of domestic, sexual, community and survival violence. Their predicaments are exacerbated by socio-cultural and structural influences, and despite commitments for protecting refugees, more has to be done to meet the needs of victims. The article reveals the urgency for the adoption of gender-responsive and rights-based approaches in refugee interventions. The capacity of frontline workers must be enhanced to detect violence, appreciate the needs and rights of victims and provide appropriate support.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-06-03T11:02:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211003973
       
  • An exploration of teachers’ perceptions of Syrian students in Turkey and
           implications for school social work

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      Authors: Tuba Yüceer Kardeş, Ezgi Arslan Özdemir, Münevver Eryalçin, Burcu Özdemir Ocaklı
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Low rates of school enrolment emerge as a significant problem among Syrian students in Turkey; however, enrolment in the school brings about new challenges not only for the Syrian refugee students but also for Turkish students and their teachers. In order to address this issue, this study aims to depict the perceived problems experienced by Syrian and Turkish students and their teachers. In the scope of the study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 primary and secondary school teachers to gather their perceived opinion on the issue. The findings are discussed within the context of school social work interventions.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-29T07:10:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820969782
       
  • Vietnamese social work practitioners’ preparedness to practise with
           sexual minorities: Training and self-reported confidence

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      Authors: Trang Mai Le, Nilan Yu, Fiona Buchanan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social workers must be prepared to work with all members of society given their commitment to social justice. This article reports the findings of a study examining the preparedness of Vietnamese social work practitioners to practise with sexual minorities. The study employed a mixed-methods approach, comprising a paper-based survey (N = 292) and semi-structured interviews (N = 12). The findings indicate that most practitioners felt ill-equipped to work with clients who identified as lesbian or gay. The discussion highlights the lack of formal and in-service training in this practice area. Implications for social work education are discussed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-24T12:43:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211013877
       
  • Empowering Kibera during political change: A case study through a Freirean
           lens

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      Authors: Neil Gibson, Stephen Vertigans, Natascha Mueller-Hirth
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Empowerment is an often used concept and the work of Paulo Freire has helped to define the application and outcomes of approaches. The researchers visited Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, during periods of political activity which had previously resulted in violence. Community members identified strategies employed in an attempt to curtail heightened risk. These factors were analysed to evaluate whether empowerment, as espoused by Freire, was still relevant in community development work. Empowerment strategies were multi-faceted and highlighted that they had created new issues for the community to address, suggesting strategy and outcomes need to be strong considerations in future work.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-22T10:03:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211010215
       
  • Parenting for Child Development: The development and preliminary pilot of
           a parenting intervention to reduce violence against children in Papua New
           Guinea

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      Authors: Gary Robinson, Simon Moss, Yomei Jones
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a low-income country experiencing high rates of family violence and child maltreatment. Child protection services are under-developed, and few tertiary-trained social workers are employed by them. A research team was commissioned to develop a parenting programme for implementation in remote provinces. After development and co-design of the programme, a pre- and post-evaluation was conducted in 10 communities to test the programme’s potential to facilitate change. Measures of harsh parenting, family well-being and parental attitudes were translated by experienced academics and administered to parents by a team of staff and students from a local university. Responses were subjected to factor analyses. A series of paired-sample t-tests was conducted to ascertain change in parents’ reported family well-being and use of harsh disciplinary practices (sample n = 159). Encouraging numbers of caregivers attended the programme in all sites. The analysis of change between pre- and post-programme scores revealed statistically significant reductions in verbal abuse and corporal punishment, and in harsh parenting overall, with reductions in partner violence and family difficulties contributing to improvements in family well-being. The evaluation indicates that with further development, this programme could be implemented as a primary prevention measure to complement child protection services. To consolidate the programme’s future implementation by building the pool of trained personnel, links with social work education should be further developed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-15T08:56:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211008965
       
  • Enhancing social work education’s diversity-oriented perspective by
           integrating refugees into higher education: Experiences from the
           ‘refugee crisis’ in Germany

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      Authors: Stefan Borrmann
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This note describes how integrating refugees into programs of social work education at universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany influenced the education provided, especially in rural areas where student bodies tend to be homogeneous groups. The refugees enrolled in social work courses changed those mostly homogeneous groups of students not only with their presence but moreover by introducing new perspectives on course content. As the changes prompted shifts in the global mindedness of fellow students and the teaching staff, the quality of the programs was enhanced.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-15T08:55:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211008228
       
  • Indigenous methods and knowledge: Maternal health policy and practice in
           Ethiopia, Africa

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      Authors: Aissetu B Ibrahima, Brian L Kelly
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This methodological article explores using Indigenous methodologies to elicit, gather, and report Indigenous knowledge as it relates to maternal health and mortality in the North Wollo Zone of Ethiopia. The authors demonstrate how attention to recruitment procedures (i.e. researcher and research assistant familiarity with the zone), data collection (i.e. interviews, visual dialogues, and observations), and data analysis (i.e. Circles and talking pieces) facilitated the elicitation and gathering of Indigenous knowledge. The authors contend using Indigenous methodologies to elicit, gather, and report Indigenous knowledge is essential to developing and implementing effective maternal health and mortality policies and programs in the region.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-15T08:55:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211008961
       
  • Living arrangements and intergenerational support among older Chinese:
           Does the gender of the co-resident adult children make a difference'

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      Authors: Shuyan Yang, Lili Xie, Ting Li
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study examines the effect of living arrangements on intergenerational support for older Chinese, using a nationally representative survey data of 9713 respondents (mean age = 70.18 years). The results of a generalised ordered logit and logit model showed that older adults living with a daughter received better instrumental and emotional support than those living with a son. The associations between residing with a daughter and the provision of intergenerational support varied between urban- and rural-dwelling older adults. The findings suggest that attention should be given to the gender perspective in gerontological social work practices and family support policies.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-15T08:55:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211001427
       
  • Application of social work in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals
           for children: A case study from Abkhazia

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      Authors: Yamile M. Marti Haidar, Mashkhura Akilova, Catherine Carlson, Amina Zantaria, Yan Luo
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social work can be an effective tool in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically those concerning children and families such as ending poverty, hunger, promoting good health, wellbeing, peace, justice, and strong institutions. Now, more than ever, with the COVID-19 pandemic, social work has a crucial role in promoting the SDGs through communities that are suffering from illness, isolation, grief, economic despair and mental health illness, and particularly to support children. Using a case study from the post-conflict partially recognized state of Abkhazia, this article will discuss how strengthening and expanding the social work profession can support communities striving to meet Sustainable Development Goals related to child outcomes. We will present the general social work model of practice and training program developed in Abkhazia, in collaboration with UNICEF.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-05-03T07:06:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211001510
       
  • Creating alternative interventions in social work to promote
           socio-economic development in South Africa: Lessons from selected social
           enterprises

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      Authors: Robert M Kajiita, Simon M Kang’ethe
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social work interventions for families, individuals and communities should be comprehensive and sustainable. A social enterprise model with dual social and economic value creation provides a useful framework for such interventions. Through a qualitative research approach and case study design, three social enterprises were studied. The findings indicate that social enterprises pursue people-centred investment; engineer and promote social integration and equity in the local communities; and create employment and promote skill development for vulnerable groups such as women and youth. Thus, a social enterprise dual mission for accruing social and economic value aligns with the social work helping mandate, and therefore smoothly integrates.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-29T10:11:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820972463
       
  • HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among social work students: A comparative
           study

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      Authors: Oscar Labra, Augustin Ependa, Isis Chamblas, Gabriel Gingras-Lacroix, André Antoniadis, Cristine Biston, Marthe Mukeshimana, Marie-Ève Giroux
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The article describes a quantitative cross-sectional study of a sample of 674 university students enrolled in social work programmes in four countries: Belgium, Canada, Chile and Switzerland. The study aimed to assess HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among participants. The median HIV-KQ-18 score for the sample was 14.0, which Carey and Schroder classify as indicating borderline low levels of knowledge. Based on the results, the authors argue that social work education and training programmes should more comprehensively address HIV/AIDS within their curricula to better equip future social workers to challenge stigmatising and exclusionary practices rooted in long-standing lack of knowledge and erroneous beliefs about the disease.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-28T11:17:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728211004676
       
  • ‘From our ownselves’: Acompañamiento with Indigenous
           Women in Perú

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      Authors: Mirna E Carranza
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article contributes to the ethical and practical conceptualizations of centring marginalized voices in research across borders. This project worked within the parameters of international social work (ISW) in Perú, which is a space where the advancement of globalization and colonization has deepened the historical exclusion and marginality of Indigenous women. To work towards social justice, this project developed creative innovative approaches to engagement and resisted western notions of progress. As research is not neutral, deconstruction of contextual forces that shape research makes visible how knowledge(s) are understood and subjugated in ISW, in particular that of Indigenous women.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-28T11:14:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820970261
       
  • A systematic review of the roles of social workers in inclusive education
           for children with disabilities

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      Authors: Edward Asamoah, Cherry Hau-lin Tam, Ebenezer Cudjoe
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      International and local communities have made commitments to ensure that children with disabilities have equal opportunities in education, just like their non-disabled counterparts. Regardless of the increasing research about the development of inclusive education for children with disabilities, inclusive education is not achieved. This calls for a focus on what other professionals, like social workers, can contribute to the successful implementation of inclusive education. A systematic review yielding 11 studies revealed that social workers perform well-known generalist practitioner roles like advocacy, collaboration, education, facilitation and provider of psychosocial support which emphasises the need to involve social workers in inclusive schools.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-26T05:23:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820971707
       
  • Bridging the know–do gap in African road safety through social work

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      Authors: Steven Jones, Catherine Carlson, Frances Sumner-Jones, Olive Musoni
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The global road safety crisis disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed, with relatively low rates of vehicle ownership, Africa bears a disproportionate burden of annual road fatalities per population. Transportation and public health professionals have long been aware of the behavioral aspects of the global road safety epidemic. Successful collaboration of social work and public health in Africa is well documented. Road safety presents an opportunity for interdisciplinary research and practice with road safety professionals to bridge the know–do gap that continues to challenge progress toward reducing the burden of injuries and deaths attributable to crashes.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-15T09:11:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820971691
       
  • ‘All social work takes place in a macro context’: The gap between
           international social work training and practice

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      Authors: Hanna Kim, Tamara Sussman, Mohammad Nuruzzaman Khan, Sarilee Kahn
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This explanatory sequential mixed-methods study combined data from an online survey with international social workers (N = 44), and key informant qualitative interviews (N = 6), to identify gaps and synergies between what is taught in graduate social work programmes and expected by employers. Findings suggested that although social work values align well with international social work, gaps exist between the macro knowledge and skills required for international work and that which graduate training offers. Findings further suggested that if unaddressed, these incompatibilities may contribute to the invisibility of social work as a viable training ground for practice in international aid agencies.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-09T07:14:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872821993524
       
  • Social work education in Turkey at the crossroads: An analysis of
           educational trends and socio-political context in a historical perspective
           

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      Authors: Hakan Acar, Gonca Polat
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Similar to the trajectory in many countries, social work education in Turkey developed in the aftermath of World War II, the foundations of which were shaped along international dynamics rather than local context. In this regard, there has been an ongoing debate on localization of social work education. This article discusses the historical trajectory of social work education in Turkey through a systematic review of literature and analysis of data collected by semi-structured interviews with key informants. The implications of neoliberalism for the social work profession in Turkey reflect a dual framework where the human rights perspective co-exists with a faith-based approach.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-08T06:35:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872821993520
       
  • Connecting the dots: Neighbourhood House and institutional accessibility

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      Authors: Miu Chung Yan, Sean Lauer
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Accessibility to public resources has been a major challenge to many service users. The fragmentation among different organizational stakeholders in social service generates a ‘wicked problem’ that creates an institutional barrier for service users in the community to navigate the maze of service networks. However, this institutional barrier has not been fully discussed and articulated in the social service literature. Based on the findings of a study on Neighbourhood House in Metro Vancouver, Canada, we argue that as a place-based community service organization it has successfully generated an institutional accessibility for service providers and service users to reach each other.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-08T06:28:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820972469
       
  • Supervisory relationship in cyber supervision: Implications for social
           work supervision

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      Authors: Kitty Yuen-han Mo, On-fat Chan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      There is a dearth of research in supervisory relationships in the emerging practice of cyber supervision. This study explores supervisees’ perception of supervision experience and the building of supervisory relationships on a cyber platform. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 24 participants in a nationwide supervision training programme. The findings revealed three themes concerning supervisees’ perception of satisfaction with the online supervisory relationship – the elements that hinder and facilitate relationships – and their impacts on future cyber supervision. The study helped to increase understanding of relationship building on cyber platforms and will have implications for future cyber supervision.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-08T06:22:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872821991887
       
  • Changing nature of adoption and need for post-adoption services:
           Intercountry adoption practice in Taiwan and Australia

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      Authors: Ching-Hsuan Lin, Yu-Wen Chen, Chin-Wan Wang, Amy Conley Wright, Margaret Spencer, Sonja Van Wichelen
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study explores issues on post-adoption services in intercountry adoptions based on the perspectives of adoption professionals from Taiwan and Australia. Findings revealed that both birth and adoptive families identify service needs for material and emotional support and connection after the adoption process is finalized. However, the current lack of government funding for post-adoption services result in gaps in service delivery. Adoption agencies experience challenges in funding and balancing the interests of the child and the two families. Implications for practice and policy are discussed to enhance the quality of post-adoption services and improve the well-being of the adoption triad.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-08T06:18:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820969773
       
  • African migrants and stress coping strategies in Australia: Implications
           for social work

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      Authors: Irene Ikafa, Dieu Hack-Polay, Janet Walker, Ali B Mahmoud
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This research investigates resettlement stress among African migrants in Australia and how migrants manage stress. The research used 30 semi-structured interviews with African migrants in Western Australia. Participants used various strategies, including reliance on family as a community and on God – usually constructed by alliance rather than kinship – to manage stress. The article’s key contribution highlights the multilayered approach for social work to integration strategies for migrants. The study identifies three significant issues emerging: the importance of ‘families’ as community networks, the experience of discrimination and the significance of faith in God as crucial migrant support factors.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-08T06:16:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820963435
       
  • Considerations for integrating technology into social work practice: A
           content analysis of nine professional social work associations’ Codes of
           Ethics

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      Authors: Katheryn Margaret Pascoe
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article provides an overview of key ethical considerations for the adoption of technology in social work practice. A content analysis was conducted across nine professional social work associations’ Codes of Ethics. Although considered key reference documents to guide safe practice, this research found limited and varied coverage of technology and focused predominantly on social media use. In an increasingly Internet-based and technology-driven world, social workers must resist reactionary responses to rapid technological developments. Consulting multiple sources is vital to assess the advantages and limitations of technology use, and to mitigate risks to service users, their families, fellow practitioners and the profession.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-02T05:59:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820980833
       
  • Trajectories of incorporation and the socioeconomic status of immigrants
           in Spain during the economic crisis: The case of the Basque Country

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      Authors: Arkaitz Fullaondo, Gorka Moreno
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Spain has experienced a major social transformation, which is the result of immigration. This article looks at the differences that occur in their trajectories of incorporation, taking into consideration the socioeconomic, migratory and legal variables. The results show the social stratification of the immigrant group and the differences in terms of internal inequality. Furthermore, it has been noted that while in a period of economic boom, human capital was the most important factor in explaining a rising incorporation, in the period of recession, duration of stay is the crucial variable, not so much for a rising incorporation, but to maintain the same socioeconomic status.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-04-02T05:54:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820980814
       
  • Planning for future care provision for children living with disabilities:
           A cross-cultural consideration

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      Authors: Clara Choi
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Cultural context has a significant influence on family support and parenting for children living with disabilities and has been powerful in shaping treatment and service provision. For parents, a pervasive concern lies with planning for future care provision for their child, and here culture plays a role. This qualitative research explores how cultural context shapes the future care provision plans for Korean parents by examining similarities and differences of future care provision-planning between Korean migrant families in New Zealand and those living in Korea. Specifically, the article examines the influence of familism on planning for future care among Koreans.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-31T05:27:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820970615
       
  • A global review of violence prevention plans: Where are the men and
           boys'

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      Authors: Lana Wells, Sarah Fotheringham
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Given the wealth of research calling for meaningful engagement of men and boys in preventing violence against women, this study examined whether current government-endorsed violence prevention plans in countries of the Global North included men and boys as a target for primary prevention. One hundred and fourteen plans from 14 countries were analysed, and findings revealed that engaging men and boys as primary prevention advocates is still in its infancy and mostly focused on individual change. The article concludes that governments should invest in comprehensive prevention strategies and whole-of-population approaches that target social structures and norms that reinforce violence.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-30T07:18:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820963430
       
  • A structural social work approach to oral health care in Nepal

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      Authors: Laura Spero, Lisa Werkmeister Rozas
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Structural social work (SSW) is a critical theory that frames poverty, violence, and disease as the product of oppressive social structures. SSW concepts were applied to a rural dentistry project in Nepal. Delivery of oral health care in Nepal is influenced by capitalist, colonialist, and scientific-modernist ideologies that disadvantage the rural poor. Jevaia Oral Health Care operationalizes SSW principles of tension relief, consciousness-raising, collectivization, and power-brokering, but is limited in tackling structural problems around etiological aspects of oral disease. SSW offers useful and important practice strategies for improving oral health care in Nepal.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-29T05:07:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820967431
       
  • Understanding professional distress through social representations:
           Investigating the shared experience of healthcare social workers in Canada
           

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      Authors: Lilian Negura, Maude Lévesque
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Our study sought to refine our understanding of professional distress by examining the experience of healthcare social workers in the following three Canadian provinces: Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. Thirty semi-directed interviews were conducted to explore the social workers’ social representation of professional distress and its ties to professional identity and growing organizational constraints. Attitudes, work–life imbalances, and negative workplace experiences were found to increase the subjective experience of distress. Current psychosocial and organizational contexts of front-line practitioners are contributors to their professional distress, a matter further exacerbated by the misrepresentation of social work by colleagues and service beneficiaries.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-29T04:52:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820967428
       
  • Development of research on social work practice in mainland China:
           Context, challenges, and opportunities

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      Authors: Shiyou Wu, Miao Wang, Brian E Perron, Jin Huang, Juliann Li, Xiaochun Zhou, Yuhong Zhu, Xuesong He, Jun Wen, Fengzhi Ma
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Research on social work practice is essential for developing an indigenized base of knowledge. In China, while social work education has grown rapidly, much of what is taught – and many social work priorities in research and practice – is influenced by rapidly changing national government policies. This policy environment creates both opportunities and challenges to building an infrastructure to support research on social work practice. This article reviews the context and challenges related to developing research on social work practice in mainland China, and the important role for social work education to support this development.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-27T12:28:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820980797
       
  • A socially innovative service model in Istanbul

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      Authors: Aysu Uzsayilir, Tüzin Baycan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The aim of this study is to strengthen the urban rights and quality of life of vulnerable groups by contributing to the development of a new approach and standards in urban social services. Toward this goal, we present the socially innovative service model (SISM) which ensures a framework of daytime care and support centers for disabled individuals established in the Eyüp district, wherein generally the lower and lower-middle classes of Istanbul reside. SISM provides an important perspective on rights-based social policies as well as community and city interaction, thereby enabling interdisciplinary study of social sciences and planning.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-19T06:34:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820972466
       
  • Thinking about offender social reintegration: A case study of one NGO
           programme in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

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      Authors: Emmison Muleya
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Successful social reintegration is critical if we are to reduce recidivism and crime in general. This voice of people article presents a background case for why effective offender reintegration services are key in South Africa, and the Eastern Cape in particular, through an example of the Offender Reintegration programme rendered by the National Institute of Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO). Apart from the paucity of literature on offender reintegration, very few voices from people working directly with these former offenders are ever heard. Therefore, this article seeks to address this gap by contributing to the body of knowledge on offender social reintegration.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-17T06:24:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820967425
       
  • Social exclusion, mental health, and social well-being among African
           immigrants in the United States

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      Authors: Sherinah Saasa, David Okech, Yoon Joon Choi, Larry Nackerud, Tenesha Littleton
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study examined the effects of social exclusion (socio-cultural and structural-economic exclusion) on the mental health and social well-being of African immigrants in the United States (N = 409). We found that social exclusion increased depression and anxiety symptoms, decreased societal trust, increased subjective isolation, and increased worries about one’s safety among African immigrants. The results further indicated strong negative effects of discrimination on mental health and social well-being. The findings highlight the need for social work interventions that target discrimination and structural exclusionary mechanisms in efforts to improve the mental health and social well-being of African immigrants in the United States.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-02-11T10:27:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820963425
       
  • A critical review of Chinese and international social work: Walking a
           tightrope between local and global standards

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      Authors: Qian Meng, Mel Gray, Lieve Bradt, Griet Roets
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents a critical analysis of the challenges global social work standards present for mainland China (hereafter China) with its authoritarian political ideology that is in tension with the profession’s universal values grounded in liberal individualism. China is caught between the Scylla of universal standards and Charybdis of indigenisation seeking to adapt social work to its unique sociocultural contexts. Based on our extensive literature review, we identified four challenges for Chinese social work: (1) balancing personal social services and social development, (2) negotiating global standards and local realities, (3) responding to poverty and other national social development issues and (4) pressures towards indigenisation, while remaining in step with social work’s global standards. China favours the continued adaptation of imported knowledge and practice interventions within local and national sociocultural, economic and political realities. This study also highlights social work in China’s urban bias and limited attention to rural issues, acknowledging this is a concern for social work even in Western contexts.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-01-09T07:37:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820963424
       
  • Peace, love, and justice: A participatory phenomenological study of
           psychosocial well-being in Afghanistan

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      Authors: Martha Bragin, Bree Akesson, Mariam Ahmady, Sediqa Akbari, Bezhan Ayubi, Raihana Faqiri, Zekrullah Faiq, Spozhmay Oriya, Rohina Zaffari, Mohammad Hadi Rasooli, Basir Ahmad Azizi, Fareshteh Barakzai, Yasamin Haidary, Sediqa Jawadi, Hannah Wolfson, Sayed Jafar Ahmadi, Basir Ahmad Karimi, Sataruddin Sediqi
      First page: 457
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      While there have been many studies that elucidate the extent of human suffering in Afghanistan, there has been no formal study of what it means to be psychologically and socially well. This article reports on a participatory phenomenological study conducted in Afghanistan designed to better understand psychosocial well-being. Collecting data from 440 Afghan participants in 56 focus group discussions, the research specifically elaborated and operationalized definitions of psychosocial well-being that were relevant to the Afghan context. This study adds critical value around definitions of what it means to be psychosocially well in Afghanistan and other conflict-affected countries.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-03-20T05:26:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820969781
       
  • Workers needed to foster improved academic performance: Perspectives of
           social workers and education officers in Ghana

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      Authors: Abena Oforiwaa Ampomah
      First page: 525
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study examines the perceptions of social welfare and education officers in Ghana about school social work practice and its possible contributions to improving academic performance at the basic level of education. Qualitative data were collected through two focus group discussions with social workers and education officers. Participants expressed views that school social work interventions are needed to strengthen the bond between the home and the school, help students deal with psycho-social problems, and reduce the burden on teachers. Suggestions were also made on the best ways to foster the practice of school social work in Ghana. Theses coalesced around three core themes: active engagement of stakeholders, a robust funding mechanism to develop and sustain social work interventions in schools, and a long-term agenda to train and recruit more school social workers.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2021-10-25T09:22:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0020872820940037
       
 
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