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International Social Work
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Number of Followers: 20  
 
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ISSN (Print) 0020-8728 - ISSN (Online) 1461-7234
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  • Lived experience: A constant companion for the social work relationship

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      Authors: Patrick O’Leary, Ming-sum Tsui
      Pages: 1075 - 1077
      Abstract: International Social Work, Volume 65, Issue 6, Page 1075-1077, November 2022.

      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-11-04T10:52:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221138677
      Issue No: Vol. 65, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • News from our societies – ICSW: No one left behind: social welfare for
           everyone everywhere on the planet

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      Authors: Antonio López Peláez
      Pages: 1314 - 1315
      Abstract: International Social Work, Volume 65, Issue 6, Page 1314-1315, November 2022.

      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-11-04T10:51:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221138709
      Issue No: Vol. 65, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • Abstracts (French, Spanish, Chinese)

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      Pages: 1316 - 1334
      Abstract: International Social Work, Volume 65, Issue 6, Page 1316-1334, November 2022.

      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-11-04T10:52:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221138708
      Issue No: Vol. 65, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • The feelings of living in poverty and depending on social assistance: An
           exploratory study on gender differences in Dibao families in China

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      Authors: Haomiao Zhang, Hong Tan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Little is known about the differences in feelings of poverty and social assistance receipt among the different genders of heads of Chinese Dibao families. This article makes a preliminary analysis of the feelings of Chinese female heads of Dibao families about living in poverty and depending on social assistance and compares them with those of male heads. It finds that there are gender differences in the experiences between the female and male heads of Dibao families in China. The article argues that social assistance policies should be constructed or correspondingly adjusted in a targeted manner to become gender-sensitive.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-11-16T10:55:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221131766
       
  • Let not the world change us: Critical consciousness as a moderator in the
           relationship between role stress and burnout among social workers in China
           

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      Authors: Anna Chen, Guanghuai Zheng, Xianda Gao, Yaojian Wu
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Critical consciousness, as a core competence of western social workers and a type of personal resource, has been diminished in China. This study examined whether critical consciousness buffered the effect of role stress on burnout with a nationally representative sample. Results showed that critical consciousness prevented emotional exhaustion and depersonalization in social workers suffering from role stress while it did not enable them to perceive personal accomplishment. The results carry implications for maintaining social workers’ workplace well-being and professional pursuits by incorporating critical consciousness into their professional competence and personal resources.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-31T01:39:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221126579
       
  • National Strategy for a Barrier-Free Environment: Problems, tolerance and
           implementation

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      Authors: Oleg M Yaroshenko, Hanna V Anisimova, Tetiana V Koliesnik, Halyna A Kaplina, Nadiya O Babych
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The aim of this article is to study the issues of inclusiveness in Ukraine and analyse the National Strategy for Creating a Barrier-Free Environment regarding its consistency with the facts of life in Ukraine. It considers the international experience in creating a barrier-free inclusive society and the implementation of the most effective achievements in Ukraine. It analyses the National Strategy and singles out its specific features, key elements, and main aims in creating a barrier-free environment in Ukraine. Analysis of the National Strategy was conducted in the context of inclusion and ensuring equal opportunities.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-31T01:36:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221126002
       
  • The utilisation of Ubuntu across cultures: A case study of a rural
           development programme in China

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      Authors: Yu Xiang, Charles Tong-Lit Leung
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Ubuntu generally means humanity. It is an African philosophy and a principle that is being promoted by the international bodies of social work. Like other Western knowledge, its capacity for indigenisation should be a shared interest nowadays. This article assesses the utilisation of Ubuntu for a rural development programme in China. It illustrates Ubuntu’s unique perspectives about traditional values and human relationships for promoting a holistic understanding of professional practice. The implications encourage further discoveries of various potential uses of Ubuntu in respective localities for developing a polythetic community of international social work.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-25T11:00:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221129364
       
  • Acceptance of using technologies in telesupervision during the pandemic:
           An international study

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      Authors: Kitty Yuen-han Mo, Kieran O’Donoghue
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study utilizes the Technology Acceptance Model by exploring the relationship between user acceptance attitude and actual usage behaviors of technological tools in telesupervision among supervisors in international societies. Specifically, the age of supervisors is examined to see whether it mediates the relationship between acceptance attitude and usage behavior. Survey data were collected from 194 supervisors in international societies using online Survey Monkey. The results indicated a significant relationship between user acceptance attitude and actual usage behaviors of technological tools in telesupervision. Implications of these findings for supervision training and further telesupervision development are discussed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-25T10:56:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221127397
       
  • Addressing the essential skills competency in teaching among social work
           educators in Malaysian public universities

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      Authors: Siti Nur Edlyn Nadia, M Rezaul Islam, Siti Hajar Abu Bakar Ah, Noralina Omar
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The article derives data from a qualitative study conducted to address the essential skills competency in teaching among social work educators in Malaysian public universities. The study conducted in-depth case interviews with selected lecturers who teach social work education in public universities in Malaysia. The results showed that social work educators believe in communication skills, cognitive skills, analytical skills, hands-on practice and continuous training for quality social work education; nevertheless, they do not all possess such skills efficiently as per skills competency standards in Malaysia. The findings would be important guidelines for social work educators and policy makers in Malaysia.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-25T10:51:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221127394
       
  • Recognising common developments and trends across Western child welfare
           systems: A comparison of Italy, Norway and Slovenia

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      Authors: Nina Helen Aas Røkkum, Nigel Parton, Bente Heggem Kojan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Based on observational data, individual interviews (N = 22) and focus groups (N = 8) with practitioners in Italy, Norway and Slovenia, this study applies a grounded theory approach in exploring frontline practitioners’ experiences of supporting families involved with child welfare services. It was anticipated that there would be significant differences between the countries regarding practitioners’ understandings of families’ needs and problems, and approaches to help. However, the analysis showed considerable transnational similarities. This study, therefore, offers a new perspective to the welfare regime literature in suggesting that there are important similarities to be recognised across child welfare typologies.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-25T10:39:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221126793
       
  • Non-governmental organizations’ enablers of asset accumulation and
           poverty reduction in Zimbabwe

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      Authors: Itai Kabonga, Kwashirai Zvokuomba, Enock Musara, Witness Chikoko, Kudzai Mwapaura, Kudzai Nyabeze
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This Voices from Practice note delineates institutional and non-institutional enablers of asset accumulation in Zimbabwe. It argues that in promoting asset accumulation and poverty reduction, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) rely on the support of government ministries, partner NGOs, community volunteers, and community leaders. That perspective shifts and moves away from placing NGOs at the center of asset accumulation and poverty reduction efforts in communities. This article concludes that social work practice can be integral in contributing to poverty reduction when there are various stakeholders collaborating to enhance the welfare of communities at risk.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-25T06:52:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221127658
       
  • Identification work: Ambivalence, qualms and resistance in social
           workers’ identification of trafficking victims

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      Authors: Anette Brunovskis
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Social workers play a pivotal part in the implementation of human trafficking policies, not least in identification of victims. When assessing who is and who is not a trafficking victim, boundaries are drawn between different groups of people and the human trafficking definition is operationalised. However, the actual practice of trafficking identification has not been sufficiently explored. Based on 12 qualitative interviews with social workers in Norway and taking an institutional ethnographic approach, I argue that a framing of identification as identification work underlines the ongoing assessments and actions that comprise identification, as well as ethical tensions in social workers’ identification practice.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-03T09:40:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221126263
       
  • A phenomenological study of addiction recovery at a model drug abuse
           center, Social Welfare Department, Punjab, Pakistan

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      Authors: Khadija Tariq Khan, Tahira Jabeen
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article attempts to provide an insight into the experiences of drug addicts at a rehabilitation center, run by the provincial Social Welfare Department in Lahore, Pakistan, through a qualitative approach. The menace of drugs is increasing worldwide, including Pakistan. Effective treatment and rehabilitative services can lower the prevalence rate of drug addiction. The aim of this research was to understand/explore the experiences of research participants about the phenomenon of drug addiction and rehabilitation services provided in the field of social welfare. This research extends the current knowledge of individuals’ drug addiction by revealing the complexities and intricacies of this behavior.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-26T07:01:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221124370
       
  • Gendered experiences of loneliness during COVID-19 isolation: Insights for
           intersectional feminist social work – the case of Çankaya/Ankara,
           Turkey

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      Authors: Burcu Hatiboğlu-Kısat
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      The aim of this study is to understand the phenomenon of isolation due to COVID-19 through the lens of a feminist perspective. It focuses on daily life experiences of oppressed individuals living in Çankaya, whose spatial, socio-cultural, and political positions intersect with their age, disability, and gender. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 37 people, of different ages, disabilities, and gender statements. Findings show that multi-dimensional oppressions and discriminations have undermined solidarity relations and result in more profound loneliness. The results highlight that new social work approaches involving intersectional feminist consciousness of oppressions need to be developed.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-21T09:00:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221119283
       
  • Citizenship and multicultural social work: Challenges and opportunities of
           ethnic minority youth in political engagement in Hong Kong

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      Authors: Kim Kwok
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article reports on qualitative research investigating Pakistani minority youth’s political engagement in the 2019 Anti-Extradition Movement in Hong Kong. Some informants’ engagement was inhibited by challenges such as institutional limitations, while others identified various opportunities. This article presents an Asian example from a unique historical context to illuminate the potential role of political engagement in ethnic minority youth’s personal and social development and how the citizenship social work framework enhances understanding of ethnic minority youth and cultural competence in multicultural social work. Furthermore, it advocates social work as an empowering agency to implement citizenship rights for ethnic minority youth.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-20T09:03:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221123478
       
  • Supervision framework for international field education in India: Shared
           knowledge and experiences of supervisors from India, Israel, and Australia
           

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      Authors: Kiran Thampi, Saju Madavanakadu Devassy, Kalpana Goel, Iris Zadok, Sophie Diamandi, Mona Khoury Kassabri, Joseph Mannooparambil Kuncheria, Haritha Prahlad
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Along with the logistic planning, the important focus of international student mobility programmes in social work is on the field supervision process and measuring its outcome. Without a social work council in India for setting uniform standards in field education, this paper proposes a framework for field supervision to support inbound mobility students in India. The study predominantly explores the qualitative experiences of field supervisors from India, Israel, and Australia on fieldwork supervision. The themes evolved from the study are focused on the supervision process, strategies followed, challenges faced, and outcome measurement.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-19T09:47:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221123165
       
  • Nature-based interventions in social work practice and education: Insights
           from six nations

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      Authors: Maddy Slattery, Sylvia Ramsay, Anita Pryor, Hilary Gallagher, Christine Lynn Norton, Lynette Nikkel, Amanda Smith, Ben Knowles, Donna McAuliffe
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This paper presents findings from an investigation of nature-based practices, from the perspectives of 10 academics/educators from six nations. Participants engaged in a focus group exploring the prevalence and inclusion of nature in social work practice and education. While the study focused on individual members’ experiences and perspectives, the findings highlight important context-specific factors for including nature within social work to reconnect humans with nature for health, well-being, healing, and justice. An Integrative Environmental Model for social work is proposed to assist future practice and education.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-15T05:49:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221123160
       
  • Strategic processes to further the professional status of social work in
           Nigeria

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      Authors: Mel Gray, Solomon Amadasun
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines pivotal issues relating to social workers’ search for professional recognition in Nigeria. It begins with a historical discussion of social work’s universal quest to establish a distinct professional identity. Thereafter, it examines Nigerian social work’s path to professionalisation before introducing an analytical framework through recourse to an R-lexicon to highlight the interrelated processes by which professions establish their credentials and attain legitimation. These are registration and regulation, relevance, recognition, representation, relational connection, rights and research. This R-lexicon highlights key strategic areas Nigerian social workers might address to advance their quest for professional status.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-13T12:35:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221123193
       
  • Motivational factors among social work undergraduates in online education
           during the post-COVID-19 era

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      Authors: Athirah Azhar
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This essay summarises social work students’ experiences with online learning during a pandemic and investigates motivational factors post-pandemic. Post-COVID, 56 percent prefer hybrid learning. Students reported that they were the primary source of motivation for online classes, followed by course instructors and the environment.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-13T12:25:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221123161
       
  • Writing reports in social work: Characteristics, correctness and style

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      Authors: Mayte Cortés García, Silvia Patricia Cury, Andrés Arias Astray
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This research analyses the characteristics of a sample of social work reports issued at a social care centre in Spain. The research involved three assumptions: (1) drafting reports is a demanding task; (2) social workers are poorly trained in report writing; and (3) procedures for drafting reports are inadequate. The research involved two phases: (1) social workers (N = 8) were interviewed; (2) the content and writing style of 250 reports were analysed. The results show that the social work reports analysed stand out for their relevance. However, they need to be more systematic, concise and reliable.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-09-03T05:13:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221112728
       
  • Perspectives on being mothered and on negotiating the transition to
           motherhood: A qualitative study of low-income single mothers in Botswana

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      Authors: Tumani Malinga, Teresa Ann Ostler
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This study explored the different circumstances that single, low-income women from Botswana had to navigate in childhood with their own mothers and how they experienced and negotiated motherhood as single mothers living in poverty. Grounded in a constructionist paradigm and in literature on motherhood as a practice, discourse, and social identity that is constructed in the intersecting contexts of culture, class, ethnicity, and gender, in-depth data were gathered in semi-structured interviews with 15 women living in a rural region in Botswana. Women felt unprepared for motherhood and struggled in this role, yet they also viewed motherhood as transforming.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-08-22T11:06:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221116784
       
  • Burnout and mindfulness among social workers in Spain: A structural
           

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      Authors: Sandra Romero-Martín, Carmen Elboj-Saso, Tatiana Íñiguez-Berrozpe
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Although the number of studies on burnout in social work has increased in recent years, research is still scarce. A similar situation occurs in the area of studies on the effects of mindfulness in this profession, although the research topic has increased exponentially. Based on a quantitative analysis, our study proposes a structural equation model that relates the constructs of burnout, areas of worklife, and dispositional mindfulness among social workers. Results suggest that high levels of mindfulness as well as consistency in the areas of worklife have predictive and preventive effects on the incidence of burnout in social work.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-08-22T11:04:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221112733
       
  • Social work research ethics in China: A scoping review of research
           involving human subjects during COVID-19

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      Authors: Yixuan Wang, Shiyou Wu, Longtao He, Linjing Li, Zijiao Wang
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      As the first review to systematically explore the scope and application of Chinese social work research ethics, this study incorporated web-crawling technology in the scoping review process and identified 18 eligible studies from 1168 publications from January 2020 to July 2021. Findings suggest that social work scholars are aware of research ethics when conducting human subjects research in the Chinese population. Yet, many failed to fully demonstrate practical considerations of internationally accepted ethical principles (e.g. respect for persons). We discuss education on research ethics, new challenges of the digital age, and considerations of Chinese culture in developing ethical protocols for social work research in China.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-08-22T11:02:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221108004
       
  • Asian critical theory in understanding the women victims of anti-Asian
           hate crimes

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      Authors: Sangeun Lee
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Asian critical theory provides a conceptual lens to understand how racism affects Asian Americans and their communities as a racially marginalized population. During the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian crimes were witnessed at a heightened level and highlighted by the Atlanta massacre. Six out of eight victims were Asian women. The author calls for the utilization of Asian critical theory to elevate the conceptualization of their challenges and provide an analytical tool to interpret the Atlanta massacre. Within the global practice, this tailored approach grounded in the fieldwork and theory can help the immigrants and their rights in the global context.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-08-04T12:05:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221112727
       
  • Working for peace: Conflict and social work practice in the divided Cyprus

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      Authors: Vasilios Ioakimidis, Gregory Neocleous, Agamemnonas Zachariades, Hanife Serin, Buse Erzeybek, Ayse Ozada
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article focuses on social work professionals from both sides of divided Cyprus. Cyprus presents a very interesting, yet under-explored, case study as it remains an island de facto divided. The division has resulted in the physical and political separation of the two most populous ethnic communities (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots) for over 50 years. This article offers an exploration of the views of social workers on both sides. Through a quantitative approach, participants in the study were able to express their thoughts and beliefs on the ‘other’ and on social work in a post-conflict environment.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-27T06:05:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221104397
       
  • Developing a complexity-informed approach to hospital end-of-life care for
           people with dementia and their families

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      Authors: Felicity Moon, David W Kissane, Fiona McDermott
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Little is known about the role of hospital social work during end-of-life care of older patients diagnosed with dementia. In Australia, hospital social work assessment and intervention have been predominantly framed through systems theories, which provide limited insight into the dynamics shaping intervention outcomes. Using a complexity-informed theoretical approach, this article draws from a study examining end-of-life transitions for people with dementia in general medicine units. Expanding from a traditional systems perspective, we demonstrate the potential for social work to engage in situation sensitive problem-solving methods drawn from complexity theory to facilitate family adjustment following end-of-life transitions.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-16T06:18:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221108934
       
  • Assessing professional integration of clients’ religion and
           spirituality beliefs in practice

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      Authors: Rebecca Ranz, Merav Moshe Grodofsky
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents the findings of a cross-sectional study of 131 Israeli Jewish and Arab social workers that aimed to predict the probability that social workers would integrate clients’ religion and spirituality in practice. The study is the first of its kind in Israel. Findings showed that social workers have favourable attitudes and high levels of self-efficacy. However, study participants reported low feasibility and even lower levels of engagement of clients’ religious and spiritual beliefs in practice. One variable, age, emerged as a significant predictor of such integration. Integration of religion and spirituality in practice remains the professional’s personal choice.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-16T06:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221107480
       
  • Possibilities of using the humanistic ethics and psychoanalysis of Erich
           Fromm in establishing a relationship with a client within the context of
           anti-oppressive social work

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      Authors: Radka Janebová, Daniel Štěpánek
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article has been conceived as a theoretical essay on the possibility of using the theory of Erich Fromm in establishing and maintaining a client relationship in the context of anti-oppressive social work. The first section of the text presents possibilities of using Fromm’s models in resolving the risk of self-sacrifice to the client; the second focuses on how to work within the client’s boundaries and the risk of paternalistic approaches; the third proposes concepts with regard to working with client ir/responsibility.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-12T11:50:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221107482
       
  • Social work self-care education informed during the pandemic: Experience,
           reflection, and suggestion

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      Authors: Xiaoran Wang, Yiwei Zhang
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      During the coronavirus pandemic, self-care practice was more than ever underscored for social work students as they have encountered increasing stress in their personal life, schoolwork, and professional practice. These stressors have been interweaved with social problems, further increasing the pressure on them. For social work educators, this situation highlights the necessity of developing students’ self-care competency. This brief note reflects upon the challenges we face in integrating self-care components in social policy courses since the outbreak of the pandemic and suggests that social work self-care education can be broadened in terms of purpose, scope, and content in the future.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-12T11:49:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221104580
       
  • COVID-19 and client violence toward healthcare social workers in Chile

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      Authors: Magdalena Calderón-Orellana, Daniela Díaz Bórquez, Paula Miranda Sánchez
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses the violence perpetrated by clients against social workers who provided services to COVID-19 patients and their families in Chilean hospitals during the initial peak of the disease in the country. In this way, this becomes the first study to analyze client violence toward social workers in the health crisis generated by the pandemic. The results indicate that the presence of aggressions from clients is high and social workers’ coping strategies are passive. Finally, the urgent call for prevention and the need for research are presented.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-12T11:46:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221104395
       
  • The invisible frontiers: Mental health and turnover intention among
           Egyptian social workers

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      Authors: Abdallah Badahdah, Mohamed M Shahin, Wahiba Abu-Ras
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      Research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social workers is limited, especially from low-income countries. Hence, this study examined the effect of this international health crisis on the mental health of 261 social workers in health care settings in Egypt. Generalized anxiety and stress generated by fear of COVID-19 directly influenced social workers’ intention to leave their current job. The findings show the vulnerability of social workers employed in health care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their mental well-being is less than optimal, which might contribute to a high turnover rate.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-11T08:51:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221108006
       
  • Recruiting and nurturing social workers in Hong Kong and Australia

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      Authors: Chi Kin Kwan, Jialiang Cui
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      We compare the systems of social work education and training in Hong Kong and Australia according to three aspects: (1) the admission criteria for candidates of social work training programmes, (2) the quality of social work training and (3) the induction of novice social workers into professional practice.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-07T08:44:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221107488
       
  • Health social work with migrants: Constructing a specialist profession

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      Authors: Veronica Svärd, Elisabet Sernbo
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      In 2016–2017, a large Swedish hospital introduced a mobile team of asylum social workers to work with asylum-seeking and undocumented patients. Based on interviews with the asylum social workers and the theoretical concepts of jurisdiction and professional discretion, this study explores how they experienced their work and developed their specialist competence and strategies for health social work with migrants. The findings show that they not only relieved staff and supported patients and relatives but also systemised the knowledge about health social work with migrants and created a professional specialty with a socially, rather than medically, defined group of patients.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-07-05T11:04:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221107484
       
  • Indigenous knowledge and social work education in Nigeria: Challenges and
           need for sustainable development

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      Authors: Chinwe Nnama-Okechukwu, Hugh McLaughlin, Uzoma Okoye, Eleanor Hendricks, Loveness Imaan, Tumani Malinga, Agnes Wizi-Kambala, Samuel Ebimgbo, Oghenechoja Veta, Nnachi Imo
      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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-25T01:38:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221098511
       
  • Recognition, social work and homelessness

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      Authors: Chris Horsell
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-25T01:35:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221098509
       
  • Nordic welfare chauvinism: A comparative study of welfare chauvinism in
           Sweden, Norway and Finland

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      Authors: David Andreas Bell, Marko Valenta, Zan Strabac
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-24T05:46:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221094419
       
  • Physical accessibility in Malaysian higher educational institutions:
           Voices of students with disabilities

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      Authors: Cheong Chong Chan, Yusmarhaini Yusof, Fatimah Zailly Ahmad Ramli, Azlin Hilma Hillaluddin, Zarina Mat Saad
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-23T10:46:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221094417
       
  • Feminisms in social work and social care: Backwards, forwards or something
           in between

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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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-19T06:29:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221095962
       
  • Communal parenting, marriage and children in Papua, Indonesia: Insights
           for social work

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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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-19T06:28:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221094420
       
  • Raising the ‘environmental question’ in social work in Canada
           and Scotland

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      Authors: Tina E Wilson, Heather Lynch, Verena K Fisch
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-19T06:26:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221094415
       
  • Personal and environmental factors associated with self-reported
           resilience among social workers

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      Authors: Ester Zychlinski, Michal Itzick, Maya Kagan
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      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.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-05-19T05:23:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221087043
       
  • Social exclusion of US immigrants in the 21st century: A systematic review
           of qualitative studies

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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
      PubDate: 2022-05-11T05:30:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221087045
       
  • Poverty in Arab-Palestinian society in Israel: Social work perspectives
           before and during COVID-19

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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
           Chile

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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
       
  • Global social work working conditions and wellbeing

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      Authors: Jermaine Ravalier, David Jones, Rory Truell, Paula McFadden
      First page: 1078
      Abstract: International Social Work, Ahead of Print.
      This research explores the working conditions of social workers around the globe, using a mixed-methods approach. A survey of working conditions and wellbeing was distributed to social workers via email and social media. Results subsequently informed the interview schedule for individual semi-structured interviews with social work leaders from across the world. Results confirm that social workers have among the most difficult working conditions of all equivalent professions, with detrimental effects on services for individuals and communities due to burnout and retention. Suggested solutions include legal recognition of the social work profession, improved management support and better pay and conditions.
      Citation: International Social Work
      PubDate: 2022-10-28T11:43:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00208728221112731
       
 
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