Research

Why do We Need Social Work Research?

Social work research informs professional practice. Through social work research, the profession can:

  • Assess the needs and resources of people in their environments
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of social work services in meeting peoples needs
  • Demonstrate relative costs and benefits of social work services
  • Advance professional education in light of changing contexts for practice
  • Understand the impact of legislation and social policy on the clients and communities we serve

Evidence-Based Practice

Definitions Resources References This NASW Research Web Page focuses on Evidence-Based Practice. Social workers increasingly are seeking information about evidence-based practices. Numerous resources are emerging to help connect research to practice and provide information that can be helpful to practitioners. Since the term evidence-based practice (EBP) is used in numerous ways, definitions will be provided […]

January 1st, 2008 at 1:25 pm

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Military Service-Related PTSD

Reports from the recent United States-related military conflicts in the Middle East, most notably in Iraq, have increased public awareness of not only the physical wounds, but also the emotional trauma associated with military combat. Historically, a number of terms have evolved to define a psychiatric malady that manifests during or after combat experience. This […]

September 1st, 2007 at 9:01 am

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Developmental Disabilities

This NASW research Web page focuses on developmental disabilities and social work’s response through research, collaboration, and advocacy. It provides an overview of the profession’s stance on developmental disabilities (DD) and its contemporary commitment to serving those with DD and their families, and offers links to resources and research-based publications. Research in the arena of […]

July 1st, 2007 at 1:18 pm

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Evidence Based Practice Publications

Publication List by Topic Dissemination/Translation/Implementation Cultural Competence EBP and Aging EBP and Child Welfare EBP and Social Work Education EBP and Mental Health General Measurement Dissemination/Translation/Implementation Barwick, M.A., Boydell, K.M., Stasiulis, E., Ferguson, H.B., Blase, K., Fixsen, D. (2005). Knowledge transfer and implementation of evidence-based practices in children’s mental health. Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Available […]

Refugees

One of the ways the social work profession in the United States relates to the international community is through our long-standing social work with refugees.  The particular migration of refugee populations and specialized services to them began with the post-World War II era.  This nation’s population is primarily comprised of immigrants and their descendents, and […]

May 18th, 2007 at 9:13 am

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Public Health Social Work

Public Health Social Work Public health research incorporates a broad array of studies that address systems, policies, and personnel that work to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote better health care.  Within the broad array of public health research are studies specific to public health social work practice, an area of practice that has strong […]

May 18th, 2007 at 9:13 am

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End-Of-Life Care

Efforts to Increase Research and to Translate Findings End of Life References This research Web page resource focuses on end-of-life care. Although end-of-life care is often closely connected with medical services and facilities, social workers, with our history of home-based and family-oriented services, have been in the forefront of end-of-life services whether through hospice care […]

May 10th, 2007 at 1:23 pm

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Female Genital Cutting

This research Web page focuses on female genital cutting (FGC), sometimes referred to as female genital mutilation or female circumcision. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 100 to140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone this procedure, and approximately 2 million girls are at risk of being cut every year. Although this practice […]

April 1st, 2007 at 1:27 pm

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Ethics

Resources Research Articles A code of conduct is a hallmark of a profession.  It prescribes behavior of professionals in serving and protecting clientele, colleagues, and the society at large.  The Code of Ethics for the social work profession has been developed through its major professional association, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  Evolving from […]

October 1st, 2006 at 1:23 pm

Housing

Resources Research Articles One of life’s basic needs, like food and water, is shelter. The provision of housing and associated services extends across virtually all of social work’s various arenas of endeavor, from providing foster care to neglected or abused children, to finding homes for persons leaving treatment facilities, to helping refugees find their “place” […]

August 10th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

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