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

Substance Abuse

NIDA Funded Social Work Infrastructure Development Programs References This Web page provides an overview of social work research, practice, and education related to substance abuse.  It includes links to national research and resource centers and to research findings in recent publications. A reference list of articles pertaining to substance abuse and related comorbidities is also […]

May 18th, 2006 at 9:50 am

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Social workers are an integral part of the interdisciplinary treatment teams within every Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Vet Center, and in many VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics. VA social workers work “to eliminate psychosocial complications as significant barriers to healthcare interventions for veterans and families. This is accomplished by developing and maintaining integrated, quality […]

May 18th, 2005 at 10:58 am

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Research on disasters is problematic. Disasters, by nature, are intermittent and arrive unexpectedly, although in some cases with some warning. They require massive recovery efforts which do not logistically lend themselves to the research process. The emotions, or masking of them, that occur during and after disasters, often result in displacement. Researchers, who can be […]

February 1st, 2005 at 1:19 pm


Poverty Organizations Engaged in Poverty Research Research References Social Work Research In The News – Poverty The social work profession’s deepest roots are entwined through the knot that is poverty, from the time of the Elizabethan Poor Laws, which are usually cited as the first attempts at the policy of poverty management, to today’s “welfare […]

January 1st, 2005 at 9:05 am

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Citations + Related Books References Listed In Social Work Abstracts The concept Resilience or Resiliency has deep roots in social work, although social work research related to it is relatively recent. There is dialogue within the profession as to whether a Resilience Theory exists, or if resiliency is a concept that describes a set or […]

August 1st, 2004 at 9:17 am

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Violence and Injury Prevention

Violence: Problem and Context Social Work Research Strategy Development Social Work Research Related to Violence Recommended Areas for Further Study Recommended Strategies for Future Research Selected References And Bibliography CDC Research Priorities in Preventing Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Child Maltreatment This month, NASW’s social work research pages address violence and injury prevention. Given […]

June 1st, 2004 at 11:07 am

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History of Social Work Research in Mental Health

Social work’s interface with mental health promotion and the treatment of mental illness dates to the earliest roots of our profession. From the asylum to the development of community based services, social workers counseled clients and supported families, undertook efforts to prevent mental illness and alleviate its consequences, developed programs, and advocated for public policy […]

February 10th, 2004 at 1:34 pm

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