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Social Work Research

Social Work Research

Four Volume Set
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December 2015 | 1 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Social work research has gathered a greater transparency and clarity of identity in North American and parts of Europe. Furthermore, the rapid emergence of social work research in other European countries, China, India, Japan and elsewhere in Asia and Pacific Rim countries, and gradually in South America, has created a need for a collection that can contribute to both shaping and making accessible key and sometimes hard-to-access sources.


This four-volume collection answers this need, bringing together key literature in a single resource and structuring it into thematic volumes to enable clear understanding of the different aspects involved in the research.


Volume One: Historical Trajectories, Purposes and Key Concepts

Volume Two: Key Decisions about Research Strategy

Volume Three: The Practice of Social Work Research

Volume Four: The Contexts of Social Work Research


Part One: Emergence and Developing Trajectories of Social Work Research
The Scientific Spirit and Social Work

Arthur J. Todd
What Is Social Case Work? An Introductory Description

Mary E. Richmond
What Social Case Records Should Contain to Be Useful for Sociological Interpretation

Ernest W. Burgess
Is Casework Effective?

Joel Fischer
Methods for Experimenting Society

Donald T. Campbell`
How Psychology Got Its Variables

Kurt Danziger and Katalin Dzinas
Rereading The Jack-Roller: Hidden Histories in Sociology and Social Work

Ian Shaw
Part Two: Purposes and Over-Arching Concepts of Social Work Research
Models of Helping and Coping`

Philip Brickman et al.
The Making and Molding of Child Abuse

Ian Hacking
A Genealogy of Dependency: Tracing a Keyword of the U.S. Welfare State

Fraser Nancy and Linda Gordon
The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice: Extensions and Cautions

Dennis Saleebey
Organizational and Personal Dimensions in Diversity Climate: Ethnic and Gender Differences in Employee Diversity Perceptions

Michàl Mor Barak, David Cherin and Sherry Berkman
Social Work and the Quest for Effective Practice

Aaron Rosen, Enola K. Proctor and Marlys M. Staudt
The Role of Science in Social Work: The Perennial Debate

William J. Reid
User Involvement in Research and Evaluation: Liberation or Regulation?

Peter Beresford
Social Research Today Some Dilemmas and Distinctions

Martyn Hammersley
Research as an Element in Social Work’s Ongoing Search for Identity

Walter Lorenz
Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

John P. A. Ioannidis
Experimental Research in Social Casework

James Robinson
Mousetraps, Developmental Research, and Social Work Education

Edwin J. Thomas
Knowers, Knowing, Known: Feminist Theory and Claims of Truth

Mary E. Hawkesworth
Connecting Method and Epistemology: A White Woman Interviewing Black Women

Rosalind Edwards
Standpoint Theory and the Questions of Social Work Research

Mary E. Swigonski
Psychological Inquiry and the Pragmatic and Hermeneutic Traditions

Donald Polkinghorne
Quality Issues in Qualitative Inquiry

Clive Seale
Five Misunderstandings about Case-Study Research

Bent Flyvbjerg
Digging for Nuggets: How ‘Bad’ Research Can Yield ‘Good’ Evidence

Ray Pawson
Knowledge for Theory and Practice

Andrew H. Van de Ven and Paul E. Johnson
Is Mixed Methods Social Inquiry a Distinctive Methodology?

Jennifer Greene
Horizons of Human Inquiry

K. Gergen
Explaining Social Work Practice – The CAIMeR Theory

Björn Blom and Stefan Morén
Outcome Studies of Social, Behavioral, and Educational Interventions: Emerging Issues and Challenges

Mark W. Fraser et al.
More than Method? A Discussion of Paradigm Differences within Mixed Methods Research

Gitte Sommer Harrits
The Social Worker, the Client and the Social Anthropologist

Martin Davies and Elinor Kelly
Evaluation of a Social Work Service for Self-Poisoning Patients

J. S. Gibbons et al.
Narrative Studies, Personal Stories, and Identity Transformation in the Mutual Help Context

Julian Rappaport
Unobtrusive Mobilization by an Institutionalized Rape Crisis Center

Frederika E. Schmitt and Patricia Yancey Martin
Practitioners as Rule Using Analysts: A Further Development of Process Knowledge in Social Work

Michael Sheppard and Kate Ryan
Narrative in Social Work: A Critical Review

Catherine Riessman and Lee Quinney
Comparison of Social Work Practice in Teams Using a Video Vignette Technique in a Multi-method Design

Leena Eskelinen and Dorte Caswell
Propensity Score Matching Strategies for Evaluating Substance Abuse Service for Child Welfare Clients

Shenyang Guo, Richard Barth and Claire Gibbons
Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System: 2-Year Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial

Patricia Chamberlain, Leslie D. Leve and Daivd S. DeGarmo
Researching the History of Social Work: Exposition of a History of the Present Approach

Caroline Skehill
Male Child Sexual Abuse: A Phenomenology of Betrayal

Ramons Alaggia and Graeme Millington
How Do Child and Family Social Workers Talk to Parents about Child Welfare Concerns?

Donald Forrester et al.
Ethics and the Practice of Qualitative Research

Ian Shaw
Psychotherapy Change Process Research: Realizing the Promise

Robert Elliott
Theorizing Practice Research in Social Work

Lars Uggerhøj
Part One: Problems, domains and social work institutional and practice contexts
Preadmission Screening: An Efficacy Study

Barbara Berkman et al.
The Background of Children Who Enter Local Authority Care

Andrew Bebbington and John Miles
Children in Secure Accommodation

Robert Harris and Noel Timms
When Evaluation Meets the ‘Rough Ground’ in Communities

Thomas Schwandt and Peter Dahler-Larsen
Habitual Trust in Encountering Violence at Work: Attitudes towards Client Violence among Finnish Social Workers and Nurses

Tuija Virkki
Performing ‘Initial Assessment’: Identifying the Latent Conditions for Error at the Front-Door of Local Authority Children's Services

Karen Broadhurst et al.
Part Two: Professional, Disciplinary and Governmental Expectations Regarding Best Evidence
The Empirical Practice Movement

William J. Reid
Evidence-based Practice: An Alternative to Authority-based Practice

Eileen Gambrill
Evidence-based Practice – The End of Professional Social Work or Architect of a New Professionalism?

Peter Sommerfeld
Evidence for the Art of Social Work

Clay T. Graybeal
Practitioner Expertise in Evidence-based Practice Decision Making

Stanley G. McCracken and Jeanne C. Marsh
Part Three: Political, Ethical, Intellectual, Social, Cultural and Spatial Contexts
Science as a Vocation

Max Weber
Democratising Expertise and Socially Robust Knowledge

Helga Nowotny
A Proper Place to Live: Health Inequalities, Agency and the Normative Dimensions of Space

Jennie Popay et al.
Exploring Tongan Social Work Fakafekau’aki (Connecting) and Fakatokilalo (Humility)

Tracie Mafile’o
Between Professional Ethics and Bureaucratic Rationality: The Challenging Ethical Position of Social Workers Who Are Faced with Implementing a Workfare Policy

Monica Kjoerstad
Human Rights and Capabilities

Amartya Sen
Researching ‘at Home’ as an Insider/Outsider: Gender and Culture in an Ethnographic Study of Social Work Practice in an Arab Society

Sahar S. Al-Makhamreh and Gillian Lewando-Hundt
Burden and Consequences of Child Maltreatment in High-Income Countries

Ruth Gilbert et al.