Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (Child Adolesc Soc Work J)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

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Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal features original articles that focus on clinical social work practice with children adolescents and their families. The journal addresses current issues in the field of social work drawn from theory direct practice research and social policy as well as focuses on problems affecting specific populations in special settings.

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Website Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal website
Other titles Child & adolescent social work journal, C & A, C and A, Child and adolescent social work
ISSN 0738-0151
OCLC 9495904
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: Few evidence-based methods for case management in child protection and child welfare are available. That is why Youth Protection Amsterdam Area (YPAA) developed a new method, by integrating their best practices: Intensive Family Case Management (IFCM). Because IFCM was developed in practice, clarity about its core elements and behavior acts was lacking. The purpose of this study was to establish a valid operationalization of IFCM used for implementation purposes such as training, clinical supervision and monitoring. A 74-item draft was developed to describe the behavioral acts of IFCM, based on a literature study and analysis of internal documents and training. To ensure content validity, a Delphi study was conducted. Over two rounds, professionals 1) rated the behavioral acts needed in the application of IFCM on a five-point Likert scale and 2) provided their preferred terminology. Items with consensus ratings of 80% or more were included in the final description. Selected IFCM experts rated the behavior acts over two rounds. The initial list with 74 behavior acts was reduced to 55 acts with a consensus of 80% or more. Certain behavior acts were combined, others did not lead to consensus. Based on experts’ feedback, the initial terminology of 46 behavior acts was modified. The final 55 acts were categorized in ten core elements. This study explicates the core elements of IFCM and describes the 55 necessary behavior acts in preferred and recognizable terminology. It describes the implications of these findings for the practice and gives recommendations for future research.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0403-7
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    ABSTRACT: African American children are disproportionality diagnosed with disabilities and receive special education services. A cultural mismatch hypothesis posits that white teachers may be more likely to refer African American children for disability assessments. This study assessed differences in ratings of African American children’s (N = 126) affective, anxiety, somatic, hyperactivity, oppositional, and conduct behaviors by themselves, their mothers, and teachers. The author hypothesized that teachers would have higher ratings of all externalizing behaviors than children and that children’s ratings of all internalizing behaviors would be higher than their mothers’ and teachers’ ratings. This study found that teachers rated childrens’ hyperactive behaviors statistically significantly higher than childrens’ and mother’s ratings. Children’s ratings of their own affective, anxiety, and somatic behaviors were statistically significantly higher than mothers’ and teachers’ ratings of children’s behaviors. Professionals who are involved in conducting assessments of diagnoses for children should receive training on the diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Prevention and interventions are needed to improve internalizing behaviors among African American children and children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Social workers are in positions in which they can get to know children on an individual basis in and outside the school, and provide individual counseling, family support, and resources to address internalizing behaviors.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3):229-235. DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0363-3
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored the impact of three risk behaviors (risky sexual behaviors, aggression, and substance use) on the peer victimization–suicide relationship. A hypothesized model was developed using an integrated conceptual model based on social cognitive theory and escape theory of suicide. This model was then tested using structural equation modeling. The participants were 7,656 males (49.8 %) and 7,708 females (50.2 %) from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey ranged in age from 12 years or less to over 18 years (mean = 16.1 years, SD = 1.24). Results demonstrated that peer victimization has a significant direct effect on suicidal behavior. Aggression, and substance use, but not risky sexual behavior, mediated the risk of suicide. Also, substance use has a significant direct effect on aggression that affects suicidal behavior. Findings were discussed within the context of the empirical and theoretical review and implications for social work practice were considered.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3):257-268. DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0365-1
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    ABSTRACT: This qualitative study, framed conceptually by notions from Queer theory and a practice model of “virtue ethics”, attempted to explore the perceptions, attitudes, and self-reported practices of a sample of school social workers in the Northeastern United States with respect to gender socialization and gender variance in the classroom. The data, collected through individual interviews, indicate that the social workers in this study seemed willing to support and to advocate for gender-variant students. However, there also appeared to be some misunderstandings about the nature of gender identity, analyzed in this article with particular reference to the notion of “homonormativity”. It is suggested that full engagement with gender-variant students requires more training, not only for social workers, but for other school personnel, and as part of professional pre-service programs.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3). DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0355-3
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to assess the presence of evidence-based information about child maltreatment fatalities (CMFs) and risk factors for CMFs in pre-service child welfare training curricula in the United States. In this first paper to examine the extent to which child welfare workers receive content on CMFs in their pre-service child welfare training, we reviewed curricula from 20 states. We searched for content related to risk assessment and fatality characteristics in the following areas: child risk factors, parent risk factors, and family/household risk factors. Our results suggest that workers’ receive very little content regarding CMFs. We discuss the findings with regard to child welfare training and practice.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3). DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0369-x
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    ABSTRACT: Family Impact AnalysisHave you ever listened to the news or heard about a new policy and thought, “who came up with that—did they even think about what that would look like in real life?” If you answered yes then this editorial may be for you. Family impact analysis (FIA) is not a new strategy when it comes to analyzing policy, but it could provide a useful framework for the challenges that we face as social workers in enhancing the scope and impact of our research and practice. In the spirit of policy and the need to convey an important point in a short amount of time, I will present to you a brief but detailed elevator speech. It is my hope that it will stimulate you to evaluate your research and practice from another angle and think critically about the impact that you could have on policymaking. I will begin by defining FIA, identifying the need for FIA, discussing the historical and contemporary context that makes FIA a practical framework, relating FIA to our current professional ...
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3). DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0391-7
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    ABSTRACT: Regular parent visits in foster care are linked to child well-being while in care and to reunification. Parents often face emotional and logistical challenges to visiting. Yet practices to engage with parents by encouraging visits and problem-solving barriers are inconsistent. This study explores the effect of three factors on parent visits among 75 foster children: specific caseworker efforts to engage parents around visiting, whether the visit supervisor is the caseworker or a designated foster parent, and the role that kin versus non-relative foster relationships play in visiting regularity. Logistic regression models demonstrated that caseworker attempts to engage parents have a significant effect on the regularity of parent visits. Focus groups with kin caregivers, non-relative foster parents, and caseworkers revealed a lack of clarity or agreement about who is responsible for engaging parents to attend visits.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3):219-228. DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0360-6
  • Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3):281-290. DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0370-4
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines a 2006 Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal article (Becker-Weidman in Child Adolesc Soc Work J 23:147-171, 2006a) that purported to show the effectiveness of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). It is suggested that this claim, based only on weak evidence, has been the foundation of a “woozle” (Nielsen in Psychol Public Policy Law 20:164-180, 2014), a belief system that persists simply because the original statements have been repeated so often. A history of repetition and republication is traced, and current statements by the UK National Health Service and other sources are presented as evidence that acceptance of DDP began with repetition of the 2006 claims. Suggestions are made for editors and reviewers, who are in a position to prevent the creation of new woozles by carefully examining the claims made in submissions to their journals.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0399-z
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    ABSTRACT: Using a large sample of male youth adjudicated for sexual crimes (N = 306), we examined the relationship between body disapproval, childhood sexual abuse, and sexually aggressive behaviors using four different linear regression models. In the models we explored different aspects of sexually aggressive behavior including victim age, level of sexual perpetration, use of threats, and total number of victims. We found a clinically significant statistical trend of the effect of body disapproval on victim age (p = .067). In addition, childhood sexual abuse was significantly related to all aspects of sexually aggressive behaviors (p
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0400-x
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research was to examine a conceptual/theoretical model with negative (substance use) and positive (extracurricular activities) mediating factors between several bonding systems and violent behavior among female youth. Since much of the prior researches have focused on both males and females therefore this study is focusing on females only. Data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was used for this study. For the purpose of this study female research participants between the age of 12–17 were selected (N = 9383). At the stage of bivariate analysis, parental bonding system was omitted from a model before moving onto a structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis as most of the correlations between indicators of parental bonding systems and dependent variables were not significant. Revised model with two bonding systems on violent behavior through two mediating constructs, extracurricular activities and substance use were tested through the SEM and Sobel test analyses. This structural model specifies a satisfactory fit with the sample. Several mediating effects within this model, which help lower the occurrence of violent behavior, were also validated.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0398-0
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    ABSTRACT: Research with families involved with the child welfare system across generations has largely focused on the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment. However, their feelings about being involved with child welfare as parents are largely unknown. The current study compares risk factors among first and second generation child welfare-involved mothers across a U.S. state. A random sample of mothers (n = 336) with children younger than age five in the child welfare system were interviewed. Forty-two percent of mothers reported their own childhood history of child welfare involvement. Findings showed that second generation mothers have less education, more depression and anxiety, and higher rates of intimate partner violence (IPV). Second generation mothers rated four dimensions of engagement in child welfare services lower than first generation mothers. This decreased engagement was predicted by their mental health problems, IPV, and whether they spent time in foster care as a child. Implications for practice are discussed.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0394-4
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the relationship between community adversity and childhood internalizing and externalizing problems, and whether this relationship is moderated by service utilization and race. The study involved 3225 children ages 2–17, and their caregivers, who participated in the second cohort of the National Survey on Child and Adolescent Well-Being. Bivariate correlation and regression analysis indicate that childhood internalizing problems were correlated with sex and community adversity. Children externalizing problems were correlated with race, sex, service utilization, and community adversity. Childhood internalizing and externalizing problems were highly correlated. Regression analysis reveals a strong relationship between community adversity and childhood externalizing problems. Service utilization was found to significantly and positively moderate the relationship between community adversity and externalizing problems. While a strong correlation between race and childhood externalizing problems exist, race did not moderate the relationship between community adversity and externalizing problems. Internalizing problems were excluded from the regression analysis since it did not correlate with any of the moderator variables. The findings are discussed and the study limitations are examined. Implications for child welfare practice, policy, and research are highlighted.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0395-3
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    ABSTRACT: This study aims to investigate the risk factors and protection factors associated with kinship foster care families (FF) who have overcome difficulties and been strengthened by their experience. Eighty-nine semi-structured interviews with kinship FF (foster carers) from four regions in Spain were conducted to identify the risk factors and protection factors that influence the stability of kinship foster care. Following analysis of the interview content, the results were separated into risk factors and protection factors related to the foster children (FC), the foster care families (FF) and the biological families (BF). The main risk factors for the FC were problems arising from mental and behavioral disorders and disabilities, problems related to foster care families’ overprotection and to the negative perceptions of the FC, and problems arising from the BF inadequate relationship with the foster carers and their infrequent contact and relationship with their children. The main protection factors related to the FC were identified as their levels of autonomy, maturity and adaptability; for the foster carers, these factors were positive relationships with the foster child as well as the formal and informal support received; and for the biological family, these factors included a good relationship and contact with the child. Finally, it discuss the implications that protective and risk factors have for foster child, foster family and biological family. LINK:
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0382-8
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents the results of a qualitative frame and discourse analysis of an electronic support group or blog site where parents (usually mothers) discuss managing their children with either medically or mother diagnosed oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). This is a particularly important topic in an era of e-scaped medicine characterized by powerful circulating discourses around medicalization, children’s mental health issues, mother blame and intensive mothering. The findings document that the mothers adopt a medicalized understanding of ODD, on the one hand, in that they use the terminology, and borrow from, discourses regarding other mental and developmental issues such as depression and ADHD. For example, they focus on biological causation and brain chemistry as causative. On the other hand, their understanding of ODD does not reflect the symptoms necessary for a medical diagnosis. They support one another in this paradoxically medicalized conception of ODD through particular social support strategies in which they reinforce to one another that they are not to blame, that others don’t understand and that (with blog support) they are not alone. The implications of this for theories of medicalization, mother blame and intensive mothering are discussed. Some practical and clinical consequences are considered.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0377-5
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    ABSTRACT: This article explores equine-assisted social work (EASW). Horses’ capacities to mirror human emotions create possibilities for authentic relationships between clients and staff. This study examines what eases or counteracts the horse’s capacity to facilitate relationships perceived by humans to be authentic. Video recordings of the human-horse interactions of three staff members and four female self-harming clients aged 15–21 years in a residential treatment facility were analyzed. The findings show that if the staff gave instructions and advice similar to traditional equestrian sports in combination with viewing the horse as an object, EASW is not facilitated. EASW seems to be facilitated when the horse is perceived as a subject by both staff and clients, provided that the staff gave meaning to the horse’s behavior. The staff needed to highlight empathy for the horse when the horse is not able to fulfill its task without adding depth to the client’s performance, to avoid raising defense mechanisms. The essence of EASW were perceived as eased by staff members when they focus on the client’s emotions and help the client understand that the horse is acting in response to the client’s and the staff’s behavior through mentalizing and enacting emotional labor in regarding the horse as a subject. The results indicate the need for higher demands on staff members in order to facilitate EASW. Depending on whether the staff and the clients focus on performance or on emotions, different positive or negative outcomes on communication, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-image will be likely to emerge.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0376-6