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

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

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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Publications in this journal

  • Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 10/2015; 32(5). DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0416-2
  • Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 10/2015; 32(5). DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0405-5
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    ABSTRACT: The influence of severe emotional and behavioral disorders in youth on their parents is a complex, yet understudied topic. There is a dearth of literature in which the experiences of parents of youth who access intensive mental health treatment have been reported. The purpose of this study was to explore parents’ self-reported sense of competence in relation to their relationship status and in relation to the severity of their children’s symptoms. Data for this report were collected in a larger study on the psychosocial outcomes of youth accessing residential or intensive home-based treatment. In the current study, parental sense of competence was negatively associated with severity of internalizing and externalizing behaviors in children. Separated parents rated their parenting competence statistically significantly higher than divorced parents, though the practical significance of this finding is uncertain. Implications for social work research and practice are discussed.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 08/2015; 32(4):317-327. DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0375-z
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    ABSTRACT: The present study analyzes the characteristics of children and parents in court cases dealing with the termination of parental rights, in order to draw a profile of families at high risk of child maltreatment and shed light on the professional decision-making process. The analysis of a sample of 127 cases identified various child, parent and child–parent characteristics and inter-characteristics which served as a rich database for understanding the profiles of children at risk and their parents. On the basis of these profiles, the study was able to draw a prototype of a family at high risk of child maltreatment and identify the main factors considered by the courts when determining whether or not to terminate parental rights. This paper discusses the implications of these results on the need for early and extensive professional intervention in such families.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 08/2015; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0378-4
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    ABSTRACT: In Sweden, child-related social services constitute an institutional body that conducts both preventive and supportive work for children in need of health support. However, in the social services Act (2001:453) there are few concrete statements about how social workers should assess children’s health. In this study we therefore explore how social workers in Sweden adapt to the task of assessing children’s health. Specifically, we investigate the ways in which children’s health is explained in the context of reaching conclusions about the concrete needs of children. Inspired by a social constructionist and discursive analytical approach we analysed 60 written investigations where health concerns were expressed at the point of initiating an investigation. The findings are that social workers limited their assessments of children’s health, often using only a few words when mentioning health aspects. There was a difference in how they described physical- and psychological health problems. When they did pay attention to children’s psychological health this was mostly carried out with the use of one single explanation for the cause of the health condition; parental misbehaviour. Besides, this explanation fitted the suggested support. Signs of children’s psychological problems were described by their own destructive behaviour. Physical health was only briefly mentioned and the recommendations for child support involved external assistance. This means that social workers could use a simplified explanatory model lacking descriptions of each child’s life situation. This way of limiting assessment may hinder a deeper understanding of causes and consequences and thereby impose limits on specifying the particular support the child needs.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 08/2015; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0371-3
  • Anita Burgund · Nevenka Zegarac
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0413-5
  • Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0412-6
  • Mary B. Stebbins · Jacqueline Corcoran
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0411-7
  • Mary Elizabeth Rauktis
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0406-4
  • Thomas A. Artelt
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0410-8
  • Theresa M. Okwumabua · Lauri L. Hyers · Andrea N. Watson · Kristin M. Walker · Cynthia Quiroz
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0407-3
  • Victor Groza · Ana Muntean
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10560-015-0408-2
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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 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: 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: 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: The connections between early maltreatment and later aggression are well established in the literature, however gaps remain in our understanding of developmental processes. This study investigates the cascading life course linkages between victimization experiences from childhood through early adulthood and later aggressive behavior. The diverse, at-risk sample is of particular importance to child and adolescent specialists, as it represents highly vulnerable youth accessible through conventional school settings. In addition to direct pathways from proximal life periods, path analysis revealed significant indirect mediated pathways through which earlier life victimization contributes to aggressive behaviors in later life periods as well as revictimization. Multivariate regressions support theorized cumulative effects of multi-form victimization as well as distinct contributions of victimization domains (emotional, witnessing, physical, property, and sexual) in explaining aggressive behavior. Consistent with theorizing about the developmental impact of early maltreatment, results bolster the importance of interrupting pathways from victimization to revictimization and later aggression. Findings are evaluated in light of implications for early identification and prevention programming.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 06/2015; 32(3):269-279.