Journal of Family Social Work (J Fam Soc Work )


The Journal of Family Social Work brings together thoughtful professionals who discuss their views on what constitutes family social work, showing both the differences and common ground between social workers' views on family practice. It is the first peer-reviewed social work journal devoted to ecosystemic theory, examining the self of the clinician, research, and practice with couples and families. It represents a coming together of the historical beginnings and current practice interest of many social workers and provides a fresh blend of person-in-situation-based casework, family support, and family treatment. Especially interested in innovations in research, theory, and practice relating to the broad range of family psychosocial needs and resources in present-day society, the Journal of Family Social Work presents timely scholarly findings which: increase understanding of the couple and family through clinicians' and researchers' innovative methods of inquiry, promote collaboration among academics, clinicians, and researchers, create a better understanding of the interplay between and among the effects of the sociopolitical and temporal contexts of the self or the clinician on social work practice with couples and families. The Journal of Family Social Work makes a unique attempt at balancing clinical relevance and academic exactitude. By uniting clinicians and researchers from social work, family enrichment, family therapy, family studies, family psychology and sociology, and child welfare, it stresses a blending of sociocultural contexts, the uniqueness of the family, and the person of the clinician. As an interdisciplinary forum, it provides a creative mixing of clinical innovation, practice wisdom, theory, and academic excellence.

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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Family Social Work 10/2014;
  • Journal of Family Social Work 01/2013; 16(5):431-446.
  • Journal of Family Social Work 01/2013; 16(1):116-128.
  • Journal of Family Social Work 01/2013; 16(5):392-402.
  • Journal of Family Social Work 01/2012; 15:303-320.
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    ABSTRACT: Although teen pregnancy and parenthood are more visible in society than in the past, teen mothers are often stereotyped and stigmatized. The study examined positivity toward teen mothers among college students (N = 316) at a midwestern university. Although students responded positively to some items regarding teen mothers, other statements showed endorsements of stereotypes. Positivity toward teen mothers was positively related to empathy and classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.). Those who did not report having a teen mother in their family had higher levels of positivity than those who reported having a teen mother in their family. Research should examine perceptions of teen mothers among social workers and interventionists as a moderator of intervention effectiveness.
    Journal of Family Social Work 05/2011; 14(3):237-246.
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    ABSTRACT: The following article outlines a longitudinal study tracking changes of the social support networks of 28 homeless families in shelter. Weekly changes in support networks of homeless mothers were tracked including 482 dyadic ties between mothers and supportive persons. Findings suggested that informal social support and persons who provided emotional support were significantly more stable forms of support in the mothers' lives throughout their shelter stay. Time was found to be a significant predictor of financial well-being and housing stability at shelter exit, but characteristics of the supportive ties were not. Implications for family social work and research practice are presented.
    Journal of Family Social Work 05/2011; 14(3):191-207.
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    ABSTRACT: This article is based on the findings from a subset of gender identity and sexual orientation questions from The Casey Field Office Mental Health Study (CFOMH). It aims to contribute the experiences of youth in the care of Casey Family Programs to the increasing body of research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care, as well as inform future studies in this area. The CFOMH study interviewed 188 adolescents ages 14 to 17 who were receiving foster care services from Casey Family Programs in 2006. The experiences in care of youth who identified as LGBQ (n = 10) are presented in narrative form, along with data from all youth in care (N = 188) regarding their perceptions of the foster care environment for LGBTQ youth. These findings are intended to underscore the need to conduct a larger, more in-depth study of the experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care and the environment that foster care provides for them.
    Journal of Family Social Work 05/2011; 14(3):226-236.
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    ABSTRACT: The study examined the level of secondary traumatization among adult children of Israeli war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as manifested in emotional distress, stress resulting from terrorist attacks, and capacity for intimacy. In addition, the role of the mother–child relationship as a moderator of these manifestations of distress was examined. Forty-six adult children of fathers with chronic PTSD, and 46 adult children of fathers who had participated in a war but did not have PTSD participated. Findings revealed that adult children of PTSD veterans showed higher levels of psychological distress, greater terror-related stress, and a lower capacity for intimacy than children of non-PTSD veterans. Positive relationship with the mother was found to moderate the level of participants' capacity for intimacy and their levels of psychiatric symptoms.
    Journal of Family Social Work 03/2011; 14(2):109-124.
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    ABSTRACT: The current study compared patterns of service utilization reported by Early Head Start (EHS) families of children with and without disabilities by secondary analysis of data from the longitudinal investigation of the effectiveness of EHS. Findings reveal comparable positive trends for both groups of families for receipt of services corresponding to EHS performance standards promoting child and family development, family support, and health care. Service challenges remain in the low use of dental services overall and the higher use of acute health care services for children with disabilities. Future research should examine causes and outcomes of service use.
    Journal of Family Social Work 03/2011; 14(2):159-178.
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    ABSTRACT: Almost one third of all children in the United States are born to unmarried parents. This figure is even higher among poor and minority populations. Because of their heightened risk for economic and social problems and family dissolution, disadvantaged, unmarried parents have been called “fragile families.” In 2002 the Bush administration announced its Healthy Marriage Initiative. Its purpose was to promote marriage, especially among low-income couples. In 2006 the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) allocated $150 million a year to marriage and fatherhood programs. However, the marriage education and research communities have paid little attention to fragile families. This article examines the findings from a groundbreaking new source of data called The Fragile Families and Child Well Being Study and the various programs now serving these families. The article concludes by suggesting empirically based interventions for assisting fragile families.
    Journal of Family Social Work 01/2011; 14(1):54-67.
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines results from a consumer and caregiver-directed care pilot program for families with adults with developmental disabilities. Surveys were administered to 50 caregivers and three project coordinators, and focus groups were conducted with 44 individuals, including caregivers, consumers, and support coordinators. Significant pre- to posttest changes were seen in terms of caregivers' perceptions of choice, goodness-of-fit of services to needs, and satisfaction with the program. Analysis of focus group discussions yielded three major themes: trust, flexibility, and relief. Although support and program coordinators had some concerns that the program was more caregiver than consumer oriented at times, overall, the program was viewed positively.
    Journal of Family Social Work 05/2010; 13(3):208-226.
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines the role that social network theory and social network analysis has played in assessing and developing effective primary prevention networks across a southeastern state. In 2004 the state began an effort to develop a strategic plan for the primary prevention of violence working with local communities across the state. The process included an analysis of how family service organizations and community collaborators networked to solve community problems. In 2005, the state joined the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Enhancing and Making Programs Work to End Rape project to specifically focus on building capacity for primary prevention of perpetration of sexual violence. (Contains 3 figures.)
    Journal of Family Social Work 12/2009;
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    ABSTRACT: Social work practice has long focused on the connections between an individual and the social environment that affect the individual's social functioning. The Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program's theory model, Creating Safer Communities: The Rape Prevention and Education Model of Community Change, provides family social workers with a framework for examining and changing the individual and social factors that lead to sexual violence. This model connects two societal change theories, community readiness and diffusion of innovations, with three individual level theories, theory of reasoned action, theory of planned behavior and the health belief model, for the purpose of ending sexual violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created this theory model to promote the use of theory-based prevention strategies among RPE Program grantees. In this article the authors (1) describe the theoretical underpinnings of the RPE theory model; (2) explore how one RPE grantee, supported with funding from the EMPOWER Program, used the RPE theory model to create a state sexual violence prevention plan; and (3) discuss how family social workers can utilize the model to promote sexual violence prevention within their own states and communities.
    Journal of Family Social Work 12/2009;
  • Journal of Family Social Work 10/2009; VI(07):13 -20.
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    ABSTRACT: Being raised by a single mother is one factor that has been suggested as contributing to the plight of African American males. Yet few studies have focused specifically on African American single mothers' experiences with raising sons. This qualitative study explored the following questions: (1) What are the experiences of African American single mothers in the raising of their sons? (2) What coping strategies do African American single mothers use in the raising of their sons? Two rounds of unstructured open-ended interviews were conducted with 11 African American single mothers of at least one son. Implications for family therapy based on the interviews are presented.
    Journal of Family Social Work 07/2009; 12(3):227-243.