Journal of Family Social Work Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

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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Website Journal of Family Social Work website
Other titles Journal of family social work
ISSN 1052-2158
OCLC 22222421
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this research were to investigate how parents explore gender and violence with children and develop a conceptual groundwork for understanding the relationship between parental attitudes and behaviors and gender-based violence. Few social work scholars have investigated how parents process gender and violence with their children. This study design was grounded in a phenomenological approach. For data collection, the authors conducted semistructured individual interviews with a sample of five fathers, eight mothers, with at least one child between age 3 and 11 years. The data analysis consisted of In-Vivo and Value coding, from which the researchers developed themes to illustrate the findings. The overarching category that emerged from the data analysis was witnessing and themes included beholding, being present, and perceiving. These themes appeared to be in alignment with mindfulness attitudes and practices and illustrated the way these parents processed gender and violence with their children. The authors developed practice, policy, and research implications from this research.
    Journal of Family Social Work 06/2015; 18(3):202-221. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2015.1048494
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    ABSTRACT: This research brings together insights from the fields of sociology and social work, providing an integrated study of marriage as a cultural and structural institution. The goals of the study are twofold: first, to empirically assess the predictive power of cultural versus structural elements of marital aspirations and attitudes among “fragile families”; second, to determine if the aforementioned relationship and outcomes differ by immigrant status. The results offer more support for the role of structure than the function of culture, suggesting that rather than demonizing disadvantaged families for having “defective” cultural values, policy planners and human service providers should recognize the importance of educational attainment and economic productivity in fragile families. Even populations most disposed to hold more “traditional” views of marriage and family life are constrained by the realities of structural disadvantage.
    Journal of Family Social Work 05/2015; 18(3):1-21. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2015.1023388
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    ABSTRACT: Although the literature has discussed the extensive family network ties of African Americans and its implications for marital satisfaction, few studies incorporate primarily African American samples in studies of marital satisfaction and social networks. This study draws on a sample of African American married couples from the National Survey of American Life and explores the impact of mutual support, giving and receiving of practical and emotional support, on the marital satisfaction of husbands and wives. Results from the ordinal logistic regression analyses reveal that emotional support received from family and support given to friends are significantly related to husbands’ marital satisfaction whereas emotional support received from family and negative interaction with family contributes to wives’ marital satisfaction. Research and practice implications with African American married couples are discussed.
    Journal of Family Social Work 04/2015; 18(2):78-89. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.981909
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines how Salvadorian immigrant mothers and their daughters negotiate adolescence in a settlement context that differs from their home country. The author interviewed 42 women, all living in a midsized city in Ontario, Canada: 32 in-depth individual interviews were carried out with Salvadorian-born mothers and, separately, with one of their daughters (either adolescent or adult); and five interviews included mothers and their adolescent or adult daughters together (N = 10). A grounded theory approach was employed to explore the mother-daughter negotiation process from each person’s point of view. The analysis revealed various strategies that mothers developed to guide their daughters through the adolescent years, and the diverse ways daughters resisted their mother’s guidance while maintaining values such as respect and family loyalty. The findings highlight the resilience and resourcefulness of immigrant families in navigating the challenges of the transition to adulthood while also meeting the demands of acculturation into a foreign country.
    Journal of Family Social Work 04/2015; 18(2):106-122. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2015.1005784
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    ABSTRACT: Guided by a conceptual framework highlighting multiple facets of social relationships and social support, this study examined the extent to which aging mothers of adult daughters with a serious mental illness were socially integrated with members of their network. It further examined the relational content of these mothers’ social ties as tangible or intangible support and the nature of their supportive exchanges with network members, particularly their adult daughters with mental illness. A structured face-to-face interview was conducted with 22 aging mothers of these adult daughters. Two methods of analysis were used to analyze data: counting and content analysis. Findings showed aging mothers of daughters with mental illness were socially integrated with relatives and nonrelatives, evidenced relational content of tangible and intangible support in their social ties and engaged in bidirectional and asymmetrical support exchanges with network members, including their daughters with mental illness. These findings suggest that social resources in the form of social relationships and support are embedded in the networks of aging mothers who have adult daughters with serious mental illness. Practitioners should assess support contributions to the aging mothers of adult daughters with serious mental illness from a wide range of social relationships including their daughters.
    Journal of Family Social Work 04/2015; 18(2):123-140. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.981908
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined socioemotional problems among children age 0 to 5 years in formal kinship and foster care across a northeastern state. Findings revealed that more than one third of children in both types of care showed socioemotional problems. More children were placed in kinship care when they lived in rural settings, were biracial, or spent time in the neonatal intensive care (NICU) after birth. Unique child and maltreatment characteristics predicted socioemotional problems scores for each placement type. Among children in kinship care, being biracial, spending time in the NICU, and being referred to child welfare for either caregiver substance abuse or neglect were related to socioemotional problems. When children were in foster care, spending time in the NICU, being referred to child welfare for child neglect, or being referred for intimate partner violence were all related to socioemotional problems. The results have implications for child welfare policy and practice, especially in light of increased efforts to place children with kin.
    Journal of Family Social Work 04/2015; 18(3):1-19. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2015.1005783
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    ABSTRACT: Mental health disorders are prevalent among children, yet many do not receive treatment. Parents and caregivers play a vital role in recognizing mental health disorders in children and accessing treatment. But a substantial number of parents lack essential knowledge of children’s mental health disorders, including risk factors, symptom recognition, and treatment options. Little focus has been given to parents in the children’s mental health literacy literature. The purpose of this article is to begin filling that gap by using a survey to describe the perceptions of child and family mental health providers’ perceptions regarding the amount, accuracy, and origin of mental health literacy in the parents of the children they treat. The impact of those perceptions on the work of providers is also explored. Eighty-seven mental health providers completed a survey to assess their perceptions of parent mental health literacy in the area of children’s mental health. Providers perceived parent mental health literacy as low, inaccurate, and inconsistent. In addition, providers indicated that parents rely on informal sources of support, such as friends and family for information about children’s mental health. Implications for social work researchers, practitioners, and the children and families they serve are discussed.
    Journal of Family Social Work 01/2015; DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.974116
  • Article: Transitions
    Journal of Family Social Work 01/2015; 18(1):74-74. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2015.991995
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    ABSTRACT: Teens in foster care give birth at more than twice the rate of other teens in the United States. Significant challenges exist for these most vulnerable teens and their babies. To preserve teens’ families, programs and services need to be able to improve teens’ prospects for parenting success, delay subsequent pregnancies, and reduce intergenerational placement in care. The Inwood House theory of change for pregnant and parenting teens is a roadmap for providing the range and types of services that have the potential to improve outcomes for these most vulnerable families. The theory of change builds on insights and data from a demonstration project which took place in the residential program of a New York City foster care agency, with an approach that addressed the developmental needs of adolescents and the practical needs of parenting. Inwood House’s experience provided insights into the role of a theory of change focused on the development of young people, not only their protection, to improve the health and well-being of young mothers and their babies, and reduce intergenerational placement in care. Insights and data derived from this project, which reflect the challenges of research in foster care, are discussed.
    Journal of Family Social Work 01/2015; 18(1):21-39. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2015.974014
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    ABSTRACT: Treatment engagement is critically important to child and family social work practitioners, given its documented relationship with youth and family outcomes. Despite this, little is known regarding the practice behaviors youth and parents perceive as important for promoting their engagement in treatment. The purpose of this study was to explore the perspective of youth and parents regarding practitioner behaviors important for fostering treatment engagement. Three semistructured focus groups were conducted with 30 youth and parents. Using a constant comparative analysis procedure, two domains of practice behaviors emerged: developing the therapeutic alliance and collaborative service delivery. Specific alliance-building behaviors included building rapport and demonstrating care, acknowledging and listening to the youth and family perspective, asking questions, not judging youth and parents, allowing youth and family input to direct care, and supporting motivation to change. Collaborative practice behaviors included providing culturally competent services, sharing treatment information, demonstrating awareness of other services/supports, and engaging other meaningful adults. Youth and parents both discussed the importance of these practice behaviors. Youth, however, seemed to emphasize the therapeutic alliance more than parents in the sample. Clinical implications for family social work practitioners regarding these key practice behaviors are discussed.
    Journal of Family Social Work 01/2015; 18(1):1-17. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.974293
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    ABSTRACT: Teen dating violence (TDV) challenges families because of negative effects on youths’ well-being. This exploratory study examines parents’ awareness of TDV and their anticipated responses to adolescents’ reports. The authors used a telephonic survey of 539 Michigan adults to assess knowledge of TDV, awareness of its prevalence, and anticipated responses. More mothers than fathers viewed TDV as a major public health problem and were likely to urge their adolescents to seek formal help. Fathers were more likely to ground their children or say that things are not so bad. Findings of demographic differences influencing parental responses can inform social workers to help parents plan for responding to TDV effectively.
    Journal of Family Social Work 01/2015; 18(1):3-20. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.968941
  • Journal of Family Social Work 07/2014; 17(4):363-378. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.919976
  • Journal of Family Social Work 05/2014; 17(3):209-228. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2013.879269
  • Journal of Family Social Work 05/2014; 17(3):229-250. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.888695
  • Journal of Family Social Work 05/2014; 17(3):251-262. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2013.865285
  • Journal of Family Social Work 04/2014; 17(2):102-118. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2014.880982