Monit Cheung

Monit Cheung
University of Houston | U of H, UH · Graduate College of Social Work

MA, MSW, PhD
Director, Child & Family Center for Innovative Research; The Mary R. Lewis Endowed Professor in Children & Youth

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Introduction
Teaching in social work; acupressure and acupuncture treatment for patients with depressive symptoms; play therapy in child sexual abuse cases
Additional affiliations
August 1991 - October 2020
University of Houston
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Mary R. Lewis Endowed Professor in Children & Youth
August 1988 - August 1990
University of Denver
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 1986 - August 1988
University of Iowa
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (139)
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This article analyzes the civil commitment models for treating sexually violent predators (SVPs) and analyzes recent civil commitment laws. SVPs are commonly defined as sex offenders who are particularly predatory and repetitive in their sexually violent behavior. Data from policy literature, a survey to all states, and a review of law review Websi...
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Globally, Disney animated films integrate education into entertainment for families with children. This study uses the Social Capital Theory as the framework to support its focus on parental attention to children’s developmental learning needs. This exploratory study examines how Disney animated movies over the last eight decades portraited parents...
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Stigma, perception and beliefs about mental illness can significantly affect the ability of individuals with a mental health diagnosis to access and engage in treatment and, ultimately, their overall functioning. Despite these significant implications, the stigma towards individuals with schizophrenia, a serious mental disorder, in China is under-i...
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Background: In China, mental health disorders are considered the leading causes of disability, yet treatment-seeking behaviors among individuals with mental health problems are deficient. Aims: This study sought to examine attitudes and participant characteristics associated with help-seeking among adults residing in China's Shanghai metropolita...
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Most sex education programs (SEPs) are designed for children in middle and high schools. This study aimed to analyze sex education curricula with a mission to educate pre-pubertal children. A systematic review found 60 research-based studies on SEPs published in 2005–2019 for preteens. Only eleven studies contained SEP contents, delivery methods, e...
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COVID-19 has disproportionally affected people living in poverty; new immigrants; and those living in healthcare settings (hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes), shelters, detention centers, and prisons. The pandemic has also significantly impacted social workers who face hidden mental health consequences. The resultant feelings and behaviors are...
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COVID-19 has disproportionally affected people living in poverty; new immigrants; and those living in healthcare settings (hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes), shelters, detention centers, and prisons. The pandemic has also significantly impacted social workers who face hidden mental health consequences. The resultant feelings and behaviors are...
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Background: Depression and diabetes are common illnesses affecting individuals with health challenges and family stress. Research suggested stigma-reduction interventions for families facing health-related stressors. This study examined factors predicting public stigma on depression alone or comorbid with diabetes. Methods: In Shanghai, China, cons...
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The ability to actively cope with cancer has been extensively associated with better patient‐reported outcomes (PROs). This systematic review aims to synthesise the available literature assessing the experience of cancer patients from racial‐ethnic minoritised groups. Given the role of sociocontextual factors, greater emphasis was placed on the rel...
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The miracle question (MQ) is a technique for assessing clients’ ability to discover their potential in search of solutions. Educators can train students to use the classic MQ (What would life be without this problem?) to develop solution-focused skills in social work and counseling. This article describes the MQ Variations tool derived from the ‘Wh...
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In the US, many people are excluded from healthcare structures and systems, due to multiple macro and micro factors. Poverty, health ecosystems, mental health, and community amenities are some of the issues confronting those who are not able to access appropriate support. This population is often referred to as ‘high needs, high cost’ (HNHC), a ter...
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Background: Public stigma is a form of devaluation by other people's negative reactions to a specific behavior or mental health condition. When dealing with the physical consequences of addiction, substance users experience distress due to negative prejudice against them and their families. Method: In Shanghai, China, a community survey was conduct...
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Since 1980, Title IV-E education programs have provided stipends and academic training for public child welfare (PCW) workers. Based on survey data of 5,723 PCW workers from a southern state, multivariate analyses were conducted to examine the relationship between social work education, perception toward Title IV-E programs, and workforce retention...
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This study explored the lived experience of social work educators in China (SWECs). Eleven SWECs participated in individual interviews to describe their experiences under the expansion of social work education in China, particularly related to research-practice-teaching collaborations. SWECs still questioned their social work attributes when facing...
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China accounts for an estimated third of the world's suicides, yet individuals experiencing suicidality typically do not seek out or receive treatment. This study examines community perceptions and public stigma toward suicide. In Shanghai, China 186 adults were recruited to participate in a survey with an experimental vignette describing a suicida...
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) literature has addressed differential socialization for designing interventions, mainly helping female victims and male perpetrators. From a gender-specific perspective, this study examines the abused men's postponed decisions to disclose victimization or seek help. Through individual interviews, 10 Chinese male IPV...
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This qualitative study addressed the intersectionality between masculine grief and gender role expectations during the grief process among men. The sample comprised 10 Chinese men in Hong Kong who had lost their wife or child to suicide. The study found that the “men in grief” phenomenon comprised three themes: making sense of hidden grief, process...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to address challenging issues in protecting researchers in risky situations. Method: A case study addressed the importance of risk prevention and researcher safety. In six interviews, a social scientist shared feelings of vulnerability when she conducted ethnographic research with sex workers and gang members....
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Purpose With journal publishing being an important task for academicians, this article aims to help faculty and researchers increase their productivity by identifying journals with influential impacts on producing scientific knowledge. Method Since 2004, the authors compiled and updated a journal list annually for social work faculty to use. This...
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Purpose Coauthorship is a means for assessing each contributor’s effort on a joint publication. This study aims to identify methods to determine publication coauthorship for crediting effort and order. Method The research team searched for a framework to affirm the decision-making process when preparing for a coauthored publication by analyzing ex...
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Using simulated laughter, clients follow laughing patterns without using memory recalls or associating with any thinking or feeling. This practice update describes laughter yoga as a social work intervention. It demonstrates the functions, principles, and procedures of laughter yoga to help clients alleviate stress and at the same time enable socia...
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This study explores the various credentials represented by social work educators from China’s 266 social work programs to start a critical conversation about how this faculty diversity phenomenon may present both a strength and a challenge on the professionalization of social work in China.
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This is a periodically updated list of journals with impact factors, h-index, and their submission links in child welfare and related field. For a most updated version, please check at our website (click at "Journal List with Impact Factors": https://uh.edu/socialwork/academics/cwep/title-iv-e/Journals-Impact-Factor/
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Globally, mental illness ranks first among the causes of disability. In China, 17.5% of individuals have a mental illness, with only 150 people per 100,000 people receiving treatment for their diagnosis. To effectively address the growing unmet mental health needs in China, it is essential that China develops and adapts evidence-based and empirical...
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Eleven doctoral interns and 9 faculty mentors participated in a two-year Teaching Mentorship Project (TMP). Qualitative analyses of 20 interviews and reflective writing by the interns resulted in six themes: preparation and guidance from mentors; teaching innovation; teaching rehearsal with intern peers; mentor-intern reciprocal support; teaching r...
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This chapter describes the complexity of ecological theory for building the social-cultural ecological (SCE) framework for social work practice. It addresses the cycle of problem formulation, solution, and evaluation of practice, which is a basis for understanding how clients’ micro-level problems may directly or indirectly be associated with the m...
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This research examines students’ perceptions of how learning abroad programs furthered the development of the nine core EPAS social work competencies. Ninety MSW graduates who participated in a learning abroad course during their graduate program completed an anonymous online survey assessing the association between study abroad participation, cult...
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Legacy Intervention (LI) has been shown to be helpful for the patients with co-occurring disorders by alleviating life concerns such as social isolation, discrimination and financial worries. However, legacy dosage has not been concretely measured. The purpose of this study is to illustrate how to use a clinical measure in a LI project to highlight...
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A total of 31 Bachelor of Social Work Chinese graduates were interviewed in college exit interviews in Shanghai about their job search processes. Their responses generated an 87.1 percent major-to-employment mismatch rate between their study major and the postgraduation employment type. Five findings on employment decisions emerged, namely, causati...
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Purpose: Rice Therapy (RT) was created to process clients’ life stressors. Two trainings were delivered at two geographically different sites (E1 and E2) in China for testing the benefits of RT in social work. Methods: E1 participants (n = 42) were directed to recall happiness in their rice artwork creation, while this keyword was not given in E2 (...
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Purpose Acupuncture as a sole treatment was tested for patients with depressive symptoms when seeking treatment in an interprofessional project. This study aims to test the relative effects of depression-specific acupuncture treatment (DSAT) versus nondepression-specific acupuncture treatment (Non-DSAT) on depression scores of patients seeking acup...
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In a curriculum mapping project, the mapping process of an MSW program is documented and linked with the Council on Social Works Education’s 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards competencies. It starts with the background of creating a mapping process for sequencing and integrating a series of assessment tasks with mapping exercises....
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This study examines factors contributing to depression among migrant factory workers in Shanghai. A survey was designed with mental health questions under a framework explaining: (1) social capital, (2) migratory stress, and (3) mental health consequences. With a return rate of 98.3%, 1966 individuals completed the survey. Only 11.1% of the respond...
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Direct exposure to violence affects approximately three out of every five children in America. Using data available from the “Do the Write Thing” (DtWT) Challenge, this study explored children’s views of violence using 1,165 essays written by students from 13 middle schools in nine districts within Region V of Texas. Data analysis from students’ wr...
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Community advocates in Hong Kong found no formal curriculum on child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention and started a newspaper column in 1999 to disseminate public education. This study analyzed the inquiries sent to this prevention column from 2000 to 2017. Content analysis found that, in 515 inquiries, 170 (33%) reported CSA incidents. Based on age i...
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This chapter describes the complexity of ecological theory for building the Social-Cultural Ecological (SCE) framework for social work practice. It addresses the cycle of problem formulation, solution, and evaluation of practice, which is a basis for understanding how clients’ micro-level problems may directly or indirectly be associated with the m...
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The 2018 proposed Family First Prevention Services Act suggests a change in the funding formula of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act-from entitlement to block grants. This study aimed to support the continuation of entitlement support based on the evidence that Title IV-E educational programs are effective in improving retention after the worke...
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Research indicates that juvenile delinquency, if not intervened earlier, could potentially lead to the youth’s future involvement with the criminal justice system as an adult. This study identifies research evidence to support the building of a desistance-focused pathway for juvenile offenders positively reentering society. It examines the “desista...
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This phenomenological research examines the narratives of fathers and mothers about the lived experience of “fathering” to find themes to form dimensions of measuring father engagement. Qualitative responses from a mixed method cross-sectional sample of 191 father and mother participants were analyzed for phenomenological themes related to the live...
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Public child welfare (PCW) is always seen as a state concern. This Special Issue addresses child protection issues from the angle of analyzing the educational preparedness of child protection service (CPS) workers and the nation’s readiness for building a strong workforce through Title IV-E support. Its content is examined with a connection between...
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Without an urban hukou, or registered residency status, migrant workers in China have experienced an urban–rural cultural divide. Rural workers who migrate to urban areas are socially excluded from the urban mainstream because of hukou national policy and region-specific regulations. In 2014, hukou policy was revised to gradually allow migrant chil...
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In a country without a mandatory child abuse reporting system, advocacy for child welfare law can be a tedious and difficult process. This article documents a 10-year advocacy journey based on the capacity-building concept in social sustainability theory which aims to: raise public awareness of child sexual abuse, provide an idea for branding an in...
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Background: Individuals with co-occurring disorders tend to avoid interaction with others. To instill hope, legacy intervention aims to highlight past experiences while managing life stressors for a positive outlook. Participants take part in legacy activities-crafting tangible projects and recording one's life events-in order to actualize a perso...
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This study examines whether three existing instruments assessing fathering behavior can consistently and adequately measure father involvement when administered separately to fathers and mothers. Using a snowball sample method, the researchers surveyed mother and father respondents (N = 133) from 36 social services agencies across the United States...
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This cross-national study identified predictive factors contributing to depression among 691 Vietnamese migrated to the United States who responded to a community survey in two American cities. Measured by HSCL-25, the overall depression prevalence was 30.5%; higher in a large (32.3%) than midsize city (19.8%). Logistic regression showed that immig...
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Forensic interviewers have a difficult job with high risk for career burnout and secondary trauma. Few studies have addressed how new forensic interviewers or trainees experience repeated questioning and multiple interviews. This study simulated the process of training new forensic interviewers through the creation of two interview videos in which...
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Although previous studies have addressed turnover issues after being a social worker, this study identifies factors that may block initial entry to the profession. Using a semi-structural interview method with 20 BSW graduates, the researchers transcribed the reasons for BSW graduates not entering a career in social work. Through element-centered c...
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With a focus on research conducted after Hong Kong reunited with China in 1997, this paper documents how the Nepalese immigrants living in Hong Kong processed their decision to either stay in Hong Kong or return to their home country. A review of 40 studies targeting Nepalese immigrants who chose to stay in Hong Kong found that these families were...
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Policy milestones from 1962 to 2015 highlight China's child welfare policy development in terms of its major implementation eras, characteristics, strengths, and limitations in policy enforcement. This review captures information from government and NGO reports published in the past four decades since the formalization of the one-child policy in Ch...
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Although previous studies have addressed turnover issues after being a social worker, this study identifies factors that may block initial entry to the profession. Using a semistructural interview method with 20 BSW graduates, the researchers transcribed the reasons for BSW graduates not entering a career in social work. Through element-centered co...
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This study determined the effect of a continuing education (CE) program on increasing social workers’ knowledge about global issues and subsequently influencing decisions for future practice. Thirty-eight participants took a CE course (3-session face-to-face or 1-month online) on global issues. Social Work Practitioner Globalization Survey was used...
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A study was conducted in the greater Houston area in the United States with 1840 Asian American participants where 413 (22.5%) were 55 years and older and 12.6 percent had depressive symptoms. Logistic regression analysis found that the likelihood of being depressed was significantly increased among individuals with anxiety symptoms (odds ratio (OR...
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The common law presumption that a boy under the age of 14 is incapable of sexual intercourse has provoked controversial debates in Hong Kong. This article describes a 6-step advocacy journey to examine how community efforts have helped modify this law so that juvenile male sexual offenders under the age of 14 who have committed the crime of having...
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A research framework is described in this chapter to focus on explaining the helpseeking behaviors of male victims in heterosexual intimate partner violence (IPV). Men who do not seek help tend not to have a strong social support network; however, they do possess a strong value system regarding their masculinity, believing that men should always de...
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This study analyzes the demographic characteristics of foster care children under the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in Texas from 2002 to 2013. Using one state as an example, the progress charting data in 12 years demonstrates the need to set up a national agenda on closing the gap in racial disproportio...
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Social workers exercise their practice skills by helping clients find strengths and solutions. In order to comprehensively practice skills for diverse client situations, it is crucial to practice and fine-tune the applications of various therapeutic approaches through clinical drills. This paper presents an experiential learning model, expanded fro...
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This qualitative study explores communication strategies and the multiple roles of 13 communicators at the agency and in nonprofit sector. Interview data were grouped into six themes with three factors: antecedent factors of organizational behaviors, contextual factors of the environment, and convergent factors that determine internal and external...
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This chapter describes the essentials of clinical social work practice with Asian Americans, specifically as it connects to relational frameworks that focus on interpersonal relationships and client-worker connections. Due to the increase in Asian populations in the United States and the global trend of working with Asian immigrants, this study hig...
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Using a keyword search of the literature on minority gay and lesbian issues of the past decade, the authors identify 22 articles pertaining to African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. Fourteen factors which are frequently discussed in these articles including discrimination issues, oppression, assimilation, rejection, and social support are...
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Background and Purpose Fathering participation plays a significant role in child outcomes and family relationships (Flouri, 2005). Children with positive paternal relationships reported fewer behavior problems and less internalized or externalized distress (Dubowitz et al., 2001; Stocker et al., 2003). This presentation will report gender specific...
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At the National Bridging the Research and Practice Gap Symposium to discuss evidence-based practice (EBP) in social work, 150 participants attended five breakout groups to address real practice setting applications. These participants from social work academia and practice communities addressed issues and looked for solutions to promote research–pr...
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This study analyzes the demographic characteristics of foster care children under the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in Texas from 2002 to 2013. Using one state as an example, the progress charting data in 12 years demonstrates the need to set up a national agenda on closing the gap in racial disproportio...
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Research has shown that when used in treatment, music therapy can be successful in increasing brain function, improving emotional adjustment and reducing levels of depression and anxiety. Limited research has been published in research-based journals on the use of song/lyric therapy with adolescents with little discussion on practice implications....
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The positive effect of education on the income and well-being on an individual level is not questionable, but this goal must be achieved also on a national level through diverse policies to ensure universal benefits. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are extremely supportive of conditional cash transfers for education as a national...
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This study explored the development of a short version of “ASK” (Attitude–Skills–Knowledge) Scale — a tool for caseworkers and supervisors self-assessing cultural competency in a training context. The goal was to determine the validity and reliability of the 97-item long form and find factors to consolidate the items to create a shorter tool for tr...
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By observing factors that predict depressive symptoms, this study examines the need to identify whether the perception or the reality of being married helps Asian Americans in same-sex partnerships improve their mental health. In a Texas sample (N = 1,840) of respondents to a survey on needs and hardships of Asian ethnic communities, 163 individual...
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This study examined factors contributing to depressive symptoms among Japanese Americans. Data were collected in Houston, Texas, in 2008, before the March 2011 Japan earthquake, through a community survey including demographic and mental health questions and the Hopkins Symptoms Checklist. Among 43 Japanese American respondents in this convenience...
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This study takes a first-ever look at how hardship variables (i.e., rape, robbery, murder, loss/separation of family, loss of income, serious illness, refugee camps, war trauma) are related to family/relationship issues faced by Asian-Americans with same-sex partners. Data were analyzed from 163 Asian-American respondents from 10 Asian ethnic backg...
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Psychodrama is the process of enacting or reenacting relevant aspects or roles from current and past events to instill hope in clients who are facing life issues. This article examines the outcomes of a five-stage psychodrama treatment through a social worker's direct participation in a partial hospitalization program. Observation notes and supervi...
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A father’s participation in a child’s life has been regarded as a significant factor in the enhancement of a couple’s relationship. Although the investigations between paternal behavior and marital satisfaction come with mixed results, they clearly link the concepts of maternal and paternal role expectations to paternal behavior, which can be also...
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An exploratory survey indicated that the depression prevalence among Chinese Americans is 17.4 percent. Of 516 respondents, 34.9 percent preferred seeking advice from friends or relatives, followed by 30.2 percent not showing any preference when facing a mental health problem. Logistic regression results pointed to three contributing factors: anxie...
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Between 1998 and 2003 members and friends of Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in rural East Texas adopted 70 African American special needs children. Data from surveys of 113 Texas and Louisiana adoptive families, including 14 Bennett Chapel families, found that the amount of anticipated worker support influenced the decision to adopt, part...
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This article analyzes current trends and limitations in the design of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) with a focus on its application to older adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds. An analysis of 54 articles published between 2001 and 2011 in 4 social science databases that discussed DSM and its applicability to as...
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Little research has focused on the help-seeking behaviors of male victims in heterosexual intimate partner violence (IPV). Men who do not seek help tend not to have a strong social support network; however, they do possess a strong value system regarding their masculinity, believing that men should always demonstrate physical strength and self-dete...