Peter A Kindle

Peter A Kindle

PhD, MSW

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Introduction
Peter A Kindle is retired. He worked in the Department of Social Work, University of South Dakota where he taught an introductory course in social work, research methods, statistics, social welfare policy, and electives in mental health and financial empowerment for social work practice. He co-founded the Social Welfare Research Consortium in 2012 to research the effects of taking a social welfare policy course. Our most recent study assessed attitudinal change toward wealth and taxes.
Additional affiliations
July 2020 - present
University of South Dakota
Position
  • Professor (Full)
August 2016 - June 2020
University of South Dakota
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2010 - May 2016
University of South Dakota
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 2005 - May 2007
University of Houston
Field of study
  • Social Work
August 2002 - April 2009
University of Houston
Field of study
  • Social Work
January 2000 - May 2002
University of Houston - Clear Lake
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (222)
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The field of social work seeks to enhance human well-being by addressing the needs of people living in poverty. Three billion people around the world use the internet daily, and 65% of them use social media. This article qualitatively identifies emergent themes about the lived experiences of poverty from people who reported either being poor or hav...
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To better understand payday loan borrowing, this study used descriptive and multivariate statistical analysis of the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances (N = 6,055). Findings suggested that prior research mis-identified demographic predictors of payday loans use which is statistically invariant between income quintiles. Borrowers were more likely to b...
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This paper is a meta-ethnography of four low-income communities in order to explore fringe economic behaviors. Rejecting the interpretation of fringe economic behaviors as irrational, we affirm these behaviors as viable alternatives for people marginalized in the mainstream economy. Using a meta-ethnographic method and employing the concepts of soc...
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This study compares the perception of stigma measured as social distance between users (n = 40) and non-users (n = 202) of local food pantries in the Upper Midwest. Utilizing the concept of social distance to measure social disapproval and stigma with a new Food Pantry Stigma Scale, these nonprobability results indicated that users’ perception of s...
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Review of the book United States Income, Wealth, Consumption, Inequality
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Panel discussion that included my work as an illustration of the broad definition of public scholarship proposed by Kezar, Divalas, and Kitchen's (2018) Envisioning Public Scholarship for Our Time: Models for Higher Education Researchers.
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Book Review of Facing Segregation: Housing Policy Solutions for a Stronger Society
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Review of Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country
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Book Review of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes what we Think, See, and Do
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Book Review of Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America
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This study explores rural Midwestern attitudes (N = 126) toward 21 government benefit programs. Findings indicated that there were substantial differences between male and female respondents with male respondents believing that means-tested government benefits were too generous by almost a full standard deviation (d = .90) in comparison with female...
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Review of the book The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America by Robert Wuthnow
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Social work educators are charged with the important task of preparing students to carry out the noble mission to focus on the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Educators, particularly those who teach social policy, understand that to achieve this mission, it is imperative for social workers to be...
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John Gal and Idit Weiss-Gal (eds) (2017) Where Academia and Policy Meet: A Cross-national Perspective on the Involvement of Social Work Academics in Social Policy, Bristol: Policy Press, £70.00, pp. 304, hbk. - Volume 48 Issue 2 - PETER A. KINDLE
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Review of the book Technology, Activism, and Social Justice in a Digital Age (Oxford, 2018) Published online in Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics
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We explored the use of Alexander’s (2012) racial caste system in social welfare policy courses as a framework for achieving changes in student perceptions. Using a one group pre/post design, social work students enrolled in policy classes at two different institutions (N = 154) completed pre- and post-test questionnaires measuring attitudes. Result...
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This presentation argues that authentic human relationships and community are better if based on shared imperfections. Our woundedness and vulnerabilites can bring us together in ways that achievement and success cannot. Those who have fallen are most aware that they need others, and in our falling, we can find one another.
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Understanding factors associated with stigma towards the transgendered and, alternatively, support for tranasgender rights is an important preliminary step toward adjusting social attitudes.This presentation will explore predictors of support for transgender rights by appeal to respondent demographics and self-reported religious ideation and tradit...
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Understanding student political attitudes—feelings about government and perceptions of its role—has long been of interest to social scientists. One factor that may influence political attitudes is belief in a just world, a complex psychological construct well established in the literature. Our study explores changes in social work students’ percept...
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This poster calculates the maximum income in comparison to the poverty line for married and unmarried households with zero to three children to determine the inequities in EITC eligibility. Findings suggest that households without children are eligible for a significantly lower access the EITC at every income level.
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This poster reports the findings of a one group, pre/post-test study designed to determine the increase in Latino elementary student motivations to learn science to increase standardized test scores. Results were mixed with significant differences for all Latino students in the fourth grade, but mixed by gender for fifth grade students.
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This presentation explores common misconceptions about welfare recipients and argues that income redistribution through government taxation has made welfare recipients of us all. Stigmatizing certain forms of redistribution is therefore unwarranted.
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Review of the book Financial Crimes: Psychological, Technological, and Ethical Issues by M. Dion, D. Weisstub, & J. Richet (Eds)
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Treating clients and co-workers with dignity and respect is a core value of the social work profession (NASW, 2008), but social workers are rarely fully attentive to the encumbrances that can accrue to this charge through the need to be sensitive to cultural variation and social responsibility. The role that culture plays in the development of an i...
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Knowledge of social policy is critical to sound social work practice—micro, mezzo, and macro. Yet, social work educators find it challenging to engage students in policy work. As policy instructors, we share the concern that, in general, few social work students value the importance of macro-level practice skills (Anderson & Harris 2005) and their...
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This presentation highlights the results of a HRSA funded project to enhance competence behavioral health with culturally diverse children and youth through didactic trainings for advanced year MSW students. We explored the percent of change in pretest and posttest scores on a valid and reliable cultural competency measure following training.
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This paper compares the concentrated poverty on the Pine Ridge reservation with the concentrated poverty in South Memphis. Analogously, both were intentionally created over time by federal policies, geographical isolation, and local corruption. Policy proposals to arrest concentrated poverty in both contexts will always be inadequate without intent...
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This presentation explains the classical economic argument against the provision of welfare as inefficient, how this argument clashes with contemporary reality, and a social justice argument for greater public investment in education, healthcare, and welfare supports to generate primary effects (increases in human capital and secondary effects ( ec...
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This study reports the development of a new Blame Index to determine attributions of the causes of poverty along a single structural-to-individual dimension. A multisite pre-/post-group design tested the degree of change in social work students’ (N = 177) perception of poverty as a result of taking a single BSW social policy course or an MSW founda...
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Objective: The past few months have been contentious to say the least, and the nation is more divided than ever. At this time, we need solutions that will address our most pressing problems while bringing the nation together. One of the most pressing problems in this country is poverty, and it is particularly troubling in the case of the working po...
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Review of the book Health care as a right of citizenship: The continuing evolution of reform by G. Almgren
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Treating clients and co-workers with dignity and respect is a core value of the social work profession (NASW, 2008), but social workers are rarely fully attentive to the encumbrances that can accrue to this charge through the need to be sensitive to cultural variation and social responsibility. The role that culture plays in the development of an i...
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This presentation describes the development of a new scale to measure attitudes toward poverty.
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This presentation explains what evidence-based practice is, the challenges associated with implementing evidence-based practices, and suggestions for utilization of five freely available websites to overcome the barriers to implementation (Campbell Collaboration,Cochrane Collaboration, SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practic...
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Review of the book The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time by Alex Korb
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Since its earliest beginnings, the profession of social work has been concerned with the issues of poverty and economic disparities. Florence Kelley, a resident of Hull House for most of 1892 (Blumberg, 1966), was tapped by Jane Addams and Josephine Shaw Lowell to be the first executive secretary of the National Consumers League (NCL) in 1899 (NCL,...
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Invited presentation at the University of South Dakota’s Center for Teaching and Learning about how I have integrated undergraduate research projects into my two-course research methods and statistics sequence.
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Rural states with strong farm economies are politically conservative and resistant to progressive legislation. Historically, farmers and ranchers in America have faced difficult times such as progressive era boycotts (Macleod, 2009), the dust bowl (Egan, 2006), and the 1980’s farm crisis (Braiser, 2005). Dependence on spot markets in which to sell...
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Review of the book Social Welfare Policy: Responding to a Changing World by by J. G. McNutt & R. Hoefer.
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Background and Rationale Since the early 1990s there has been considerable enhancement of the research capacity in social work (Jenson, Briar-Lawson, & Flanzer, 2008). Many research centers have been organized at various institutions of higher learning (e.g., Landsverk, Garland, Reutz, & Davis, 2011; Moon & Buttell, 2015; Ronen, 2012; Winokur, Vale...
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Understanding student political attitudes—feelings about government and perceptions of its role—has long been of interest to social scientists. One factor that may influence political attitudes is belief in a just world, a complex psychological construct well-established in the literature. Our study explores changes in social work students’ percept...
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This presentation explores three challenges: The cultural challenge, the theoretical challenge, and the authenticity challenge in the ethical practice of social work at the Veterans Administration. The role of culture in client self-determination, the conflict between Freudian professional objectivity and use of self in social work practice, the ch...
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Although people living in rural areas tend to experience poverty rates as high as or higher than people living in large cities, rural residents are often found to have anti-welfare attitudes (Camasso & Moore, 1985; Swank, 2005). A 1996 study surveyed 218 rural elderly women on attitudes toward government assistance found that they were generally in...
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Poverty rates in urban areas are notorious, but poverty is as much as twice as high in the smaller rural areas as it is in the larger cities (Delavega, 2014). This is the result of a variety of factors, including fewer employment opportunities and isolation (Edwards & Addae, 2015; Sutherland & Chur-Hansen, 2014). One of the forms that poverty takes...
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In the 2016 legislative session, South Dakota became the first state to pass a bill restricting transgender students’ bathroom use (Somasshekhar, 2016). Even though this bill was later vetoed by the governor, expressions of social stigma toward the transgendered and other sexual minorities have been associated with negative attitudes toward self (H...
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Review of the book Rural Social Work: An International Perspective by Richard Pugh and Brian Cheers
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Why are rural states with strong farm economies politically conservative and resistant to progressive legislation? Historically, farmers and ranchers in America have faced difficult times such as progressive era boycotts (Macleod, 2009), the dust bowl (Egan, 2006), and the 1980’s farm crisis (Braiser, 2005). Dependence on spot markets in which to s...
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Over two decades ago, Fraser, Jensen, and Lewis (1993) argued that there was no recognizable educational continuum for research training in social work. Their conclusion stated “At each level of social work education, the basics of research are taught and then re-taught” (no page no.). A recent study collected descriptive data from 201 BSW and MSW...
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The United States is the only economically developed nation that has failed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC; Gardinier, 2010) which may be interpreted as a failure to build bridges of dignity for children. Young-Buehl is less charitable, coining a new term childism to denote prejudice against the rights of children. The con...
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Since the organization of the Financial Literacy Education Commission in 2003, social service agencies have been required to include financial literacy education programs as a component of their services to people with low incomes. Recent evidence suggests that these programs have been remarkably ineffective at changing financial behaviors. Fernand...
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English Language Learners (ELLs) are no longer a population of interest for border states and urban areas alone. Providing high-quality education for all children, and particularly for underserved populations, remains a challenge in education (Hollins & Guzman, 2005). Significant differences in achievement on standardized tests and graduation rates...
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Review of the book The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically by Peter Singer
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This study explores whether student perceptions of poverty are changed in a single semester in a social welfare course and whether a decrease in “blaming” is associated with an increase in support for governmental programs, suggesting proficiency in CSWE competencies of Diversity in Practice and Human Rights and Justice.
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This teaching note argues that one value associated with preparing book reviews for publication is the increased capacity to develop this skill in undergraduate and MSW-level social work students. A book review assignment is presented that has been effective in developing student authors. After graduation, student authors (N = 21) agreed that accep...
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The Lakota population in South Dakota comprises about 8.8% of the total state population. In 2011, Ziebach County which contains the Cheyenne River Reservation was the poorest county in the United States. Sixty-two percent of the households in Ziebach County live below the federal poverty level. On the reservation, unemployment is a skyrocketing at...
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This study explored rural perspectives on same-sex marriage with a nonprobability sample (N = 156) of adult respondents recruited in a largely rural state in the upper Midwest. A new 6-item instrument with strong internal consistency (α =.943) found that support for same-sex marriage was widespread without significant differences based on relations...

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