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Submissions from 2019

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Utilizing the Senior Companion Program as a platform for a culturally informed caregiver intervention: Results from a mixed methods pilot study, Noelle L. Fields PhD, Ling Xu PhD, Virginia E. Richardson, Rupal Parekh, Dorothea Ivey PhD, and Melanie Calhoun

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A grounded theory study of organizational readiness for change in public child welfare: Developing a theoretical model., Natallie Gentles-Gibbs PhD, LCSW and Hyejin Kim

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“The Rain Grows Plants, the Thunder Does Not”: Refugee Mothers’ Narratives on Child Abuse and Neglect, Hermeet K. Kohli PhD, MSW and Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

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Perceptions of Police in Neighborhoods Receiving Community-Oriented Policing Services: Community Survey Results from the Restore Rundberg Initiative, Paula Yuma-Guerrero MPH, PhD; Kyle Pitzer MSSW; Yessenia Castro BS, MS, PhD; Reuben Addo MSSA, PhD; Ahmed Whitt PhD; and Davis Springer MSW, PhD

Submissions from 2018

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Homeless Individuals’ Social Construction of a Park: A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective, Reuben Addo PhD

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Youth Perceptions of Stress and Coping When Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism: A Photovoice Study, Jennifer M. First PhD, Nancy C. Cheak-Zamora, Michelle Teti DrPH, Anna Maurer-Batjer, and Nathan L. First

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Post-traumatic growth 2.5 years after the 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado, Jennifer M. First PhD, Nathan First, Jordan Stevens, Vicky Mieseler, and J. Brian Houston PhD

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Student Coping with the Effects of Disaster Media Coverage: A Qualitative Study of School Staff Perceptions, J. Brian Houston, Jennifer M. First PhD, and Laura M. Danforth

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Disaster Media Effects: A Systematic Review and Synthesis Based on the Differential Susceptibility to Media Effects Model, J. Brian Houston PhD, Matthew L. Spialek, and Jennifer M. First PhD

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Individual perceptions of community resilience following the 2011 Joplin tornado, J. Brian Houston PhD, Matthew L. Spialek, Jennifer M. First PhD, Jordan Stevens, and Nathan L. First

Submissions from 2017

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Caring for orphans and vulnerable children in institutional care facilities in sub-Saharan Africa: A social development intervention., Reuben Addo PhD

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Intimate partner violence and disasters: A framework for empowering women experiencing violence in disaster settings., Jennifer M. First PhD, Nathan L. First, and J. Brian Houston PhD

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Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI): A group intervention to foster college student resilience, Jennifer M. First PhD, Nathan L. First, and J. Brian Houston PhD

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Social work practice with West Indian migrant fathers, Natallie Gentles-Gibbs PhD, LCSW and Lance L. O. Gibbs PhD

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The Senior companion program plus: A culturally-tailored psychoeducational training program for senior companions, Dorothea Ivey PhD

Submissions from 2016

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A qualitative study of stress and coping when transitioning to adulthood with autism spectrum disorder, Jennifer M. First PhD, Nancy C. Cheak-Zamora PhD, and Michelle Teti DrPH

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Child Protection and Family Empowerment: Competing Rights or Accordant Goals?, Natallie Gentles-Gibbs PhD, LCSW

Leadership Development: A pathway to transformation of the public child welfare system., Natallie Gentles-Gibbs PhD, LCSW

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Sexual Harassment, Bullying, and School Outcomes for High School Girls and Boys, James E. Gruber PhD and Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

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Public disaster communication and child and family disaster mental health: A review of theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence, J. Brian Houston PhD

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Randomized controlled trial of the resilience and coping intervention (RCI) with undergraduate university students, J. Brian Houston PhD; Jennifer First PhD; Matthew L. Spialek PhD; Mary E. Sorenson MA; Toby Mills-Sandoval LCSW; McKenzie Lockett; Nathan L. First MSW; Pascal Nitiéma MD, MPH; Sandra F. Allen PhD; and Betty Pfefferbaum MD, JD

Submissions from 2015

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“Transitions are scary for our kids, and they're scary for us”: Family member and youth perspectives on the challenges of transitioning to adulthood with autism, Nancy C. Cheak-Zamora, Michelle Teti, and Jennifer First PhD

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2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado experience, mental health reactions, and service utilization: Cross-sectional assessments at approximately 6 months and 2.5 years post-event., J. Brian Houston PhD, Matthew L. Spialek PhD, Jordan Stevens, Jennifer M. First PhD, Vicky L. Mieseler, and Betty Pfefferbaum

Sexual Harassment, Education and Work: Current Theories, Research and Best Practices for Prevention, Michele A. Paludi PhD; Jennifer L. Martin PhD; James E. Gruber PhD; and Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

Submissions from 2014

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Not Babysitting: Work Stress and Well-Being for Family Child Care Providers, Paula Gerstenblatt PhD, Monica Faulkner, Ahyoung Lee, Linh Thy Doan, and Dnika Travis

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Framing Service Learning in Social Work: An Interdisciplinary Elective Course Embedded within a University–Community Partnership, Paula Gerstenblatt PhD and Dorie J. Gilbert

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The centrality of media and communication in fostering community resilience: A framework for assessment and intervention, J. Brian Houston PhD, Matthew L. Spialek PhD, Joy Cox, Molly M. Greenwood, and Jennifer M. First PhD

Unlikely Fame: Poor People Who Made history, David Wagner

Submissions from 2013

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Collage Portraits as a Method of Analysis in Qualitative Research, Paula Gerstenblatt PhD

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Cultivating a thriving childcare workforce: a theory-driven qualitative analysis, Dnika J. Travis, Ahyoung Lee, Paula Gerstenblatt PhD, and Jessica Boston

Submissions from 2012

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Long-Term HIV/AIDS Survivors: Coping Strategies and Challenges, Pamela Stowers Johansen EdD, LSW and Hermeet K. Kohli PhD, MSW

Books from 2010

Contemporary Field Social Work: Integrating Field and Classroom Experience, Mark Doel, Steven M. Shardlow, and Paul G. Johnson

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Historical and Theoretical Development of Culturally Competent Social Work Practice, Hermeet K. Kohli PhD, MSW; Ruth Huber; and Anna C. Faul

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Assessing Cultural Competence in Graduating Students, Hermeet K. Kohli PhD, MSW; Amarpreet S. Kohli Ph.D.; Ruth Huber PhD.; and Anna C. Faul

Submissions from 2009

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Youth at work: Adolescent Employment and Sexual Harassment, Susan Fineran and James E. Gruber

Submissions from 2008

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Comparing the Impact of Bullying and Sexual Harassment Victimization on the Mental and Physical Health of Adolescents, James Gruber PhD and Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

Submissions from 2007

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The Impact of Bullying and Sexual Harassment on Health Outcomes of Middle School and High School Girls, James Gruber and Susan Fineran

Empowering Children through Art and Expression : culturally sensitive ways of healing trauma and grief, Bruce St. Thomas and Paul Johnson

Submissions from 2006

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Review of License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

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Risk Factors for Peer Sexual Harassment in Schools, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW and Rebecca M. Bolen PhD

Submissions from 2003

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Peer Sexual Harassment and Peer Violence Among Adolescents in Johanesburg and Chicago, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW; Larry Bennett PhD; and Terry Sacco MSW

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Sharing common ground: Learning about oppression through an experiential game, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW; Rebecca M. Bolen PhD; Mary Urban-Keary; and Libby Zimmerman

Gender socialization and low self-esteem in pre-adolescent girls: Implications for social work practice in the Caribbean, Natallie Gentles-Gibbs PhD, LCSW

Submissions from 2002

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Adolescents at Work: Gender Issues and Sexual Harassment, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

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Sexual harassment between same-sex peers: The intersection of mental health, homophobia, and sexual violence in schools, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

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Review of: The Road Not Taken: A History of Radical Social Work in the United States, David Wagner

Submissions from 2001

Sexual minority students and peer sexual harassment in high school, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW

Peer sexual harassment and peer violence: South African children at risk, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW; Larry Bennett PhD; and Terry Sacco MSW

Submissions from 1999

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Gender and power issues of peer sexual harassment among teenagers, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW and Larry Bennett PhD

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Research on violence against women: Creating survivor informed collaborations, Mary E. Gilfus; Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW; Deborah J. Cohan; Susan A. Jensen; Lisa Hartwick; and Robin Spath

Submissions from 1998

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Sexual and severe physical violence among high school students: Power beliefs, gender and relationship, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW and Larry Bennett PhD

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Teen peer sexual harassment: Implications for social work practice in education, Susan Fineran PhD, LICSW and Larry Bennett PhD