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Behavioral Methods in Social Welfare

ISBN 9780202362144
Published July 30, 2007 by Routledge
420 Pages

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Book Description

"Behavioral Methods in Social Welfare" offers positive proof that behaviorism has come of age in social work. Steven Paul Schinke and the contributors to this volume are social work practitioners who document their attempts to extend the basic tenets of behavioral psychology from the laboratory, clinic, and classroom to the full range of client groups and social problems that make up the practice of social work. In social work education, traditionally to the extent it appeared in the curriculum at all, behavioral content appeared in electives or in courses not focused on practice. It is a true measure of progress that behavioral methods are now visible, integral component of social work education and practice.The authors of each piece in this collection indicate progress in developing an empirically based approach to social work practice. Despite the impressive documentation contained in the present volume, no conclusive evidence as to the effectiveness of behavioral methods exists. What behavioral methods do offer, however, is a systematic format for both problem intervention and evaluation that, over time, should produce a more empirically based practice. A promising sign, well documented in the present effort, is the facility with which this book has subjected practice procedures to the rigor of research and evaluation.This blending of clinical practice and research develops the sense of competence that student-practitioners acquire in understanding and controlling both the art and science of their clinical practice. Steven Schinke and his colleagues offer a series of "snapshots" of important work in process. Their collective portrait provides a fresh perspective and new stimulus for all social work practice, as well as an affirmation that disciplined, responsive, and sensitive social work intervention can make a difference in the lives of people.

Table of Contents

Foreword: James K. Whittaker and Scott Briar 
Introduction: Behavioral Methods in Social Work 
1. Groups for Antisocial Children: 
John S. Wodarski
2. Parents as Agents for Behavior Change: 
Elsie M. Pinkston, Benjamin S. Friedman, and Richard A. Polster 
3. Reaching Underachievers: 
Richard A. Polster, Mary Ann Lynch, and Elsie M. Pinkston
4. Social Competence in Adolescence:
Lewayne D. Gilchrist.
5. Contracts in Foster Care: 
Theodore J. Stein and Eileen D. Gambrill
6. Crisis Intervention with Youths: 
Edmund T. Dimock
7. Treatment of Child Abuse: 
Robert F. Schilling, II 
8. Women and Self-Criticism:
Sharon B. Berlin 
9. Assertiveness Training for Women:
Cheryl A. Richey 
10. Sexual Dysfunction and Cognitions:
Wayne D. Duehn and Nazneen Sada Mayadas 
11. Control of Addictions: 
Betty J. Blythe 
12. Helping Mentally Retarded Persons Get Jobs:
Richard M. Grinnell, Jr. and Alice Lieberman 
13. Social Interactions in Nursing Homes: 
Raymond M. Berger 
14. Developing Skills for the Interview:
Jeffrey L. Edleson and Sheldon D. Rose 
15. Preparing for Marital Counseling in Nontraditional Settings:
Stanley Witkin 
16. Behavioral Methods in Primary Health Care:
William H. Butterfield and Judith Werking 
17. Individual Case Evaluation: 
Steven Paul Schinke 
18. Evaluation at the Community-Program Level:
Richard L. Gorsuch 
Author Index 
Subject Index 

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