|Editorial: Empowerment in Action: #SWLeadAdvocateChampion
The 2018 Social Work Month theme was “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” Social workers can adopt this theme for the entire 2018 year. Indeed, social workers are providing leadership, serving as advocates, and championing important issues to affect people within their communities, the nation, and beyond. It is important for the profession to embody these roles.
Social Work Educational Debt and Salary Survey: A Snapshot from Ohio
Educational debt is on the rise, and social work salaries remain low compared with salaries of other similarly educated and trained professionals. To better understand the implications of educational debt for social workers, an online survey was sent to social workers in Ohio.
Value Preferences of Social Workers
The current study examines value preferences of social workers in Israel. Analysis showed that value preferences of social workers differed significantly from those of the general population. Analyses of covariance showed that social workers reported a higher preference for self-transcendence and a lower preference for conservation and self-enhancement values.
Wounded Healers: A Multistate Study of Licensed Social Workers’ Behavioral Health Problems
Studies indicate that helping professionals are disproportionately affected by behavioral health problems. Among social workers, the nature and scope of these problems are understudied. This article reports the findings of a 2015 survey of 6,112 licensed social workers in 13 states regarding their problems with mental health; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; and gambling. To ascertain whether these problems preceded or developed during their social work careers, the periods of time when these issues were experienced were identified.
The Power of Prevention and Youth Voice: A Strategy for Social Work to Ensure Youths’ Healthy Development
Presenting four unique social work efforts designed to harness the power of youth voice, this article shines a spotlight on the role of social work research and practice in harnessing the power of youth participation in efforts of promote healthy youth development. This article concludes by illustrating the benefits of youth engagement for young people, communities, and researchers.
“I Think I Can . . . Maybe I Can . . . I Can’t”: Social Work Women and Local Elected Office
Using survey data from 545 MSW students and 200 law students, this study considers how interested women are in running for office and what barriers they perceive to doing so. Results suggest that women in MSW programs were significantly more interested in running for local office (city council, school board, county commission) than women in law school. At the same time, women in MSW programs were significantly more likely to doubt their qualifications to run for local office, which significantly decreased their interest in running.
Social Work and Prison Labor: A Restorative Model
The current prison labor system allows corporations to profit from punishment that is disproportionately allocated to people of color and the poor. This article provides a critical analysis of prison labor policies in the United States and proposes a position for social workers on the ethical and restorative use of inmate labor. This model uses the framework of restorative justice to explore how successful models of social enterprise can benefit inmates and their communities.
Geographical Variation and Social Work Students’ Job Intentions in China: A Geographic Information Systems Approach
Social work education in China is undergoing far-reaching development. However, an important issue, low professional commitment, has been identified. Why do social work graduates—especially master’s level graduates—take jobs unrelated to social work?
A Typology of Social Workers in Long-Term Care Facilities in Israel
This article explores moral distress among long-term care facility (LTCF) social workers by examining the relationships between moral distress and environmental and personal features. Based on these features, authors identified a typology of LTCF social workers and how they handle moral distress. Such a typology can assist in the identification of social workers who are in a particular need for assistance.