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Grand Challenges for Society
Evidence Based Social Work Practice
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, James Herbert Williams, Martell L. Teasley, and Stephen H. Gorin, Editors
ISBN: 978-0-87101-536-5. 2019. Item #5365. 568 pages.
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Social workers face complex societal issues that often seem insurmountable. Pulled in many directions, sustainable progress can seem impossible. To help focus on what matters most, the American Academy for Social Work and Social Welfare has recently set out 12 grand challenges for social work and society, in three broad categories of individual and family well-being, social fabric, and social justice.

Social workers must strive toward social progress in these categories by relying on evidence-based methods, and the compendium of articles presented in this book highlights scholarship that provides a research base to address health disparities, social isolation, and financial capability, among others. Edited by the recent editors in chief of four NASW Press journals, Social Work, Health & Social Work, Children & Schools, and Social Work Research, this book is intended to be a primary resource for social work researchers, practitioners, policymakers, faculty, and students. Grand Challenges for Society not only provides the most up-to-date research, but also alerts the field to gaps in the literature that still need to be explored to achieve the aims of the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Foreword xiii
Angelo McClain
Introduction: Social Work’s Grand Challenges 1
Section I Individual and Family Well-Being 7
Part 1 Ensure Healthy Development for All Youths 15
1 School-based Social Work Interventions: 16
A Cross-National Systematic Review
Paula Allen-Meares, Katherine L. Montgomery,
and Johnny S. Kim
2 Teacher and Staff Voices: Implementation of a 26
Positive Behavior Bullying Prevention Program
in an Urban School
Joan Letendre, Jason A. Ostrander, and Alison Mickens
3 Intervening in Bullying: Differences across 35
Elementary School Staff Members in Attitudes,
Perceptions, and Self-Efficacy Beliefs
Anne Williford
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4 Cross-Ethnic Measurement Invariance of the 45
Brief Symptom Inventory for Individuals with
Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
Maanse Hoe and John S. Brekke
5 Understanding the Relationship Between School-Based 53
Health Center Use, School Connection, and Academic
Jessica Strolin-Goltzman, Amanda Sisselman, Kelly Melekis,
and Charlotte Auerbach
Part 2 Close the Health Gap 63
6 Disparities and the Social Determinants of 64
Mental Health and Addictions: Opportunities for a
Multifaceted Social Work Response
Elizabeth A. Bowen and Quenette L. Walton
7 Rural School-Based Mental Health Services: 71
Parent Perceptions of Needs and Barriers
Kimberly Searcey van Vulpen, Amy Habegar, and Teresa
8 Correlates of Receipt of Colorectal Cancer Screening 79
among American Indians in the Northern Plains
Soonhee Roh, Catherine E. Burnette, Kyoung Hag Lee,
Yeon-Shim Lee, and R. Turner Goins
9 Traumatic Brain Injury and the Americans with 89
Disabilities Act: Implications for the
Social Work Profession
Portia L. Cole and Dale Margolin Cecka
Part 3 Stop Family Violence 99
10 A Black Experience-Based Approach to 100
Gender-Based Violence
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley
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11 Culturally Competent Intimate Partner Violence 108
Risk Assessment: Adapting the Danger Assessment
for Immigrant Women
Jill Theresa Messing, Yvonne Amanor-Boadu, Courtenay E.
Cavanaugh, Nancy E. Glass, and Jacquelyn C. Campbell
12 Child Maltreatment Reporting by Educational 121
Personnel: Implications for Racial Disproportionality
in the Child Welfare System
Kathryn Suzanne Krase
13 Factors Related To Sexual Abuse and Forced Sex in a 132
Sample of Women Experiencing Police-Involved Intimate
Partner Violence
Jill Theresa Messing, Jonel Thaller, and Meredith E. Bagwell
Part 4 Advance Long and Productive Lives 143
14 Evaluation of a Spiritually Focused Intervention 144
with Older Trauma Survivors
Sharon Bowland, Tonya Edmond, and Roger D. Fallot
15 Predicting Service Use and Intent to Use Services 154
of Older Adult Residents of Two Naturally Occurring
Retirement Communities
Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Maha Dakheel-Ali,
and Barbara Jensen
16 The Effects of Caregiving Resources on Perceived 168
Health among Caregivers
Michin Hong and Donna Harrington
17 Alzheimer’s Patient Familial Caregivers: A Review 176
of Burden and Interventions
Alexandra Wennberg, Cheryl Dye, Blaiz Streetman-Loy,
and Hiep Pham
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Section II Stronger Social Fabric 185
Part 5 Eradicate Social Isolation 195
18 Psychosocial Concerns of Veterans of Operation 196
Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom
Jessica Strong, Kathleen Ray, Patricia A. Findley, Rita Torres, Lisa Pickett, and Richard J. Byrne
19 Caregivers of Veterans with "Invisible" Injuries: 204
What We Know and Implications for Social Work
Bina R. Patel
20 Toward Complete Inclusion: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, 213
and Transgender Military Service Members
after Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Brandon Alford and Shawna J. Lee
21 Engaging Older Adult Volunteers in National Service 222
Amanda Moore McBride, Jennifer C. Greenfield, Nancy
Morrow-Howell, Yung Soo Lee, and Stacey McCrary
Part 6 Ending Homelessness 235
22 Distal Stressors and Depression among Homeless Men 236
Carol Coohey and Scott D. Easton
23 Women, Poverty, and Trauma: An Empowerment 245
Practice Approach
Jean Francis East and Susan J. Roll
24 Exploring the Psychosocial and Behavioral 253
Adjustment Outcomes of Multi-Type Abuse
among Homeless Young Adults
Kristin M. Ferguson
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25 Homeless Liaisons’ Awareness about the 265
Implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act
Brittany Taylor Wilkins, Mary H. Mullins, Amber Mahan,
and James P. Canfield
Part 7 Creating Social Response to a Changing Environment 273
26 Human Security to Promote Capacity-building 274
and Sustainable Livelihoods Interventions
James Herbert Williams
27 Citizen Participation in Neighborhood Organizations 278
and Its Relationship to Volunteers’ Self- and Collective
Efficacy and Sense of Community
Mary L. Ohmer
28 Integrating a Suicide Prevention Program into 290
a School Mental Health System: A Case Example
from a Rural School District
Robert C. Schmidt, Aidyn L. Iachini, Melissa George, James
Koller, and Mark Weist
29 Social Work’s Role in the Conservation 299
Social Sciences
Jessica Lynn Decker Sparks
Part 8 Harness Technology for Social Good 303
30 Social Work in a Digital Age: Ethical and 304
Risk Management Challenges
Frederic G. Reamer
31 Virtual Boundaries: Ethical Considerations for 314
Use of Social Media in Social Work
Ericka Kimball and JaeRan Kim
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32 Children’s Experiences of Cyberbullying: 318
A Canadian National Study
Tanya Beran, Faye Mishna, Lauren B. McInroy,
and Shaheen Shariff
33 Methods and Challenges of Analyzing Spatial 326
Data for Social Work Problems: The Case of
Examining Child Maltreatment Geographically
Bridget Freisthler, Bridgette Lery, Paul J. Gruenewald,
and Julian Chow
Section III Just Society 339
Part 9 Promote Smart Decarceration 351
34 Reverse Social Work’s Neglect of Adults Involved 352
in the Criminal Justice System: The Intersection
and an Agenda
Carrie Pettus-Davis
35 Shifting from Zero Tolerance to Restorative Justice 358
in Schools
Martell L. Teasley
36 An Examination of Family and School Factors 361
Related to Early Delinquency
Jessica L. Lucero, Courtenay Barrett, and Hilary Jensen
37 The "Learning Disabilities to Juvenile Detention" 370
Pipeline: A Case Study
Christopher A. Mallett
Part 10 Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality 379
38 Responding to the Global Economic Crisis: 380
Inclusive Social Work Practice
Ron Strier
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Contents ix
39 Mental Health and Poverty in the Inner City 390
Ujunwa Anakwenze and Daniyal Zuberi
40 Physical and Mental Health Correlates of Adverse 401
Childhood Experiences among Low-Income Women
Christopher Cambron, Christina Gringeri, and Mary Beth
41 Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood 410
Poverty in the United States
Michael McLaughlin and Mark R. Rank
Part 11 Build Financial Capability for All 421
42 Growing Financial Assets for Foster Youths: 422
Expanded Child Welfare Responsibilities, Policy
Conflict, and Caseworker Role Tension
Clark M. Peters, Margaret Sherraden,
and Ann Marie Kuchinski
43 Assets and Income: Disability-Based Disparities 431
in the United States
Susan L. Parish, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Yeong Hun Yeo,
Roderick A. Rose, and Arie Rimmerman
44 Coming of Age on a Shoestring Budget: Financial 443
Capability and Financial Behaviors of Lower-Income
Stacia West and Terri Friedline
45 Cumulative Adverse Financial Circumstances: 451
Associations with Patient Health Status and Behaviors
Joanna Bisgaier and Karin V. Rhodes
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Part 12 Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice 461
46 How to Best Address the Needs of African American 462
Children Vulnerable to the Continual Widening
of the Achievement Gap
James Herbert Williams
47 Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence: 466
Can a Holistic Framework Help Explain Violence
Experienced by Indigenous People?
Catherine Elizabeth Burnette and Charles R. Figley
48 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in an 474
Era of Health Care Reform
Felicia M. Mitchell
49 Trayvon Martin: Racial Profiling, Black Male Stigma, 483
and Social Work Practice
Martell L. Teasley, Jerome H. Schiele, Charles Adams, and
Nathern S. Okilwa
50 Unequal Burden of Disease, Unequal Participation in 492
Clinical Trials: Solutions from African American
and Latino Community Members
Marvella E. Ford, Laura A. Siminoff, Elisabeth Pickelsimer,
Arch G. Mainous, Daniel W. Smith, Vanessa A. Diaz, Lea H.
Soderstrom, Melanie S. Jefferson, and Barbara C. Tilley
51 In Pursuit of Belonging: Acculturation, Perceived 502
Discrimination, and Ethnic-Racial Identity
among Latino Youths
Adrienne Juliet Michele Baldwin-White, Elizabeth Kiehne,
Adriana Uma a-Taylor, and Flavio F. Marsiglia
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Summary and Conclusion: Are You #Up4TheChallenge? 513
About the Editors 521
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, LICSW, is professor of social work and
immediate past director of the Doctoral Program at Howard University
School of Social Work. She served as editor-in-chief of Social Work from
2014 to 2018. She serves as associate editor of the Journal of Interpersonal
Violence and as an editorial board member of the Encyclopedia of Social
Work. She is the founding director of the Howard University Interpersonal
Violence Prevention Program, founding member and chair of the Prince
George’s County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, past national
elected board member of the Council on Social Work Education, past chair
and member of the NASW Committee on Women’s Issues, and past member of the Council on Social Work Education Commission on the Role
and Status of Women. Her research areas include intervention research in
areas of domestic and sexual violence, HIV prevention, engaging men and
boys, and social work entrepreneurship. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. BentGoodley received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her
PhD from Columbia University.
James Herbert Williams, PhD, MSW, MPA, is director and Arizona Centennial Professor of Social Welfare Services, School of Social Work, Arizona
State University, Phoenix. He is dean emeritus, Graduate School of Social
Work at the University of Denver. He has an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work, MPA from University of Colorado, Colorado
Springs, and a PhD in social welfare from the School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle. He served as editor-in-chief of Social Work
Research from 2013 to 2018. He is a member of the Grand Challenges for
Social Work Executive Committee, fellow in the American Academy for
Social Work & Social Welfare, past-president of the Society for Social Work
and Research, past-president of the National Association of Deans and
Directors of Schools of Social Work, and chair National Advisory Committee, Fahs Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation. His areas of research
are human security and economic sustainability, behavioral health disparities
and health equity, social health services for African American children in
urban schools, and community strategies for positive youth development.
Martell L. Teasley, PhD, MSW, is professor and dean of the College of
Social Work at the University of Utah. He served as professor and chair of the
Department of Social Work at the College of Public Policy at the University
of Texas at San Antonio from 2012 to 2017. He was chair of the Social Work
and Disaster Recovery Program at the College of Social Work at Florida
State University from 2006 to 2012. His education includes a Bachelor of
Science degree in psychology and sociology from Fayetteville State University
in 1994. He received an MSW degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 and a PhD in Social Work from Howard University in 2002.
Dr. Teasley served in the U.S. Army for 10 years and participated in the first
Persian Gulf War as a licensed practical nurse. He was elected President of
the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work in
2017 for a three-year term. Martell was awarded the 2011 Gary Lee Shaffer
Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work from
the School Social Work Association of America. He served as editor-in-chief
for the NASW Press journal Children & School from 2013 to 2018. His primary research interests include African American adolescent development,
cultural diversity, social welfare policy, and black studies.
Stephen H. Gorin, PhD, is professor emeritus of social work at Plymouth
State University, University System of New Hampshire. He has a PhD in
social welfare policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Gorin
is coauthor of Health Care Policy and Practice: A Biopsychosocial Perspective,
4E and the newly published Behavioral and Mental Health Care Policy: A
Biopsychosocial Perspective. He served as editor-in-chief of NASW’s Health
& Social Work journal from 2007 to 2017. He served on President Clinton’s
Health Care Task Force, as an adviser to the Coordinating Committee of
the National Medicare Education Program, as a member of the Advisory
Council of the U.S. Center for Mental Health Services; and was a delegate
to White House Conferences on Aging and Social Security. He is a member
of the National Academy of Social Insurance and serves on the standing
editorial board of Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work. His areas
of scholarship are inequality and health, social determinants of health, and
health care policy and reform.
"The editors of this book have carefully identified a collection of important articles within their respective journals that speak to social work practice methods for addressing many contemporary and future social welfare issues. It is sure to generate thought-provoking approaches to social welfare issues and new lines of inquiry."

- Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Chief Executive Officer

National Association of Social Workers

Washington, DC