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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 by Angelo McClain
Introduction: Social Work’s Grand Challenges

Section I Individual and Family Well-Being

Part 1: Ensure Healthy Development for All Youths

Chapter 1: School-based Social Work Interventions: A Cross-National Systematic Review
Paula Allen-Meares, Katherine L. Montgomery, and Johnny S. Kim

Chapter 2: Teacher and Staff Voices: Implementation of a Positive Behavior Bullying Prevention Program in an Urban School
Joan Letendre, Jason A. Ostrander, and Alison Mickens

Chapter 3: Intervening in Bullying: Differences across Elementary School Staff Members in Attitudes, Perceptions, and Self-Efficacy Beliefs
Anne Williford

Chapter 4: Cross-Ethnic Measurement Invariance of the Brief Symptom Inventory for Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness
Maanse Hoe and John S. Brekke

Chapter 5: Understanding the Relationship Between School-Based Health Center Use, School Connection, and Academic Performance
Jessica Strolin-Goltzman, Amanda Sisselman, Kelly Melekis, and Charlotte Auerbach

Part 2: Close the Health Gap

Chapter 6: Disparities and the Social Determinants of Mental Health and Addictions: Opportunities for a Multifaceted Social Work Response
Elizabeth A. Bowen and Quenette L. Walton

Chapter 7: Rural School-Based Mental Health Services: Parent Perceptions of Needs and Barriers
Kimberly Searcey van Vulpen, Amy Habegar, and Teresa Simmons

Chapter 8: Correlates of Receipt of Colorectal Cancer Screening among American Indians in the Northern Plains
Soonhee Roh, Catherine E. Burnette, Kyoung Hag Lee, Yeon-Shim Lee, and R. Turner Goins

Chapter 9: Traumatic Brain Injury and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for the Social Work Profession
Portia L. Cole and Dale Margolin Cecka

Part 3: Stop Family Violence

Chapter 10: A Black Experience-Based Approach to Gender-Based Violence
Tricia B. Bent-Goodley

Chapter 11: Culturally Competent Intimate Partner Violence 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

Chapter 12: Child Maltreatment Reporting by Educational Personnel: Implications for Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System
Kathryn Suzanne Krase

Chapter 13: Factors Related To Sexual Abuse and Forced Sex in a 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

Chapter 14: Evaluation of a Spiritually Focused Intervention with Older Trauma Survivors
Sharon Bowland, Tonya Edmond, and Roger D. Fallot

Chapter 15: Predicting Service Use and Intent to Use Services of Older Adult Residents of Two Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Maha Dakheel-Ali, and Barbara Jensen

Chapter 16: The Effects of Caregiving Resources on Perceived Health among Caregivers
Michin Hong and Donna Harrington

Chapter 17: Alzheimer’s Patient Familial Caregivers: A Review of Burden and Interventions
Alexandra Wennberg, Cheryl Dye, Blaiz Streetman-Loy, and Hiep Pham

Section II Stronger Social Fabric

Part 5: Eradicate Social Isolation

Chapter 18: Psychosocial Concerns of Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom
Jessica Strong, Kathleen Ray, Patricia A. Findley, Rita Torres, Lisa Pickett, and Richard J. Byrne

Chapter 19: Caregivers of Veterans with "Invisible" Injuries: What We Know and Implications for Social Work Practice
Bina R. Patel

Chapter 20: Toward Complete Inclusion: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Military Service Members after Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Brandon Alford and Shawna J. Lee

Chapter 21: Engaging Older Adult Volunteers in National Service
Amanda Moore McBride, Jennifer C. Greenfield, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Yung Soo Lee, and Stacey McCrary

Part 6: Ending Homelessness

Chapter 22: Distal Stressors and Depression among Homeless Men
Carol Coohey and Scott D. Easton

Chapter 23: Women, Poverty, and Trauma: An Empowerment Practice Approach
Jean Francis East and Susan J. Roll

Chapter 24: Exploring the Psychosocial and Behavioral Adjustment Outcomes of Multi-Type Abuse among Homeless Young Adults
Kristin M. Ferguson

Chapter 25: Homeless Liaisons’ Awareness about the 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

Chapter 26: Human Security to Promote Capacity-building and Sustainable Livelihoods Interventions
James Herbert Williams

Chapter 27: Citizen Participation in Neighborhood Organizations and Its Relationship to Volunteers’ Self- and Collective Efficacy and Sense of Community
Mary L. Ohmer

Chapter 28: Integrating a Suicide Prevention Program into 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

Chapter 29: Social Work’s Role in the Conservation Social Sciences
Jessica Lynn Decker Sparks

Part 8: Harness Technology for Social Good

Chapter 30: Social Work in a Digital Age: Ethical and Risk Management Challenges
Frederic G. Reamer

Chapter 31: Virtual Boundaries: Ethical Considerations for Use of Social Media in Social Work
Ericka Kimball and JaeRan Kim

Chapter 32: Children’s Experiences of Cyberbullying: A Canadian National Study
Tanya Beran, Faye Mishna, Lauren B. McInroy, and Shaheen Shariff

Chapter 33: Methods and Challenges of Analyzing Spatial 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

Part 9: Promote Smart Decarceration

Chapter 34: Reverse Social Work’s Neglect of Adults Involved in the Criminal Justice System: The Intersection and an Agenda
Carrie Pettus-Davis

Chapter 35: Shifting from Zero Tolerance to Restorative Justice in Schools
Martell L. Teasley

Chapter 36: An Examination of Family and School Factors Related to Early Delinquency
Jessica L. Lucero, Courtenay Barrett, and Hilary Jensend

Chapter 37: The "Learning Disabilities to Juvenile Detention" Pipeline: A Case Study
Christopher A. Mallett

Part 10: Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality

Chapter 38: Responding to the Global Economic Crisis: Inclusive Social Work Practice
Ron Strier

Chapter 39: Mental Health and Poverty in the Inner City
Ujunwa Anakwenze and Daniyal Zuberi

Chapter 40: Physical and Mental Health Correlates of Adverse Childhood Experiences among Low-Income Women
Christopher Cambron, Christina Gringeri, and Mary Beth Vogel-Ferguson

Chapter 41: Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States
Michael McLaughlin and Mark R. Rank

Part 11: Build Financial Capability for All

Chapter 42: Growing Financial Assets for Foster Youths: Expanded Child Welfare Responsibilities, Policy Conflict, and Caseworker Role Tension
Clark M. Peters, Margaret Sherraden, and Ann Marie Kuchinski

Chapter 43: Assets and Income: Disability-Based Disparities in the United States
Susan L. Parish, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Yeong Hun Yeo, Roderick A. Rose, and Arie Rimmerman

Chapter 44: Coming of Age on a Shoestring Budget: Financial Capability and Financial Behaviors of Lower-Income Millennials
Stacia West and Terri Friedline

Chapter 45: Cumulative Adverse Financial Circumstances: Associations with Patient Health Status and Behaviors
Joanna Bisgaier and Karin V. Rhodes

Part 12: Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice

Chapter 46: How to Best Address the Needs of African American Children Vulnerable to the Continual Widening of the Achievement Gap
James Herbert Williams

Chapter 47: Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence: Can a Holistic Framework Help Explain Violence Experienced by Indigenous People?
Catherine Elizabeth Burnette and Charles R. Figley

Chapter 48: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in an Era of Health Care Reform
Felicia M. Mitchell

Chapter 49: Trayvon Martin: Racial Profiling, Black Male Stigma, and Social Work Practice
Martell L. Teasley, Jerome H. Schiele, Charles Adams, and Nathern S. Okilwa

Chapter 50: Unequal Burden of Disease, Unequal Participation in 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

Chapter 51: In Pursuit of Belonging: Acculturation, Perceived Discrimination, and Ethnic-Racial Identity among Latino Youths
Adrienne Juliet Michele Baldwin-White, Elizabeth Kiehne, Adriana Uma a-Taylor, and Flavio F. Marsiglia

Summary and Conclusion: Are You #Up4TheChallenge?
About the Editors
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. Bent-Goodley 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 & Schools 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