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Social Work Practice I: At Risk Populations

Guide to basic Social Work resources.

Race and Ethnicity

Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, 2008. Over 600 signed entries on racial and ethnic groups and issues relating to race and ethnicity. Off-Campus Access
How Race Counts for Hispanic Americans. John R. Logan. University of Albany, Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research. 2003. "This report classifies Hispanics into three categories: Hispanic Hispanics, black Hispanics, and white Hispanics. Results find substantial differences among these Hispanic racial groups."
"Ethnic Identity of Transethnically Adopted Hispanic Adolescents," Estela Andujo. Social Work 33(6), November/December 1988, pp.531-535. Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
"Ethical Considerations in Social Work Research with Multiracial Individuals," Kelly F. Jackson. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics 7(1), 2010. "The growing presence and visibility of multiracial persons in the US demands that social work researchers critically examine and understand the complexity of identity as it applies to people who identify with more than one race."

At Risk Populations

The Elderly
African Americans
The Homeless
The Mentally Ill
The Mentally Disabled



The State of America's Children 2014
"A compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, family income and gun violence." From the Children's Defense Fund.
Child Welfare in New Jersey
Data from the Children's Defense Fund.
America's Children 2014.
Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office.
Annual reports from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
Kids Count 2014
Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, annually tracks the status of children in the U.S., nationally and state-by-state. New Jersey Profile.
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) 1997-2010.
Survey mandated by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Looks at the characterisitcs of the children and families that come into contact with the child welfare system; the pathways and services they experience while in the system; and the short and longer-term effects of the experience for these children and families.
Adoption and Foster Care Statistics
From the Children's Bureau (CB), one of the bureaus within the Administration for Children and Families, of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Elderly

Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being
Washington, D.C., Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. July 2010.
Chartbook relating to the health and well-being of Americans 65 and older.
A Profile of Older Americans, 2009
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Administration on Aging.
Data Sources on Older Americans 2009
"Highlights the contents of government-sponsored surveys and products containing statistical information about the older population."
"Perceived Age Discrimination and Mental Health"
Anastasia S. Vogt Yuan. Social Forces86(1), September 2007, pp.291-311.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
"Self-Reported Ageism in Social Work Practitioners and Students"
Priscilla D. Allen, Katie E. Cherry, and Erdman Palmore. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 52(2), 2009, pp.124-134.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

African Americans

Race, Poverty and Public Policy.
Mary Jo Bane. March 2005
"African Americans with Disabilities and the Social Security Administration's Return-to-Work Incentives,"
Reginald J. Alston. Journal of Disability Policy Studies 14(4), Spring 2004, 216-221.
Review of SSCI policies and the cultural variables specific to African Americans that may negate return-to-work incentives.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access
"Race and American Social Policy,"
Jill Quadagno. National Forum 76(3), Summer 1996, 35-38.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access
"Social Sources of Racial Disparities in Health,"
David R. Williams and Pamela Braboy Jackson. Health Affairs 24(2), March/April 2005, 325-334.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy
Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., New York, Oxford University Press, 2010. 
Social Work Practice with African-American Families: An Intergenerational Perspective.
Cheryl Waites. New York, Routledge, 2008.


Latino Encyclopedia.
Richard and Rafael Chabran, editors. New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1996. 6 vols.
More than 1900 entries ranging from several paragraphs to signed full-length articles with annotated bibliographies relating to the Latino experience in the United States. 
Chicano Database
c. 1960- . Index to some 130 journals, as well as books, book chapters, popular magazines, and newspapers relating to Chicanos/Chicanas and Mexican Americans. From 1992 forward, includes records for material on the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access
Social Work with Latinos: A Cultural Assets Paradigm
Melvin Delgado. New York, Oxford University Press, 2007. 
"Reflections on Latino Advocacy and Welfare Reform in New Jersey,"
Maria Josefa Canino-Arroyo. Centro Journal 15(1), Spring 2003, 176-195.

The Homeless

Encyclopedia of Homelessness.
Edited by David Levinson. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, 2004.
Signed articles with bibliographies.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.
A Dream Denied: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities.
2006. A report by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.
Blueprint for Change: Ending Chronic Homelessness for Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses and/or Co-occuring Substance Use Disorders.
Rockville, MD., Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services, 2003.
"Predictors of Homelessness Among Families in New York City: From Shelter Request to Housing Stability,"
Marybeth Shinn American Journal of Public Health 88(11), November 1998, 1651-1657.
Five-year study of a cohort of families receiving public assistance in New York City found that receipt of subsidized housing was the primary predictor of housing stability among formerly homeless families. Concluded that housing subsidies are critical to ending homelessness among families.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.
"A User-Friendly Approach to Progarm Evaluation and Effective Community Intervention for Families at Risk of Homelessness,"
Elizabeth A. Mulroy and Helenann Lauber. Social Work 49(4), 573-586.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.
What New Jersey Needs to Know About Family Homelessness. July 2002
Fact Sheet from the Institute for Children and Poverty.
The Correlates of Homelessness in New Jersey 1980-2000.
Glenda Kirkland. Ph.D. Thesis, Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2003.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.


"Immigrant Policy: Issues for Social Work Practice,"
Yolanda C. Padilla. Social Work 42(6), November 1997, 595-606.
Off-Campus AccessRutgers-restricted Access
Immigration Debate: Politics, Ideologies of Anti-Immigration Forces.
Tom Barry. June 17, 2005.
An Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) Americas Program Special Report.
Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills and Advocacy.
Fernando Chang-Muy, Elaine P. Congress, editors. New York, Springer, 2009. 
Social Work Practice with Refugee and Immigrant Youth in the United States
Melvin Delgado, Kay Jones, and Mojdeh Rohani. Boston, Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2005. 


Veteran Data & Information
From the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Benefits and Services
From the 2008 Green Book.
What VA Social Workers Do
Bringing It All Back Home: Social Work and the Challenge of Returning Veterans,"
Darrell P. Wheeler and Martha Bragin. Health & Social Work 32(4), November 2007, pp.297-300. Restricted Access

The Mentally Ill

"History of Mental Health Services,"
IN Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, Md., National Institute of Mental Health, 1999. Chapter 2, pp. 75; 78-80.
"The Transformation of the Mental Hospital in the United States,"
Gerald N. Grob. American Behavioral Scientist 28(5), May/June 1985, 639-654.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.
Understanding Social Work Practice in Mental Health
Vicki Coppock and Bob Dunn. London, SAGE, 2010. 

The Mentally Disabled

"A Short History of the Treatment of Persons With Mental Retardation,"
David Goode IN "And Now Let's Build a Better World": The Story of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, New York City 1948-1998. New York, AHRC, 1998. Chapter 1, pp.6-17.

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