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Financial Social Work  

Reeta Wolfsohn and Dorlee Michaeli

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Feb 2014
Financial well-being is an individual responsibility in twenty-first century America, even though research reveals a serious inability for many Americans to attain it. Social workers have ... More

HIV/AIDS and People of Color  

Michele Rountree and Courtney McElhaney Peebles

Communities of color are disproportionately burdened by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Research has shown that race and ethnicity in the United States are population characteristics that ... More

Homelessness  

Yin-Ling Irene Wong

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This entry provides an overview of contemporary homelessness as a major social problem in the United States, focusing on the definition of homelessness and its prevalence, as well as on ... More

Human Needs: Family  

Ruth Paris and Ellen R. DeVoe

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
In this entry we address the primary purpose of family in supporting the growth and development of individual members throughout the life course. Life cycle and attachment theories inform ... More

Human Needs: Health  

Toba Schwaber Kerson

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Jun 2013
Health is a need, a basic requirement for life. Needs can become rights when bodies of people, usually governments or organizations such as the World Health Organization sanction them. ... More

Human Needs: Religion and Spirituality  

Edward R. Canda

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Jun 2013
This entry provides a brief introduction to social work's approach to spirituality and religion, focusing on definitions, history, current practices, ethical and human-diversity issues, ... More

Human Needs: Work and Employment  

Susan J. Lambert

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This entry traces the development of both theory and empirical knowledge on the relationship between work and mental and physical health. Intrinsic job characteristics continue to shape ... More

Human Sexuality  

Laina Y. Bay-Cheng

This entry defines sexuality and identifies dominant explanatory models. In doing so, the entry outlines the central debate regarding the relative contributions of biology and social ... More

Human–Other Animal Bond  

Christina Risley-Curtiss

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Jun 2013
A growing body of research attests to the negative and positive relationships that humans have with other animals. Operating from the profession's ecological perspective, which requires ... More

Human Needs: Overview  

Michael A. Dover

Human need and related concepts such as basic needs have long been part of the implicit conceptual foundation for social work theory, practice, and research. However, while the published ... More

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