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Life Span: Childhood/School Age  

Heather Larkin

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Jun 2013
School age children are negotiating numerous developmental tasks across distinct lines of development. Social workers recognize that this development is taking place within the context of ... More

Life Span: Development and Infancy (Birth to Age Three)  

Cathleen A. Lewandowski

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Jun 2013
Infancy and young childhood are characterized by rapid cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Each year is marked by specific developmental tasks. Infants need positive parenting, ... More

Life Span: Early Childhood and Preschool  

Donna Harrington and Karen Castellanos-Brown

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This article focuses on the early childhood years, from 2 to 5 years of age. There are over 12 million children in this age range in the United States, many of whom face a number of ... More

Life Span: Overview  

Lani V. Jones

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This entry provides an overview of the life-span perspective focusing on biological developments and social tasks all of which are embedded in a larger sociocultural context from birth to ... More

Life Span: Parenting  

Daphne S. Cain and Terri Combs-Orme

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Jun 2013
Parenting is a key part of social-work practice and research, particularly in the child welfare arena. Despite significant research and theory in other disciplines about the importance of ... More

Life Span: Young Adulthood  

David B. Miller and Sean Joe

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
The development period between the ages of 18–25 is called emerging adulthood. Emerging adulthood is characterized by transitions through developmental milestones that facilitate an ... More

Maternal and Child Health  

Valire Carr Copeland and Daniel Hyung Jik Lee

Social reform efforts of the settlement-house movement have provided, in part, the foundation for today’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s policies, programs, and services. Planning, ... More

Mental Illness: Children  

Marlys Staudt

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
The primary focus of the entry is service utilization. As background, the risks for and prevalence of childhood mental disorders are summarized. Then, the current children's mental health ... More

Mindfulness-Based Therapy  

Edward R. Canda and Sherry Warren

This entry provides an introduction to mindfulness as a therapeutic practice applied within social work, including in mental health and health settings. It describes and critiques ... More

Oral History and Social Work  

Arlene Bowers Andrews

This article reviews basic skills for conducting and using oral histories, summarizes ethical issues, presents examples relevant to social work, and suggests useful resources. For social ... More

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