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Affordable Care Act  

Stephen H. Gorin, Julie S. Darnell, and Heidi L. Allen

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Dec 2014
This entry describes the development and key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which instituted a major overhaul of the U.S. health system, much of which ... More

Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigrants in the United States  

Miriam Potocky

This entry presents introductory information on asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants in the United States, including distinctions among them, major regions of origin, demographic and ... More

Capacity Development and Building  

DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga

As a profession, social workers must understand and work well within the realms of capacity development. This understanding is important because it provides a foundation for working at the ... More

Chaos Theory and Complexity Theory  

Keith Warren

Chaos theory and complexity theory, collectively known as nonlinear dynamics or dynamical systems theory, provide a mathematical framework for thinking about change over time. Chaos theory ... More

Child Labor  

Usha Nayar, Priya Nayar, and Nidhi Mishra

The paper presents a global scenario of child labor by placing the issue in a historical context as well as comparing current work in the field. It specifically explains the psychosocial, ... More

Citizen Participation  

Donna Hardina

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Jun 2013
Citizen participation is a process through which people served by government and nonprofit organizations can provide input about how these services are offered. Citizen participation is ... More

Collaborative Practice  

Hal A. Lawson

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Jun 2013
Social workers are uniquely prepared to provide leadership for collaborative practice, especially when they employ intervention logic. Intervention-driven collaboration develops ... More

Community: Overview  

Calvin L. Streeter

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Jun 2013
One of the hallmarks of social work is its recognition that people grow and mature in a social context. Communities are one of the many social systems that touch people's lives and shape ... More

Community: Practice Interventions  

Dorothy N. Gamble and Marie Weil

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Jun 2013
Major social changes resulting from globalization, the increase in multicultural societies, and growing concerns for human rights, especially for women and girls, will affect all community ... More

Community-Based Participatory Research  

Sung Sil L. Sohng

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Jun 2013
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) embraces a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all ... More

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