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Gyorgy Konrad, Writer and Dissident in Communist Hungary, Dies at 86

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Mr. Konrad, known internationally for books like his novel “The Case Worker,” advocated individual liberty and played a prominent role after Communist rule ended.


Immanuel Wallerstein, Sociologist With Global View, Dies at 88

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His doctrine of the world-system, an influential theory in the field, went beyond tribes, nations and ethnic groups.


Training Second-Year MSW Students to Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competence

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Research on Social Work Practice, Ahead of Print.
Purpose:Cultural competency is a critical construct in social work education. This study investigated whether a grant-funded training program completed in tandem with second-year field placement and second-year Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum could improve the cultural competence of MSW students.Method:Ninety-nine trainees completed the program over the 3-year grant period funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Cultural and linguistic competence was measured at the beginning and end of the training program for each cohort using a preexperimental design.Results:Findings suggest that MSW students saw improvement in their communication, values, and attitudes with respect to cultural and linguistic competence. Trainees did not report improvement on the Physical Environment subscale portion of the measure.Discussion:Results suggest that training can improve knowledge, values, and skills on cultural and linguistic competence. However, trainees may not have adequate authority to make an impact on the environment of their field placements.


Think Your Aging Parents Are Stubborn? Blame ‘Mismatched Goals’

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Researchers are learning more about the causes of what may seem intransigent behavior. There’s no easy fix.


Short-Term Psychological Interventions on Economically Disadvantaged Families: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Research on Social Work Practice, Ahead of Print.
Purpose:To examine the effects of short-term psychological interventions on reducing family stress of economically disadvantaged families.Method:Systematic review and meta-analytic procedures were used to synthesize the results of randomized controlled studies published between 1980 and 2018.Results:The search yielded 8 studies that included results for 1,538 families in total. The risk of bias varied across studies. The meta-analysis results suggest a small positive effect (g = .38, p < .001) on child behavioral problems. Heterogeneity was relatively high and significant. We also found small to moderate effects on parenting stress, parental depression, and parenting quality (g ranging from .30 to .51).Discussion:The findings of this review suggest that short-term psychological interventions may reduce the family stress of economically disadvantaged families, with effect sizes that are comparable to those of interventions delivered to ordinary families. Implications for further research and practice are discussed.