Saturday, April 4, 2009

"Out" Marriage Among Gay Jews

The article linked below discusses the romantic partnerships of gay jews. Its specific focus is on how often they are going outside of their faith to find a mate. Again, an interesting and out of the ordinary topic . . . yet again, I want you to focus on the methodology. Did you understand how the researchers used both qualitative and quantitative research? What were the strengths and limitations of the use of mixed methods in this particular study.

Pregnancy Termination in Bangledesh

The link below references a mixed method article in which the researchers investigated pregnancy termination in Bangledesh. The subject matter is pretty interesting here, but I'm more concerned with you examining the methodology. Do the researcher's present the qualitative and quantitative pieces of the article equally. How does the qualitative piece enhance the quantitative information and vice versa. "Having another baby would be a life or death situation for her".

Friday, April 3, 2009

Megan Joy's Brother vs. Kara: War of the Words.

US weekly has published a brief story about the "interaction" between Kara DioGuardi and Megan Joy's brother. If you recall, during the show, Kara was critiquing Megan Joy and someone from the audience called her a "broken record". The story addresses the aftermath . . . Check it out. Thanks Idol News from the Twitter!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Training School Counselors to Work with LGBT Youth

The article linked below investigates the training that is provided to budding school counselors that will assist them in working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Youth. Practice your article critiquing skills on this one. Let me know what you think. Click the link to read the article, and remember that you may be asked to provide your UA log in information.

Eating Disorders in Graduate Students

I found an article that I thought might be of interest to you guys. The link below will provide you with an article that investigated the soical and emotional funtioning of a group of 20-25 year old graduate students and how it relates to behaviors typically associated with eating disorders.

To see the article, you will have to click the link and then you may be asked to enter your UA information (Library LogIn). Let me know if you have viewing difficulties.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Today we spoke a bit about the fine art of sampling. Some of the terms are easily recognizable while others are a little harder to recognize and understand. Therefore, I am attaching the link for a website that does a very good job of simplifying the process of sampling in research. Click the link to check out the site.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Tuskegee Incident

The Tuskegee Incident changed the face of research. Institutional Review Boards were estabished based on the terribly unethical results of this "study". The four links below provide several different websites that address this terrible incident. Click below and comment.

The Tuskegee Incident 1
The Tuskegee Incident 2
The Tuskegee Incident 3
The Tuskegee Incident 4

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Depression in Nursing Home Residents

Do you think your life is empty? This is the single question the researchers in this article use to examine depression in a sample of "care home residents with a high prevalence of dementia". The article is presented in a brief form. I would like you to examine the methods section and see if you can figure out how they conducted the study based on the information provided. Further, after reading the article, I would like you to discuss the use of the question "Do you think your life is empty" as a predictor of depression. Click the link to read the article.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Compliance Therapy with Psychotic Patients

I found an article from the UK that discuses the uses of compliance therapy with psychotic patients. It's an interesting article with some relevance to social work practice. However, what I want you to do is try your hands at a little criticial analysis. Read the article but specifically focus on the methods section. Look for terms that you recognize from our class discussions. I want you to comment on the article with a specific focus on the methodology used by the researchers. I'm interested to see your comments.

Compliance Therapy with Psychotic Patients

Saturday, January 31, 2009

COPESing With Research

Today in class, we discussed COPES questions. These questions are used by clinicians who are involved in research. Since this lecture was somewhat central to this entire class, I thought it might be helpful to have some additional information. Below is a link relating to COPES questions. It provides a grid that may assist you when trying to develop your own COPES questions.

Explore the exciting world of COPES questions.

Friday, January 23, 2009

NASW Code of Ethics

Our profession is governed by a Code of Ethics. The National Association of Social Workers provides us a set of rules, a code of ethics, that guides our professional practice. Please review the code of ethcis and create posts that explain how you think these guidelines apply to social work research.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Welcome to Research Methods for Social Work Practice! Try and contain your excitement :)
In all seriousness, research and social work practice are not as far apart as you might think. In fact, most of you have engaged in research . . . you just may not have understood that was what you were doing. During this class, we will assist you in applying the appropriate research terms for the everyday activities in which you most likely already engage. To start this discussion, I am posting a link to the NASW website. This page will outline the use of Evidence Based Practice in Social Work. Check out the link and comment about the use of evidence based practice in the world of social work.