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Science and Pseudoscience in Social Work Practice

Science and Pseudoscience in Social Work Practice

by Bruce A. Thyer and Monica G. Pignotti
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Publication Date: 30/05/2015
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While many psychosocial interventions used in social work practice have strong research evidence supporting their efficacy, a surprising number do not, potentially resulting in harmful outcomes. In this book, the authors cast a critical eye on the reality of commonly used scientific and pseudoscientific practices in social work today. Stressing the need for separating research-based practices from those not supported by adequate levels of evidence, they examine the scientific and pseudoscientific bases for popular social work interventions used in a variety of treatment settings.

The text describes the history and characteristics of pseudoscience, along with the misuse of legitimate research. It examines pseudoscience practices in clinical assessment; working with children, adolescents, and adults; treating individuals with developmental difficulties; and how social work education training can and should discourage pseudoscience.

The concluding chapter describes pathways through which social work practice can become more firmly grounded in contemporary scientific research. With the aim of promoting critical thinking among social work students and practitioners regarding the research behind popular interventions, this engaging book will be of value for courses in critical thinking and EBP and useful for all social work students and practitioners.

Key Features:

Promotes critical thinking regarding the evidence-based research-or lack thereof-behind a variety of social work interventions
Written by renowned social work educators
Addresses the history and characteristics of pseudoscience
Examines pseudoscience practices in assessment and work with children, adolescents, adults, and individuals with developmental difficulties
Presented in a clear and engaging style
ISBN:
9780826177681
9780826177681
Category:
Social welfare & social services
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
30-05-2015
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Co Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x18mm
Weight:
0.44kg

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