(Answered) SOCW 6301 Week 1 Assignment: Peer Reviewed Social Work Journals

Reflect on the importance of using articles from peer-reviewed journals compared to information from the Internet. Ask yourself who evaluates the accuracy of information that you might obtain websites like Wikipedia and what form of accountability there is to ensuring that information is up-to-date, reliable, and valid.

Review the Final Assignment: Article Review and Critique in Week 10 for this class. Note that you will have to locate an empirical research article from a peer-reviewed journal. Begin to search for an article. Practice navigating the databases in the library by searching topics of interest. (Note: At this point, you do not need to identify the actual empirical research article. The goal of this assignment is to begin getting comfortable navigating the databases in the library).

For this Assignment, complete the following:

  • Identify a list of 10 peer reviewed social work journals from the library that you might find helpful relative to your social work practice interests.
  • In a 100-150 word paragraph, discuss why using research studies from peer reviewed journals is important to the development of knowledge in social work. For example, discuss the advantages of having articles reviewed by other scholars and researchers. Then using a case illustration, describe how articles from peer-reviewed journals can help to inform your social work practice decisions with clients, communities, agencies, and/or social work policies.


Peer Reviewed Social Work Journals

Just like any other scientific field, social work requires evidence-based research to build, grow and advance social-work knowledge and skills in order to be able to solve practical problems that may present in social work practice as well as social policy (Grady et al., 2018). This is mainly achieved through reviewing the current existing evidence literature. This paper presents ten peer-reviewed articles related to social work and discusses the importance of using peer-reviewed research studies for knowledge development in social work.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

The first study is a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) by Mejia, Calam, and Sanders (2015) which was aimed at determine the effectiveness of a brief parenting intervention in a low-income setting in the city of Panama. The study used 108 parents ((randomized to intervention group (dealing with disobedience) and control group (no intervention)) of 3-12 years old children with a certain level of parent-rated behavioral challenges. Blinded assessments were conducted at baseline, at 2 weeks and at 6 months. The effects of the intervention were moderate at post-intervention and at three-month follow-up, and significantly large and 6-month follow-up. The intervention group parents reported reduction in behavioral difficulties, parental stress, and utilization of dysfunctional parental practices.

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