"Behavioral Methods in Social Welfare" offers positive proof that behaviorism has come of age in social work. Steven Paul Schinke and the contributors to this volume are social work practitioners who document their attempts to extend the basic tenets of behavioral psychology from the laboratory, clinic, and classroom to the full range of client groups and social problems that make up the practice of social work. In social work education, traditionally to the extent it appeared in the curriculum at all, behavioral content appeared in electives or in courses not focused on practice. It is a true measure of progress that behavioral methods are now visible, integral component of social work education and practice.The authors of each piece in this collection indicate progress in developing an empirically based approach to social work practice. Despite the impressive documentation contained in the present volume, no conclusive evidence as to the effectiveness of behavioral methods exists. What behavioral methods do offer, however, is a systematic format for both problem intervention and evaluation that, over time, should produce a more empirically based practice. A promising sign, well documented in the present effort, is the facility with which this book has subjected practice procedures to the rigor of research and evaluation.This blending of clinical practice and research develops the sense of competence that student-practitioners acquire in understanding and controlling both the art and science of their clinical practice. Steven Schinke and his colleagues offer a series of "snapshots" of important work in process. Their collective portrait provides a fresh perspective and new stimulus for all social work practice, as well as an affirmation that disciplined, responsive, and sensitive social work intervention can make a difference in the lives of people.

part 1|129 pages

Methods for Children and Families

chapter 1|26 pages

Groups for Anti-Social Children

ByJohn S. Wodarski

chapter 2|12 pages

Parents as Agents for Behavior Change

ByElsie M. Pinkston, Benjamin S. Friedman, Richard A. Polster

chapter 3|20 pages

Reaching Underachievers

ByRichard Polster, Mary Ann Lynch, Elsie M. Pinkston

chapter 4|20 pages

Social Competence in Adolescence

ByLewayne D. Gilchrist

chapter 5|16 pages

Contracts in Foster Care

ByTheodore J. Stein, Eileen D. Gambrill

chapter 6|10 pages

Crisis Intervention with Youths

ByEdmund T. Dimock

chapter 7|23 pages

Treatment of Child Abuse

ByRobert F. Schilling

part 2|122 pages

Behavioral Methods With Adults

chapter 8|22 pages

Women and Self-Criticism

BySharon B. Berlin

chapter 9|16 pages

Assertiveness Training for Women

ByCheryl A. Richey

chapter 10|18 pages

Sexual Dysfunctions and Cognitions

ByWayne D. Duehn, Nazneen Sada Mayadas

chapter 11|18 pages

Control of Addictions

ByBetty J. Blythe

chapter 12|14 pages

Helping Mentally Retarded Persons Get Jobs

ByRichard M. Grinnell, Alice Lieberman

chapter 13|30 pages

Social Interactions in Nursing Homes

ByRaymond M. Berger

part 3|80 pages

Professional Competence and Accountability

chapter 14|12 pages

Developing Skills for the Interview

ByJeffrey L. Edleson, Sheldon D. Rose

chapter 15|18 pages

Preparing for Marital Counseling in Nontraditional Settings

ByStanley Witkin

chapter 16|16 pages

Behavioral Methods In Primary Health Care

ByWilliam H. Butterfield, Judith Werking

chapter 17|12 pages

Individual Case Evaluation

BySteven Paul Schinke

chapter 18|18 pages

Evaluation At The Community-Program Level

ByRichard L. Gorsuch