Title

Status report for the field of social work: a content analysis of its racial/ethnic/cultural-focused research

Keywords

ethnic minorities, content analysis, social work research, cultural competency, status report

Abstract

This study analyzes scholarly articles in four broad-audience social work journals, examining racial/ethnic/cultural-focused studies published in the discipline. Growth in quality and quantity of research is demonstrated, although there is room for improvement in terms of several topics (e.g., multicultural competence). African American and Latinx groups were most-often studied, with much more limited attention to Asian Americans and Native Americans. The focused articles were funded at a higher rate (48.4%) than the non-focused articles (25%); however, the topics funded were not necessarily representative of minority population needs. Unfortunately, no single minority group saw a significant increase across time and, as such, additional efforts are certainly warranted.

Original Publication Citation

*Smithee, L. C., Bean, R. A., Limb, G. E., and Holmes, E. K. (2020). Status report for the field of social work: A content analysis of its racial/ethnic/cultural-focused research. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2020-02-22

Publisher

Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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