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J Evid Based Soc Work. 2010 Oct;7(5):377-86. doi: 10.1080/15433710903344066.

A content analysis of intervention research in social work doctoral dissertations.

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School of Social Work, Florida Atlantic University, 777 West Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA. ehorton2@fau.edu

Abstract

It is imperative for the social work profession that the on-going schism between researchers and practitioners commented on in the literature for the past 40 years be effectively addressed. Doctoral programs are in a unique position to affect the production of research focusing on intervention. The purpose of this study was to determine if social work doctoral programs are currently successful in encouraging their doctoral candidates to engage in intervention research. A content analysis was conducted on 252 dissertation abstracts produced by social work doctoral students in 2006. Only 13.49% of the abstracts indicated a focus on social work intervention. The researchers argue that this finding indicates a need for a paradigm shift in social work education and practice.

PMID:
21082468
DOI:
10.1080/15433710903344066
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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