Empirically Based Interventions Targeting Social Problems

  • John S. Wodarski
  • Laura M. Hopson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. M. Sebrena Jackson, Peter Lyons
    Pages 19-45
  3. Catherine N. Dulmus, John S. Wodarski, Fan Yang
    Pages 47-64
  4. Lisa A. Rapp, John S. Wodarski
    Pages 65-86
  5. John S. Wodarski
    Pages 87-107
  6. Charles W. Mueller, Robert Bidwell, Scott Okamoto, Eberhard Mann, Sarah V. Curtis
    Pages 109-125
  7. Lisa A. Rapp, John S. Wodarski
    Pages 137-165
  8. Shanae Shaw, Namkee Choi
    Pages 167-196
  9. Anna Celeste Burke
    Pages 197-226
  10. M. E. Betsy Garrison, Sarah V. Curtis
    Pages 227-245
  11. Nancy P. Kropf, Sherry Cummings
    Pages 247-270
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 289-296

About this book


This unique volume demonstrates the effectiveness of applying an evidence-based practice process to the solution of selected social problems. It focuses on social work interventions addressing family, community, and societal factors. Research indicates that reinforcement for positive behavior at the group, organizational, and community levels, as opposed to interventions focusing on the individual, are more likely to result in meaningful improvement in well-being. Chapters address issues such as child maltreatment, educationally disadvantaged children, violence in schools, adolescent sexuality, substance abuse, crime, urban decline and homelessness, unemployment, marital conflict, and chronic medical problems.

Empirically Based Interventions Targeting Social Problems is a relevant resource for practitioners and counseling professionals whose work involves interventions with children and families as well as communities. It also is a useful text for graduate students in social work as well as students preparing for other helping professions including psychology, sociology, marital and family counseling, and child development.


Eco-systems perspectives Intervention Evidence-based practice Violence in schools Educationally disadvantaged children Adolescent sexuality Substance abuse Homelessness Unemployment Marital conflict Hospice care Chronic grief

Editors and affiliations

  • John S. Wodarski
    • 1
  • Laura M. Hopson
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Social WorkUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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