Contemporary Studies of the Effectiveness of Social Work

Geraldine Macdonald, B. Sheldon

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This article is based upon an analysis of 95 experimental, quasi-experimental, preexperimental and client-opinion studies of the effectiveness of social work. Three-quarters of these screened studies show positive results within their different methodological conventions. An examination is made of which methods and patterns of helping are correlated with positive outcomes and the implications for practice, training, and management explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-643
Number of pages29
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume22 (6)
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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