This journal brings together research that informs the fields of global social work, social development, and social welfare policy and practice. It serves as an outlet for manuscripts and brief reports of interdisciplinary applied research which advance knowledge about global threats to the well-being of individuals, groups, families and communities. This research spans the full range of problems including global poverty, food and housing insecurity, economic development, environmental safety, social determinants of health, maternal and child health, mental health, addiction, disease and illness, gender and income inequality, human rights and social justice, access to health care and social resources, strengthening care and service delivery, trauma, crises, and responses to natural disasters, war, violence, population movements and trafficking, war and refugees, immigration/migration, human trafficking, orphans and vulnerable children.

Research that recognizes the significant link between individuals, families and communities and their external environments, as well as the interrelatedness of race, cultural, context and poverty, are particularly welcome.

  • Dedicated to applied social work research
  • Provides global scope with emphasis on developing countries
  • Addresses shared challenges of the well-being of individuals, groups, families, and communities
  • Maintains an interdisciplinary and international focus

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  • Mary McKay,
  • Fred M. Ssewamala
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39,748 (2019)
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