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    Ethics in forensic social work
    (Oxford University Press, 2023) McLeod, David Axlyn; Ozturk, Burcu; Dunnells, Z.D.O.
    Forensic social workers have been involved in forensic practice for decades, and forensic social workers have different roles and responsibilities in the criminal and civil justice systems. Also, forensic social workers collaborate with various parts and professionals of the legal system throughout the legal process. While collaborating with different facets of the legal system, there could be ethical dilemmas and conflicts between social workers and other professionals. The purpose of ethics is to provide general principles of professional behavior that social workers should follow. The authors of this chapter will explain the differences between ethics and law and the differences between values and ethics. They will discuss social workers’ roles and ethical considerations and their relationship with legal professionals in the criminal justice system and forensic environments. Additionally, they provide information on how forensic social workers can develop a practice of ethical decision-making.
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    Women in forensic settings
    (Oxford University Press, 2023) McLeod, David Axlyn; Dunnells, Z.D.O.; Ozturk, Burcu
    The ways the criminal justice system interacts with women are distinctly different from men. To provide competent services to these women, forensic social workers must take explicit account of these differences. Often, women who experience crime and victimization choose not to interact with the system at all. This chapter will cover the specifics of gender inequalities and women’s experiences across multiple facets of survivorship, the differential nature by which they interact with the criminal justice system, and the social and political realities that drive these circumstances. Intersectionality and the complexities of women’s experiences will be examined and theoretical and pragmatic approaches to remedying some of these challenges provided.
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    Domestic & relational violence
    (Oxford University Press, 2023) McLeod, David Axlyn; Ozturk, Burcu
    No matter the name (domestic violence, intimate partner violence, relational violence), violence in relationships is epidemic in the United States, and social workers will be interacting with clients experiencing this. In all practice settings, and especially those directed toward it, these patterns of abuse and maltreatment in relationships are important for social workers to be able to identify and communicate about. Over the years multiple theoretical models have been used to explain the phenomenon, and this chapter will detail those as well as present social workers with a modernized conceptual model to understand and intervene in regards to physical, sexual, social, emotional, psychological, and other forms of violence in relationships.
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    COVID-19: social isolation, social support, and depression among rural older adults
    (Routledge, 2024-01) Jun, Jung Sim; Hag Lee, Kyoung; Baptist, Joyce; Yanez, Arely; Zimmermann, April
    The purpose of this mixed-method study was to better understand how social isolation and support would be associated with depression among older adults in rural areas in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 103 participants completed a Qualtrics survey. As hypothesized, the hierarchical regression findings indicated that depressive symptoms were positively associated with social isolation and were negatively associated with only social support from significant others. Five interviews were analyzed by themes including social isolation, technology use and social connectivity/support, and depression. The findings of this study provide insights and useful information for practitioners to develop effective services.
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    The impact of cyberbullying victimization on academic satisfaction among sexual minority college students: The indirect effect of flourishing
    (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), 2023-06-29) Lee, Jeoung Min; Park, Jinhee; Lee, Heekyung; Lee, Jaegoo; Mallonee, Jason
    This study examines the association between cyberbullying victimization and academic satisfaction through flourishing (psychological well-being) among 188 LGBTQ college students utilizing the lens of general strain theory and positive psychology. Results indicate that flourishing as a mediator explains the association between cyberbullying victimization and academic satisfaction among LGBTQ college students. For these students, flourishing can serve as a protective factor for their academic satisfaction. This finding highlights the need for college counselors, faculty, and administrators to foster psychological well-being among cyberbullied LGBTQ college students. Practice implications will guide the development of a campus-wide cyberbullying intervention for these students.