Research News

DNA May Have Only Modest Impact on Sexual Assault Arrests

May 23, 2017

Most arrests in sexual assault cases occur before crime laboratory results are available, a new study found, suggesting that DNA testing may influence arrests in just a small number of cases. The paper is among the first studies to examine the impact of DNA on sexual assault arrest rates, although the researchers said the findings ... Read more

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Illinois Juvenile Detention Data Report For 2015 Released

February 15, 2017

The Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois recently completed the Illinois Juvenile Detention Data Report for 2015.   The purpose of the report is to provide key stakeholders, including IL Supreme Court Justices and Judiciary, County Boards, State’s Attorneys, Juvenile Detention Superintendents, Juvenile Justice ... Read more

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Implementing the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative

February 15, 2017

Paula S. Nurius, University of Washington Darla Spence Coffey, Council on Social Work Education Rowena Fong, University of Texas at Austin Wynne Sandra Korr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ruth McRoy, Boston College The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI) reflects the power and potential of social work to accelerate social innovations and resolve ... Read more

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Student-Perceived Quality of Motivational Interviewing Training: A Factor-Analytic Study

February 15, 2017

This study developed and tested a student-report measure of motivational interviewing (MI) teaching quality called the Evaluation of Motivational Interviewing Teaching (EMIT) scale. Douglas Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Melinda Hohman, San Diego State University Stéphanie Wahab, Portland State University Trevor Manthey, George Washington University Access the Journal of the Society for Social Work ... Read more

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Integrity House Offers New Treatment Model for Previously Incarcerated People

February 13, 2017

“Participants are motivated to be part of the study because they haven’t seen an intervention like it before,” the program director, Dr. Liliane Windsor, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says. “We use images to stimulate discussion about the impact of social determinants of health on health inequalities and community organizing strategies to foster ... Read more

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Illinois Social Work Partnership Creates Intervention Project Which Aims to Open Doors Upon Re-entry

February 13, 2017

Community Wise, a community-based research collaboration, has launched an intervention to reduce substance use in marginalized communities through a program that can be delivered for less than $250 per participant. Community Wise was created by the Newark Community Collaborative Board (NCCB), and the intervention will be supported by a four-year, $2 million grant from the ... Read more

Davis Selected for SSWR Doctoral Fellow Award

January 20, 2017

Illinois Social Work doctoral student, Jordan Davis has been chosen as 2017 recipient of the SSWR Doctoral Fellow Award. The award was presented to him at the SSWR Conference Awards Presentation on January 14th in New Orleans. Jordan Davis is a 5th year doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work. Jordan received his bachelors ... Read more

Delinquent Youths with PTSD Need Individualized Treatment, Studies Suggest

October 6, 2016

Juvenile offenders who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder are at 67 percent greater risk of entering substance abuse treatment within seven years, a new study found. “It’s quite shocking, honestly, and really speaks to the lasting impact of early childhood trauma,” said lead author Jordan Davis, a doctoral student in social work at ... Read more

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Preschoolers Form Body Images – but Parents are Unaware, Study Says

October 6, 2016

Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests. University of Illinois eating disorders and body-image expert Janet Liechty, who led the study, said young children are ... Read more

10th Annual Brieland Visiting Scholar Lecture

September 19, 2016

Join us on October 13th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Guest Lecturer: Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Associate Professor, University of Southern California The expanded availability and quality of administrative data, coupled with advances in technology, have led to renewed interest in decision aids based on statistical models. Predictive risk modeling (PRM) is one such class of tools, using ... Read more