A Meta-Analysis of Published School Social Work Practice Studies 1980-2007

A Meta-Analysis of Published School Social Work Practice Studies 1980-2007

Authors
Franklin, C. Kim, J. S. Tripodi, S. J.
Year
2009
Journal
Research on Social Work Practice
Volume
19
Pages
667-677
Objective: This systematic review examined the effectiveness of school social work practices using meta-analytic techniques. Method: Hierarchical linear modeling software was used to calculate overall effect size estimates as well as test for between-study variability. Results: A total of 21 studies were included in the final analysis. Unconditional random effects model shows an overall weighted mean effect size estimate of .23 for externalizing problem outcomes and .40 for internalizing problem outcomes; both categories were statistically significant at the p < .05 level. Subgroup analysis for academic outcomes showed mixed results for knowledge, attendance, and grade point average outcome measures. Conclusions: Results highlight the positive impact school social workers may have on student emotional, mental, behavioral, and academic outcomes.

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Type of intervention

Preventive- and Promotive Health Interventions

Topic

Mental Health Problems and Disorders

Behavior Problems

Externalizing Behaviors / Challenging Behaviors

Anxiety Problems

Anxiety and Anxiousness

Development and Life Coping Skills

School Performance

Exclusion/Marginalization

School Refusal

Intervention

The organization of interventions

School/Preschoolbased Interventions

Age group

School Aged Children (6-12 years)

Adolescents (13-18 years)

Age not specified

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