Dispatches from the Field is a recurring feature at Innovate@BCSW designed to showcase the school’s commitment to fostering, through field education, fruitful relationships with organizations, both in Boston and around the world, that are providing critical services to those living at the margins of society.
This month, Oxford University Press released Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, a scholarly review of the national initiative from the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). The book is co-edited by Boston College School of Social Work Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor James Lubben and features the perspectives and research findings of eight BCSSW faculty and staff members.
Thanh Tran published his paper “ Social factors of depression among Cuban and Indochinese American adolescents ” in the International Journal of Culture and Mental Health . Tran’s research shows that discrimination, poor family economic situation, sex, and age were risk factors of depression for these immigrants to the United States.
Jim Lubben had two papers published this month. The first, in Public Policy & Aging Report , provides an overview of the research showing that social isolation can be a potent killer. The second, published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology , is a validation of a Spanish translation of Lubben's Social Network Scale, a tool used to measure social ties in Mexican and Mexican-American older adults.
Margaret Lombe has been invited to be a member of “The Global Network on the Right to Food, Peace, and Democracy.” This initiative is organized by the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) and the University of Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy.