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Encyclopedias: Social Work

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Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare [Rutgers Restricted]
Organized by major foundational areas within the social work curriculum (the profession, human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, and social policy and policy practice), each volume includes essays related to all aspects of social work to guide practice and policy decision-making across the field. Electronic version of the 4 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Aging [Rutgers Restricted]
"Articles cover topics such as biology, medicine, economics, law, psychology, sociology, and history as they relate to aging." Electronic version of the 4 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers topics such as: adolescent, adult, child, and infant development; ads training and education; culture and diversity; developmental assessment, disorders, processes, and risks; the ecology of human development; emotional, social, and personality development; ethics; families and parenting; health; historical influences; organizations, schools and universities; religiosity and spirituality; research methodology; social issues; and more.

Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders [Rutgers Restricted]
"Approximately 1,500 entries divided by the major conceptual areas of ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and PDDs (Pervasive Developmental Disorders), including: Research trends and findings, Behavior/speech, Communication, Treatments, and Education."

Encyclopedia of Crisis Management [Rutgers Restricted]
"Overviews concepts and techniques for effectively assessing, analyzing, managing, and resolving crises, whether they be organizational, business, community, or political. From general theories and concepts exploring the meaning and causes of crisis to practical strategies and techniques relevant to crises of specific types, crisis management is thoroughly explored."

Encyclopedia of Disability [Rutgers Restricted]
A multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, and historically grounded resource tool that guides the reader across fields, theories, debates, and practices. An electronic version of the 5 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse [Rutgers Restricted]
Although this volume is focused on domestic abuse, entries cover topics relevant to broader human rights issues that disproportionately impact women.

Encyclopedia of Family Health [Rutgers Restricted]
"Approximately 350 signed articles written by experts from such varied fields as health and nursing, social and behavioral sciences, and policy provide authoritative, cross-disciplinary coverage." "Provides a comprehensive summary of theory, research, practice, and policy on family health and wellness promotion for students and researchers."

Encyclopedia of Gerontology [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers subjects relating to all aspects of age, aging and the aged.

Encyclopedia of Geropsychology [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "key areas of geropsychology such as perception, cognition, clinical, organizational, health, social, experimental and neuropsychology. In addition to that, the encyclopedia covers related disciplines such as neuroscience, social science, population health, public policy issues pertaining to retirement, epidemiology and demography and medicine."

Encyclopedia of Health and Aging [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within the health-care system. This Encyclopedia also focuses heavily on geriatrics with respect to geriatric syndromes and common diseases of aging." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Homelessness [Rutgers Restricted]
"Focuses on the current situation in the United States with a comparative sampling of homelessness around the world." Coverage includes causes, lifestyle issues, health issues and services, history, legal issues and advocacy, government policies and programs, organizations, research approaches, service systems and settings, size and characteristics of the homeless population, public perceptions of homelessness, and world issues and perspectives. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Human Development [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes information from the "fields of psychology, individual and family studies, and education." An electronic version of the 3 volume print resource, the set "covers topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, personality development, prenatal development, temperament, and more."

Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity [Rutgers Restricted]
The key themes covered include "Children and Youth Services; Community Development; Cultural Competence in Human Services; Culture-Specific Services; Family Services; Hospitals, Health Care, and Cultural Competence; International Cultural Competence; Legislation and Regulations; Mental and Behavioral Health Services; Organizations, Programs, Government Agencies and Departments; Race and Ethnicity; Regional Cultural Competence; Socioeconomic Status and Cultural Competence." The text also provides "related articles within broad, thematic areas, such as aging, community mental health, family and child services, substance abuse, etc."

Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides information "about different forms of interpersonal violence, their incidence and prevalence, theoretical explanations, public policy initiatives, and prevention and intervention strategies." Electronic version of the two volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making [Rutgers Restricted]
Discusses very general issues that span many aspects of MDM, including bioethics; health policy and economics; disaster simulation modeling; medical informatics; the psychology of decision making; shared and team medical decision making; social, moral, and religious factors; end-of-life decision making; assessing patient preference and patient adherence; and more

Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse [Rutgers Restricted]
An online version of the print Sexual Violence and Abuse: an Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery, this encyclopedia covers "a wide range of topics ranging from understanding how sexual violence and abuse is defined to how it affects victims, perpetrators, and communities. The encyclopedia also includes information on how to become involved as well as further references (books and articles) and websites for additional information."

Encyclopedia of Social Problems [Rutgers Restricted]
Authors from the fields of "anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, communications, criminal justice, demography, economics, education, environmental studies, geography, health, history, languages, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and women’s studies" provide an interdisciplinary look at "the major theories, approaches, and contemporary issues in social problems and also provide insight into how social conditions get defined as social problems, and the ways different people and organizations view and try to solve them." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides readers with basic information about the history of social welfare in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Coverage is broad and interdisciplinary "including the fields of anthropology, health sciences, history, political science, social work, and sociology."

Encyclopedia of Social Work [Rutgers Restricted]
A continuously updated online version of the encyclopedia featuring articles on key topics in social work and related areas. Also includes more than "200 succinct biographies of key figures in social work history."

Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed.) [Rutgers Restricted]
Scholarly essays on social work research, history, and practice are provided. 20th edition, 2009.

Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes entries that describe the extraordinary complexity, diversity and particular usefulness of social group work theory, practice, and research within historical, philosophical, and societal contexts.

Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers contemporary and historical issue in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field that would be of interest to those in prevention, treatment, or recovery studies or practice.

Encyclopedia of World Poverty [Rutgers Restricted]
Entries contributing to this work explore poverty in various regions of the world, and examine the difficulties associated with the definition and measurement of poverty, along with its causes and effects. Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Poverty in America: An Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the entire history of American poverty from all angles--historical, social, cultural, political, spiritual, and literary."