Technology in Social Work


Research Social welfare research is an essential part of effective social work practice. Here, you will find resources related to the use of technology in social research as well as information on empirical research articles related to technology and social work and social welfare.

A Scholarly Literature Review Article Examining Ways That Virtual Worlds Can Be Effectively Used to Promote Creativity in Teams

Abstract: This article addresses the potential of virtual worlds as a platform for creative team collaboration. The proliferation of geographically distributed teams, striving towards innovative...

A Scholarly Review Article Examining Data on the Use of Virtual Worlds as a Platform for Conducting Healthcare-Related Support Groups

With the advent of social media technologies, debate continues to swirl around the ability of these technologies to either connect or isolate. Healthcare support communities represent an especially...

Adolescents Sending Text Messages Containing Adult Material

A PDF file of a research report from the Pew Research Council's Internet & American Life Project. It reports both quantitative and qualitative data on adolescents and sending phone text messages that...

Children's Use of the Internet and Its Implications for Social Work Practice

This podcast interview from the PodSocs podcast series explores research and issues related to children's use of the internet. It also discusses the implications of this research for social work...

How Forms of Internet Usage Affect Brain Functioning

This abstract provides an overview of an empirical study on the effects that internet searches have on brain activity in older individuals. The study compares different groups based on their level of...

How People Respond Physiologically to Using Facebook

This abstract provides a brief overview of a study that found that using the social media site Facebook produces physiological responses that suggest it is a pleasurable experience.

Impact of Technology on the Lives of American Teens

This slideshow from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life examines data on teen technology use and explores some of its implications for practice.

Online Representations Express People's Personalities

This article from NPR discusses research that examined how online avatars reflect their creators' personalities, even when the avatars are not designed to physically look like their creators. The...

Roles That Communication Technology Can Play in Social Work

This PubMed article contains the full text of a peer-reviewed research article about the contributions that advancements in information and communication can play in social work. It provides an...

Social Networking Both Online and Offline and Its Importance to Social Work Practice

In this podcast, social worker Jonathan Singer interviews Dr. Lambert Maguire about social networking and its applications to both research and social work practice. The discussion examines social...

Texting Adult Material and Its Implications for Social Work

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Poco Kernsmith, PhD, and Roger Kernsmith, PhD, explore the prevalence of sexting and discuss an appropriate and balanced approach...

The Role of Technology in the Lives of Adolescents

This abstract provides a summary on a talk given on the roles that technology plays in shaping the "drama" that teens may often engage in, as well as the significance that the "drama" plays in their...

The Ways That Technology Is Changing How People Think About Traditional Population Categories

In this TED talk, media maven Johanna Blakley shares data on how social media and online networking tools allow individuals to break out of traditional demographic categories and connect in ways that...

Using Text Messaging Can Lead to Greater Truthfulness in Answering Sensitive Questions

This research article, brought by Science Daily from the University at Michigan, suggests that utilizing text messaging technology facilitates truthfulness in answering sensitive questions. It...

'Video Game Addiction' as a Clinical Diagnosis

This article from ScienceDaily and the American Psychiatric Association looks at the idea of 'video game addiction' as a clinical diagnosis.

Ways That Cities Are Using Technology to Promote Public Health

This website discusses ways that the Chicago Department of Public Health is using data to drive effective decision making.


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