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Social Services Abstracts

CSA Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,300+ serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Community and mental health services
    • Crisis intervention
    • The family and social welfare
    • Gerontology
    • Poverty and homelessness
    • Professional issues in social work
    • Social and health policy
    • Social services in addiction
    • Social work education
    • Social work practice
    • Support groups/networks
    • Violence, abuse, neglect
    • Welfare services
Dates of Coverage
    1979 - current
Update Frequency
    Monthly, with approximately 5,500 records added per year
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
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Sample Record
    Title Critical Review of Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Foster Care: Social Work's Contribution to Reform
    Author Lonne, Bob; Thomson, Jane
    Affiliation School Social Work & Applied Human Sciences, U Queensland
    Source Australian Social Work, 2005, 58, 1, Mar, 86-99
    ISSN 0312-407X
    Descriptors *Child Abuse; *Foster Care; *Australia; *Social Policy; *Social Services
    Abstract This paper profiles Queensland's recent Crime & Misconduct Commission Inquiry into the abuse of children in foster care. The authors welcome the outcome as an opportunity to highlight the problems encountered by child protection jurisdictions in Australia & internationally, & they applaud some of the Inquiry's findings. However, the paper argues that the path to reform is hampered by insufficient accountability by government & management, & an inadequate challenge to the ideologies underpinning contemporary child protection policy & practice. The authors conclude with a call to value & assert social work's contribution to child protection systems so as to vastly improve outcomes for children & families. 35 References. Adapted from the source document.
    Email Address
    Language English
    Publication Year 2005
    Publication Type Journal Article (aja)
    Country of Publication Australia
    Classification 6143 child & family welfare
    Update 200507
    Accession Number 200503449
Field Codes
    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code. See Field Codes and Search Examples for detailed descriptions and search examples.

    AB = Abstract LA = Language
    AF = Author Affiliation LC = Library of Congress Control Number
    AN = Accession Number NT = Notes
    AU = Author OC = Other Contributors
    CD = CODEN OT = Original Title
    CL = Classification PB = Publisher
    CP = Country of Publication PT = Publication Type
    DE = Descriptors PY = Publication Year
    EA = Email Address RL = Resource Location
    IB = ISBN SO = Source
    ID = Identifiers TI = Title
    IS = ISSN UD = Update
    JN = Journal Name

    This indicates the language(s) of the original source document. The following languages are indexed in Social Services Abstracts:
    Afrikaans Italian
    Arabic Japanese
    Bulgarian Korean
    Chinese Multilingual
    Czech Norwegian
    Danish Polish
    Dutch Portuguese
    English Romanian
    Esperanto Russian
    Finnish Serbo-Croatian with Cyrillic alphabet
    Flemish Serbo-Croatian with Roman alphabet
    French Slovak
    German Slovene
    Greek Spanish
    Hebrew Swedish
    Hungarian Turkish

    To search a particular language, you may formulate your search as follows:

    la=(Serbo-Croatian with Roman)

    Browsable Indexes
    A browsable index is an alphabetical listing of terms used in a specific field of a database. You can browse this list to see, for example, how authors' names are spelled and therefore can search all variants of the name. In CSA Social Services Abstracts, Browsable Indexes are available for the following fields:

    Journal Name
    Publication Type

    Publication Type, PT=

    The data in this field identifies the general type of document. The publication types in CSA Social Services Abstracts are as follows:

    conference paper
    journal article
    book chapter
    book review
    film review
    software review