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Bartlett, Harriett M.  

Beatrice N. Saunders

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Jun 2013
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Harriett M. Bartlett (1897–1987) was a social worker and theoretician who served as president of the American Association of Medical Social Workers from 1942 to 1944. She highlighted social ... More

Barton, Clarissa (Clara) Harlowe  

Jean K. Quam

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Jun 2013
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Clarissa (Clara) Harlowe Barton (1821–1912) was the founder of the American Red Cross and its president from 1881 to 1904. She introduced the “American Amendment,” ensuring that the Red ... More

Battle, Marcus “Mark” Garvey  

Sadye L. M. Logan

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Jul 2020
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As chief executive director of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Battle demonstrated a pioneering leadership that stimulated the organization and the social work profession ... More

Bechill, William D.  

Paul H. Ephross

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Jun 2013
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William D. Bechill (1928–2007) was a social worker who raised public and governmental consciousness about the needs of older Americans. He was responsible for the original design of the ... More

Beck, Bertram  

Kenneth S. Carpenter

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Jun 2013
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Bertram Beck (1918–2000) was a social worker who contributed to juvenile delinquency prevention and held many leadership positions in social work organizations. At Fordham University he was ... More

Beers, Clifford Whittingham  

Jean K. Quam

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Jun 2013
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Clifford Whittingham Beers (1876–1943) helped establish the American Foundation for Mental Hygiene and the International Foundation for Mental Hygiene. His work helped broaden knowledge of ... More

Behavioral Theory  

Beth Angell

Behavioral theory seeks to explain human behavior by analyzing the antecedents and consequences present in the individual's environment and the learned associations he or she has acquired ... More

Bereavement Practice  

Mary Sormanti

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Jun 2013
Bereavement, which is the circumstance of having experienced the death of a significant other, is associated with significant emotional, cognitive, spiritual, physical, and social ... More

Berg, Insoo Kim  

Teri Pichot

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Sep 2014
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Insoo Kim Berg, MSW (1934–2007), along with her husband, Steve de Shazer, was a primary developer of solution-focused brief therapy. She was a prolific author as well as a gifted clinician ... More

Berry, Margaret  

Kenneth S. Carpenter

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Jun 2013
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Margaret Berry (1915–2002) was Executive Director of the National Conference on Social Welfare from 1972 to 1979. She was actively involved in developing group work activities on an ... More

Best Practices  

Edward J. Mullen, Jennifer L. Bellamy, and Sarah E. Bledsoe

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Jun 2013
This entry describes best practices as these are used in social work. The term best practices originated in the organizational management literature in the context of performance ... More

Bethune, Mary McLeod  

Wilma Peebles-Wilkins

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Jun 2013
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Mary McLeod Bethune (1875–1955) was a teacher committed to the education and development of Black women. Her role as president of the National Association of Colored Women led to the ... More

Beveridge, Lord William  

James Midgley

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Jun 2013
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Lord William Beveridge (1879–1963) was one of the founders of the British welfare state. His report of 1942 formed the basis for the Labour Government's social policies between 1945 and ... More

Bioethics  

Larry W. Foster

Bioethics and biomedical ethics are defined. Common bioethical concepts, exemplary moral values, fundamental ethical principles, general ethical theories, and approaches to moral reasoning ... More

Bisexuality  

Laura S. Abrams

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Jun 2013
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Gender and Sexuality, Human Behavior
This entry explores past and present social-scientific lenses concerning bisexuality. The author traces the rise of a bisexual movement in the 1970s to present times. The entry concludes by ... More

Blackey, Eileen  

Margaret Daniel

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Jun 2013
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Eileen Blackey (1902–1979) was a social worker and consultant who helped establish schools of social work in Hawaii and at Hebrew University in Israel. She was Dean of the School of Social ... More

Blindness and Visual Impairment  

Adrienne Asch and Nancy R. Mudrick

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Jun 2013
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Aging and Older Adults, Disabilities
Significant visual impairment affects ~8 million Americans, 1.8 million of whom are blind and must find nonvisual methods of performing life roles. Social workers should not assume that ... More

Bogardus, Emory  

Frances Feldman and Haluk Soydan

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Jun 2013
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Emory Bogardus (1882–1973) established the first Sociology Department in the West in 1915. His study on “social distance” is still used to examine cultural, ethnic, and religious attitudes. ... More

Borderline Personality Disorder  

Gloria Hegge

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Mar 2017
The historical development of the borderline concept is traced up through the development of the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Treatments for BPD during the 1970s and ... More

Böszörményi-Nagy, Ivan  

Carole Zugazaga

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Jul 2013
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Ivan Böszörményi-Nagy (1920–2007) was a Hungarian-American psychiatrist and one of the founders of the field of family therapy. He emigrated from Hungary to the United States in 1950.

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