Journal Article

Mapping Comparative Empirical Studies of European Social Work

Steven M. Shardlow and John Walliss

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 33, issue 7, pages 921-941
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/33.7.921
Mapping Comparative Empirical Studies of European Social Work

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This paper reviews the scope of currently published materials about comparative empirical social work research within Europe, published in English over a two‐decade period (1980–2000). To this end, the paper is divided into four sections. First, an account of the scope and methods used to conduct this review. Second, a brief analysis of non‐empirical published materials. Third, in the bulk of the paper, identified comparative studies are discussed in depth, with a particular focus upon methodological issues. Finally, by way of a conclusion, comments are made about the state of contemporary empirical studies within European social work, and the relationship of these studies to the construction of social work knowledge. In addition, some suggestions of possible sites for improvement in respect of comparative empirical research about social work in Europe are made.

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Subjects: Social Work

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