Journal Article

Evidence-Based Practice, Descriptive Research and the Resilience–Schema–Gender–Brain Functioning (RSGB) Assessment

Jane F. Gilgun

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 6, pages 843-862
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online September 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch216
Evidence-Based Practice, Descriptive Research and the Resilience–Schema–Gender–Brain Functioning (RSGB) Assessment

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This paper is a response to trends in the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement that emphasizes evidence for interventions over evidence for assessment and treatment planning. I show the relevance of descriptive, non-experimental research to assessment and treatment planning, which are the foundations of effective practice. I also wanted to contribute to definitions of the term ‘evidence’ and to conceptualizations of clinical expertise and client concerns and preferences, all of which are underconceptualized in EBP and evidence-based medicine, which is the parent discipline of EBP. I have illustrated these points through my presentation of descriptive, non-experimental research on resilience, schema theory, gender studies and brain functioning, which I call the RSGB assessment and I have applied this assessment to practice with families whose children have emotional and behavioural issues. Thus, I have sought to show that effective interventions are not possible without an in-deep understanding of the persons and systems with whom we intervene.

Keywords: Evidence-based practice; descriptive research; assessment; children and families

Journal Article.  8834 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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