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Research & Publications

The School is committed to pursuing a full agenda of research and publication, not only to add to the body of knowledge for our profession but to provide opportunities for our students to participate in this important learning exercise. Our faculty members are prolific in their production, especially around the strength of the School - the integration of faith and practice.

Helen/Mike/Megan "Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults Study"
Research team: Diana Garland and Christen Argueta (Baylor School of Social Work) and Mark Chaves (Duke University)

Using a national random sample survey and interviews with almost 50 survivors, Baylor researchers determine the systemic factors that lead to clergy sexual misconduct and present strategies for prevention measures.

"The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Advances towards Adults in Their Congregations." Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion(48)4, 817-824.

"How clergy sexual misconduct happens: A qualitative study of first-hand accounts." Social Work and Christianity

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"Social Science or Proselytizing?"
Co-authors: Michael Sherr, Jon Singletary, Robin "Rob" K. Rogers

It may not matter how clearly social workers explain informed consent to recipients of social services in a religiously affiliated organization - not if the recipients believe getting food to feed their family depends on their agreeing to an explicit or implicit religious message. That's the finding of a study published in the April issue of Social Work: Journal of the National Association of Social Workers (Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 157-165) co-authored by three Baylor School of Social Work professors.

"Domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States"
Author: Kim Kotrla

Research indicates that youths constitute the most vulnerable group in the United States for becoming victims of sex trafficking and that most women in prostitution actually entered as minors. Some experts are now referring to the sex trafficking of U.S. children and youths as "domestic minor sex trafficking," or DMST. This article seeks to acquaint readers with what is currently known regarding the extent of DMST, who is at risk for becoming a victim, and implications for the social work profession in addressing this tragedy.

"Marriage Education with Hispanic Couples: Evaluation of a Communication Workshop"
Co-authors: Kim Kotrla, Preston Dyer, Karolina Stelzer (MSW 2010) Other research/publication projects: