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October 2021

''Sanctified snake oil'': Ideology, junk science, and social work practice

Journal/Book: Fam Soc J Contemp Hum Serv. 1999; 80: 11700 West Lake Park Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53224, USA. Family Service Amer. 396-408.

Abstract: This article explores the pervasiveness of the form of junk science Known as advocacy statistics, and its danger to the practice of social work Using domestic violence statistics as exemplars, the article documents how misinterpretation and refusal to believe data that does not conform to ideology can lead to inaccurate assessments, faulty treatment recommendations, and misallocation of resources. Such practice, which clearly violates the NASW Code of Ethics, reflects poorly on the profession and, most significantly, makes it impossible to understand the true nature of the problem.

Note: Article Sarnoff SK, Ohio Univ, Dept Social Work, Athens,OH 45701 USA


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