Dr. Negi and her research team, including recent MSW graduates Erin Maskell, Marci Goodman, Jenia Hooper and Jamie Roberts have a new paper published in The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry that advances our limited understanding of social services in new immigrant settlement destinations. Specifically, this study elucidates contextual and structural factors endemic to the social service delivery process in new immigrant destinations.
Twenty-nine social service providers who work with Latina/o immigrants in Baltimore were interviewed and Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR; Hill, Thompson, & Nutt Williams, 1997) methods were used to analyze data through consensus and the use of multiple data "auditors." Findings extend our understanding of the context of social services in a new immigrant settlement city by identifying qualitative factors related to the new immigrant settlement, organization and work, community, and client level that impact access and quality of services. A theoretically driven conceptual framework adapted from the Structural Environmental conceptual framework (Organista, 2007) is also proposed to explain the transactional interconnectedness among structural-, environmental-, and client-level factors in the social service delivery process.
More details can be found at:
Negi, N. J., Maskell, E.*, Goodman, M.*, Hooper, J.*, & Roberts, J.* (2017). Providing Social Services in a New Immigrant Settlement City: A Qualitative Inquiry. The American journal of orthopsychiatry.doi: 10.1037/ort0000276
* = former MSW students