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MSW graduates published in peer-reviewed journal

Two graduates from the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Social Work have recently been published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (IJO).

Master of Social Work graduates Andrew Bove and Rebecca Tryon had their article, “The Power of Storytelling: The Experiences of Incarcerated Women Sharing Their Stories," appear in the publication in July. The article focuses on incarcerated women — who the authors say are the fastest growing prison population — and the dearth of knowledge as to the pathways that lead them toward recovery and rehabilitation.

Research for the article was based on a participatory community project the students developed in classes taken with Assistant Professor of Social Work Paula Gerstenblatt.

“I am very proud of them and the article, which demonstrates the connection between community engaged practice and research,” Gerstenblatt said.

According to its website, IJO is a monthly, peer-reviewed publication that for more than five decades has provided therapists, counselors, researchers, psychologists and psychiatrists, criminologists and policy makers with challenging research on topics including violent crime and sexual offenses, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, criminal profiling and risk assessment, with an emphasis on treatment.

The article in full can be found online.