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61 Int'l Soc. Work 3 (2018)

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                                                                           International Social Work
                                                                             20I8, Vol. 61(1) 3-5
Editorial                                                                   @ The Author(s) 2017
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                                                                    DOI: 10.1 177/0020872817748242

2018 will be a very important year social work globally as thousands of social workers from all
over the world will be gathering in Dublin to attend the Joint World Conference on Social Work,
Education and Social Development. This conference will provide an extraordinary opportunity to
practitioners, academics and policy makers to share knowledge and debate some of the most press-
ing issues facing social work and social policy globally. Our first issue of 2018 attempts to capture
the diversity of themes and ideas that will also characterize the Dublin Conference. Each article in
this issue poses important questions for educators, practitioners and policymakers.
   In the first article of this issue, Laura Cordisco Tsai, Susan S Witte, Toivgoo Aira, Marion
Riedel, Reid Offringa and Mingway Chang  discuss the efficacy of a microsavings intervention in
increasing income and reducing economic dependence  on sex work among  women   in Mongolia.
Their paper is based on a randomized trial which tested the efficacy of a microsavings intervention.
Women   who  attended microfinance sessions reported a significantly lower percentage of income
from sex work, increased odds of reporting no income from sex work, and increased odds that sex
work  was not their main source of income compared  to women  who  received HIV  prevention
   Philip Young P Hong, In Han Song, Sangmi Choi and Jang Ho Park, in the next article, provide
a comparison  of perceived employment barriers among  low-income jobseekers in the U.S. and
South Korea. Using  samples from  workforce development  programs  in the two countries, this
study examines the comparability of this measure and to compare score differences on the five fac-
tors of the Perceived Employment Barrier Scale. Research findings suggest that evidence for cross-
sample  equivalence indicates cross-national comparability. Further, the South Korean sample
perceived significantly higher on human capital barriers compared to the U.S.
   The issue of care for older people in China is the focus of the next article. Yan Li concentrates
on analyzing the health and social constraints of older Chinese parents who lose their only child.
This newly  developed vulnerable group of childless elderly has resulted from the Chinese one
child policy. Based on a qualitative study in Beijing, this article examines the psychological suffer-
ing, health care, and emotional support experienced by older people who lose their only child and
who  lack appropriate support from the government and society. The rapid increase in the numbers
of childless elderly is producing profound health and social implications that require the develop-
ment of appropriate policies in China.
   Yang Yang The, Yoges Munisamy, Peace Yuh Ju Wong, Kevin Tan, Jingrui Huang and Jacqueline
Au Yong  move onto the issue of social work practice with the LGB community in Singapore. Their
study explores social workers' perceptions of their practice with LGB clients and examines how
they may differ by their training, clinical experiences, and demographics. This is crucial, given the
societal stigma and lack of social work support for the LGB populations in Singapore. A mixed
method  comprising a survey of 89  social workers and a focus group discussion was utilized.
Findings suggest that clinical experiences with LGB clients, years of practice, and religious affili-
ations influence their work with this population. Recommendations include the need for more
LGB-specific research and training.

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