All social workers encounter complex and diverse forms of loss throughout their practice. Working with Loss, Death and Bereavement helps trainee and practitioners navigate these difficult situations by developing the skills and values necessary for effective and empowering practice. Each chapter is grounded in social work theory and is illustrated by practice scenarios, exercises, suggestions for further study, and contemporary cultural examples from novels and films.

The Evidence Base

The evidence base

Chapter Contents

  • Research mindedness: its importance in social work in developing the role of the reflective and critical practitioner
  • The practical and the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research
  • Different research studies: what is revealed behind the findings relating to the choice of methodologies, the potential and problems of the approach and what it reveals about the researcher's value base
  • The writer's own experience as a researcher and how the process allowed new perspectives to be heard


This chapter returns to the various theories that have been presented in the previous chapters, reflecting on their validity in terms of the research that informs them. This requires a discussion about the nature of evidence and research mindedness, the differences between qualitative and quantitative methodologies and ...

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