The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare (JSSW) is sponsored jointly by Western Michigan University, the College of Health and Human Services, and School of Social Work.

The most recent two years of JSSW are only available to subscribers and from computers on the WMU campus. Articles older than two years are available open access to all.

Please note that as of 2020 Volume XLVII, the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare is moving to online format. Subscription prices will include a single print issue of the most downloaded articles from the volume (March - December) which will be printed and shipped the following March.

Most recently added issue: Volume 47, Issue 4 (2020)

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Identifying and Assisting Human Trafficking Survivors: A Post-Training Analysis of First Responders
Sarah Erwin, Jessie Peter, Rochelle L. Dalla Dr., Virginia Chaidez, Amy Encinger, and Lee Kreimer


Beyond the Neighborhood: Defining Membership in Diverse Community Contexts
Brad Forenza, Brian Dashew, Diana Cedeno, and David T. Lardier


Using a Contextual Effects Measurement Approach to Understand the Influence of Community on Individual Behavior
Bridget E. Weller, Sinaida Cherubin, Shelby D. Leverett, and Alexandria Taylor

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