Financial Education and Capability: Research, Education, Policy, and Practice

Hardcover | February 14, 2013

EditorJulie Birkenmaier, Jami Curley, Margaret Sherraden

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As financial issues are currently a major concern for families, scholars, and practitioners, students have increased their interest in knowledge and skills for practice that addresses finances. Unfortunately, social workers and other helping professionals often lack preparation, knowledge, andskills to tackle increasingly complex financial problems facing their clients. This volume fills a significant gap by assembling the latest evidence about financial education and financial capability in low-income households, and linking it to education, policy, and practice for helpingprofessionals. Financial capability, or the ability of people to understand and act in their best financial interest, includes financial knowledge or "financial literacy" and access to beneficial financial services. This volume builds on theoretical, research, policy, and program developments over the past twodecades. This book develops the idea and presents evidence that financial capability has a viral role to play in social work research, education, policy, and practice. It examines recent work by scholars who are generating knowledge and understanding about the role of financial capability onindividual, family, and community well-being. The volume also reviews initial efforts to build professional capacity in social work to address the financial issues of low- and moderate-income and other vulnerable households and develops an agenda for future research and education.

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As financial issues are currently a major concern for families, scholars, and practitioners, students have increased their interest in knowledge and skills for practice that addresses finances. Unfortunately, social workers and other helping professionals often lack preparation, knowledge, andskills to tackle increasingly complex finan...

Julie Birkenmaier, PhD, is Director of Field Education and Associate Professor of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Jami Curley, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Social Work at St. Louis University and Faculty Associate, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis. Margaret Sherraden, PhD, is Professor of Socia...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199755957

ISBN - 13:9780199755950

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IntroductionPart I. Theory and Background1. Building Blocks of Financial Capability2. Social Workers and Financial Capability in the Profession's First Half Century3. Paradigms of Anti-Poverty PolicyPart II. Innovations in Financial Capability4. Financial Capability Among Survivors of Domestic Violence5. Low-Income Parents of Pre-School Children: Financial Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Ownership6. Financial Issues and an Aging Population: Responding to an Increased Potential for Financial Abuse and Exploitation7. Improving Financial Capacity Among Low-Income Immigrants: Effects of a Financial Education Program8. Developing Financial Capability through IDA Savings Club9. Income Tax Time as a Time to Build Financial Capability10. Building Financial Capability of Native American Households11. Financial and Asset Building Capabilities of Southwest Border Working FamiliesPart III. Social Work Education, Practice, and Curriculum Development12. Financial Capabilities of Service Providers in the Asset Building Field13. The Role of Social Work in Financial Capability: Shaping Curricular Approaches14. Building the Capacity of Social Workers to Enhance Financial Capability15. Conclusion: Building Financial Capability of Financially Vulnerable Families