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Leslie D. Hollingsworth

Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Leslie D. Hollingsworth
Leslie Hollingsworth retired on 5/31/2016. Her research interests have focused on circumstances surrounding the lives of vulnerable children and families across the child welfare and mental health systems and their implications for social work practice and policy. Her adoption-related research examined perspectives and experiences of members of the adoption triad - adopted individuals, adoptive parents, and birth parents. She also evaluated the effects of Africentric curricular content on students’ knowledge, values, and skills in interpersonal practice with African American families. She was licensed as a clinical social worker in Michigan and Indiana.

Research Interests/Focus

Adoption, African American families, child welfare, mental health, birth parents, adoptive parents, interpersonal practice, family therapy

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Year Degree   School
1995 PhD Child Development and Family Studies Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1988 Certification Marriage/Family Therapy The Family Therapy Institute, Cincinnati, OH
1965 MSW Social Work Syracuse University, NY
1963 BA Sociology/Psychology Bennett College, Greensboro, NC

Hollingsworth, L. D., Sanchez, N., Gant, L. M., Williams-Shanks, T. R., Allen-Meares, P,, & Miller, P. L. (2014). In E. Zambone & L Gonzalez (Eds.), Providing Technical Assistance to Urban Communities: A Guide of Case Studies and Advice for Community Members. Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library.

Hollingsworth, L. D. (2014). Birthmothers. In G. P. Mallon, & P. M. Hess (Eds.), Child Welfare for The 21st century: A Handbook of Children, Youth, and Family Services: Practices, Policies, and Programs (2nd ed.). 424-436. Columbia University Press.

Revel-Hough, H. & Hollingsworth, L. D. (2014). The developmental progression of transracial experiences among South Korean adoptees: A review of the literature. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24(8), 924-936.

Hollingsworth, L. D. (2013). Resilience of black families. In D. S. Becvar (Ed.), Handbook of Family Resilience 229-244. New York, NY: Springer.

Hollingsworth, L. D., Swick, D., & Choi, Y.-J. (2013). The role of positive and negative social interactions in child custody outcomes: Voices of U.S. women with serious mental illness. Qualitative Social Work, 12(2), 153-159. Sage Publications.

Allen-Meares, P., Gant, L., Shanks, T., & Hollingsworth, L. (2011). Embedded foundations: Advancing community change and empowerment. Foundation Review, 2(3), 61-78.

Hollingsworth, L. D., MacFarlane, P., & Rassi, S. (2011). Is the Life History Calendar a valid measure of child custody loss among birth mothers with serious mental illness? Social Work Research, 35, 53-57.

Hollingsworth, L. D., Bybee, D., Johnson, E. I., & Swick, D. C. (2010). A comparison of caseworker characteristics in public and private foster care agencies. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 578-584.

Hollingsworth, L. D., Allen-Meares, P., Shanks, T., & Gant, L. M. (2009). Using the miracle question in community engagement and planning. Families in Society, 90(3), 332-335.

Gant, L. M., Shimshock, K., Allen-Meares, P., Miller, P., Hollingsworth, L., & Shanks, T. (2009). Effects of Photovoice: Civic engagement among older youth in urban communities. Journal of Community Practice, 17(4), 358-376.

Hollingsworth, L. D. (2008). Adoption. In V. N. Parillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hollingsworth, L. D. (2008). Does the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption address the protection of adoptees’ cultural identity? And should it? Social Work 377-379.

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