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 Editorial: Social Work in a Changing Society

  • Cosmin Goian (West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, No. 4th V. Pârvan Boulevard, Timişoara, România, E-mail:
  • Loredana-Marcela Trancă ( West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, No. 4th V. Pârvan Boulevard, Timişoara, România, E-mail:

Issue 1 of 2023 of the Social Work Review aims to publish original articles on the issue of social work in a changing society. Recent social changes affect various areas in which social workers intervene. Whether we are talking about refugees from the war, families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic or the economic crisis, social workers are at the forefront, assisting vulnerable groups. The topic, important and current for the field of Romanian social work, resulted in the publication of 18 articles, written as the sole author or in work teams. The summary is varied and presents research with different themes in the field of social work, with important references from the interdisciplinary area, carried out in Romania, but also at the international level.

Thus, Juliana Ajdini publishes an article on an insufficiently studied topic, namely the role of social workers in work with incarcerated parents, the research being carried out in Albania.

A team consisting of Snaebjorn Omar Gudjonsson, Aslaug Felixdottir, Claudio Fuenzalida, Jocelyn Deloyer, Bernard Gerritsma, Serge Mertens, Javier Sempere publishes an article on multifamily group therapy and its impact on the well-being and communication within families.

Mrs. Gianina-Mălina Lăzărescu and Mrs. Mona Vintilă were accepted for publication with an article on the attitude of young people towards cosmetic surgery, the likelihood of having cosmetic surgery and the preferred sources of information regarding these interventions.

An article about the effects on the European cohesion policy in Eastern Europe (case study of the development of human resources in Romanian schools) was accepted for the authors Marius Lupşa Matichescu, Aurora Carmen Bărbat and Marian Ilie.
Mrs. Gheorghița Nistor was accepted for publication with an article on the need to adapt children's rights to the digital age.

A team formed by the authors Andreea Sima, Cosmin Goian and Luiza Vlaicu presents a research about community development through young people in the town of Sânpetru Mare, Timiș County.

The authors Marina Alexandra Tudoran and Alexandru Neagoe published an article about the influence of the religious component on school involvement in children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

A theme on the challenges of the inclusion of vulnerable social groups in the pandemic and post-pandemic society was published by the authors Paolo Ammaturo, Carlo Ammaturo, Maria Bruna, Letizia Fallucca and Paolo Aiello.
Mrs. Elena-Monica Mihalcea and Mrs. Lavinia Elisabeta Popp presented a research on the implications of the Covid 19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war on family dynamics.
The authors Patricia Runcan and Adelia Florea (Furdui) published an article about the current problems in school social work.

Also, Remus Runcan and Patricia Runcan addressed a topic related to adolescence and stigmatization, a challenge in a changing society.
The research team formed by Laurence Fond-Harmant, Anne Philippart, Salim Megherbi, Pascale Pereaux and Mihaela Gavrilă-Ardelean published an article about the challenges of social work in the context of the digitalization of European society.
A paper on the banning of critical race theory in the US and gender studies in Romania – implications of illiberal/ populist social welfare movements, by Melania Popa Mabe has been accepted for publication.

The authors Simona Bostan and Mihaela Gavrilă-Ardelean published a work on medical sociology and its role in prophylactic social education for health.
Mrs. Elena-Diana Zastran and Mrs. Mihaela Rada addressed a topic related to digital resources and how they represent support for facilitating access to social services in a pandemic context.

A topic related to the preparation for independent life of children and young people in the residential social protection system was published by the authors Loredana Marcela Trancă and Beatrice-Simona Ţimonea.
The research team formed by the authors Claudia Constantinescu, Mirela Anghel and Liliana Caplescu published a research on the development of prosocial tendencies for teenagers through volunteering.

Also, a theme aproached by Mrs. Carmen Stanciu, regarding the challenges and needs of the elderly during the pandemic, was also accepted for publication.
The current issue of the Social Work Review ends with the review prepared by Carmen Palaghia for the volume published in 2020 at the Academy of Economic Studies, under the coordination of Octavian Rujoiu, Psychosociology of everyday life. About the human-animal interaction, a volume that proposes a reflection on the understanding of animal behavior in various contexts, useful both for specialists in social and human sciences and for pet owners.

The diversity and topicality of the articles accepted for publication provide useful results to researchers and practitioners in the field of social work, leaving open themes for reflection and improved intervention measures.