Sally: A 12-Year-Old Who May Have Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

  • James W. Drisko
  • Melissa D. Grady
Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)


This chapter illustrates how the EBP practice decision-making process is undertaken in work with Sally, a 12-year-old biracial girl whose adoptive parents and adoption social worker are concerned about her lack of turning to her parents for nurture when upset and her indiscriminate interactions with other adults. Sally also has both a potential medical issue and a history of serious neglect. Issues of assessment are addressed, and the six steps of the EBP process are each explored in detail. How EBP is done in practice is examined fully as it applies to the specifics of Sally’s, and her parents’, needs and strengths.


Evidence-based practice The steps of evidence-based practice Doing EBP in clinical social work practice Case example of doing the EBP process with a biracial 12-year-old who may have disinhibited social engagement disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Drisko
    • 1
  • Melissa D. Grady
    • 2
  1. 1.School for Social WorkSmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA
  2. 2.School of Social ServiceCatholic University of AmericaWashington, DCUSA

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