Curriculum Vitae

Amanda S. Barusch
  • Professor, College Of Social Work


Research Summary

I use narrative methods to study interpersonal relationships in later life and social policies that affect older adults.

Research Statement

Current research projects include:

- A series of studies examining the methods and foundations of qualitative research in social work

- A study that examines the treatment of justice in social work literature

- A study of relationships between young adults and their aging parents

- A study of the philosophical foundations and assumptions in end-of-life narratives

Research Keywords

  • Gerontology, Interest Level: 5
  • Family relationships: theory and research, Interest Level: 5



Barusch, A.S. (2008). Love Stories of Later Life: A narrative approach to understanding romance. Oxford University Press.

Richardson, V. & Barusch, A.S. (2006). Gerontological Practice for the 21st Century: A Social Work Perspective. Columbia University Press.

Barusch, A.S. (2002; 2006; 2009) Foundations of Social Policy: Social Justice in Human Perspective. Wadsworth Press. (3rd Edition)

Atchley, R. and Barusch, A.S. (2004) Social Forces and Aging (10th Edition) Wadsworth Press.

Barusch, A.S. (1994). Older Women in Poverty: Private Lives and Public Policies. New York: Springer. (Second printing)

Barusch, A.S. (1992). Caring for the Frail Elderly: Family Support, Public Services and Case Management. New York: Garland. (Second printing)

Barusch, A.S. (1991) Elder Care: Family Training and Support. Newbury Park: Sage.

Gringeri, C., Barusch, A.S. & Cambron, C. (forthcoming). Epistemology in Qualitative Social Work Research: A review of published articles 2008 - 2010. Social Work Research.
Barusch, A.S., Gringeri, C. & George, M. (2011). Rigor in Qualitative Social Work Research: An empirical review of strategies used in published articles. Social Work Research, 35(1), 11-19.
Barusch, A.S. & Wilby, F. (2010). Coping with Symptoms of Depression: A descriptive survey of community-dwelling elders. Clinical Gerontologist, 33, (3), 210- 222.

Barusch, A.S. (2010). Envy is Ignorance. Bravado, 18, 44-45 (essay)

Barusch, A.S., Luptak, M. & Hurtado, M. (2009). Supporting the labor force participation of older adults: An international survey of policy options. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 53(6), 584-599.

Barusch, A.S. (2008) Sea Change (a first-person narrative). Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts, 2(2/3), 291-292.

Thompson, C.W., Durrant, L., Barusch, A.S., & Olson, L. (2006). Fostering coping skills and resilience in HEN consumers. Nutrition in Clinical Practice.

Taylor, M.J., Barusch, A.S. & Vogel, M.B. (2006). Heterogeneity at the Bottom: TANF closure and long-term welfare recipients. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 13(2), 1-14.

Maramaldi, P., Berkman, B. & Barusch, A.S. (2005) Assessment and the Ubiquity of Culture: Threats to Validity in Measures of Health Related Quality of Life. Health and Social Work. 30(1), 27-38.

Taylor, M.J. & Barusch, A.S. (2004). Personal, family, and multiple barriers of long-term welfare recipients. Social Work.49(2),9-15.

Abu Bader, S. Rogers, A., & Barusch, A.S. (2002) Predicting Life Satisfaction Among Frail Elders. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 38(3), 3-18.

Barusch, A.S. (2001). Social Security is not for babies: Issues and trends affecting older women in the U.S. Families in Society, 81(8),568-575.

Rogers, A. & Barusch, A.S. (2001). Mental Health Service Utilization Among Frail, Low-Income Elders: Perceptions of Home Service Providers and Elders in the Community. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 34(2), 23-38.

Barusch, A.S. (2000). Serving Older Men: Dilemmas and Opportunities. Geriatric Care Management Journal, 10(1), Winter, 31-36.

Barusch, A.S. Rogers, A. & Abu-Bader, S. (1999) Depressive Symptoms Among the Frail Elderly: Physical and Psycho-social Correlates. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 49(2), 107-125.

Peak, T.& Barusch, A.S. Managed Care: A Critical Overview. (1999) Journal of Health and Social Policy, 11(1), 21-36..

Barusch, A.S. (1999) Religion, age and adversity: Religious experiences of low-income, elderly women. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Vol 26(1), 125-141. (special issue on aging).

Barusch, A.S. (1997) Self-concepts of low-income older women: Not old or poor, but fortunate and blessed. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 44(4), 269-282.

Barusch, A.S. & Spaid, W.M. (1996). Spouse caregivers and the caregiving experience: Does cognitive impairment make a difference? Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 25(3/4), 93-106.

Barusch, A.S. (1995). Programming for family care: Mandates, incentives and rationing. Social Work, 40(3), 315-322.

Spaid, W., and Barusch, A.S. (1994). The Importance of Relationship: Emotional Closeness and Caregiver Burden in the Marital Relationship. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 21(3/4), 197-213,

Spaid, W.M. and Barusch, A.S. (1991). Social Support and Caregiver Strain: The impact of positive and aversive social contacts on elderly spouse caregivers. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 18(1/2),151-162.

Barusch, A.S. and Spaid, W., (1991). Reducing caregiver burden through short-term training: Evaluation findings from a caregiver support project. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 17(1/2), 7-34.

Barusch, A.S. and Spaid, W., (1989) Gender differences in caregiving: Why do women report greater burden? The Gerontologist, 29(5), 667-676.

Barusch, A.S. and Spaulding, M. L., (1989) The Impact of Americanization on the U.S. Territory of Guam. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 16(3), 61-80.

Barusch, A.S., (1988). Problems and Coping Strategies of Elderly Spouse Caregivers. The Gerontologist, 28, 677-685.

Barusch, A.S. (1987) Power Dynamics in the Aging Family, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 11(3/4), 43-56.

Barth, R.P. & Snowden L.R., (1987) with Ten Broeck, E., Clancy, T., Jordan, C., and Barusch, A.S. Contributors to Reunification or Permanent Out-of-Home Care For Physically Abused Children. Journal of Social Service Research, 8(2).

Barusch, A.S. & Miller, L.S. (1986). The Effect of Services on Family Assistance to the Frail Elderly. Journal of Social Service Research, 9(1), 31-45.

Barusch, A.S. & Runyan, W.M. (1983) Ellen's Journal: A Content Analytic Approach to Individual Psychology. Individual Psychology, 39(3), 274-287.