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Human Services: Overview

Human Services One Pagers

This guide contains material for Human Services as a whole, and is a great place to begin research.  For more targeted research based on common areas of concentration in the field of Human Services, you should also use the following Research Guides.

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Topic Overview

"The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery."

- National Organization for Human Services 


Keywords for Human Services

Use the keywords below to find information relevant to human services research projects. To search for information about providing services to a particular group of people, put the word services after the term describing a class of people or ethnic group. For example, children services.

  • Abused children
  • Abused wives
  • Abused women
  • Abusive men
  • Addicts
  • Adopted children
  • Adult child sexual abuse victims
  • Alcoholics
  • Child care services
  • Child welfare
  • Children services
  • Children with disabilities services
  • Delinquent youth
  • Developmentally disabled
  • Drug abuse counselors
  • Elderly poor
  • Evaluation research
  • Family services
  • Family social work
  • Foster children
  • Foster home care
  • Home-based family services
  • Home care services
  • Homeless persons
  • Human services (includes works related to policies, programs, services, and facilities to meet basic human needs related to the quality of life)
  • Human services personnel
  • Human services vocational guidance
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Maternal health services
  • Mental health services
  • Mental illness
  • Mentally ill
  • Methodology
  • Occupational retraining
  • Old age assistance
  • Parents of drug addicts
  • People with disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • People with social disabilities
  • Poor
  • Poverty
  • Problem children
  • Problem families
  • Professional ethics
  • Public health
  • Public welfare (includes works on tax-supported welfare activities)
  • Rural health services
  • School health services
  • Sexually abused teenagers
  • Social case work
  • Social ethics
  • Social service (includes works on the methods employed in social work)
  • Social service vocational guidance
  • Social workers
  • Teenagers
  • Victims of crime
  • Welfare recipients