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Jane Gilgun

Ph.D., Syracuse University,
Licentiate, University of Louvain
M.A. University of Rhode Island
M.A., University of Chicago

School of Social Work
Rm 105 PetersH

1404 Gortner Ave
Tel: 612-624-3643

Areas of Interest

Resilience or how persons overcome adversities, meanings of violence to perpetrators, development of violent behaviors, factors associated with positive client changes in social work practice, oral history, qualitative research methods, feminist research methods and methodologies, philosophy of science

Research Projects

Principal Investigator, The Meanings of Violence to Perpetrators, funded by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, 1985 to the present.

Principal Investigator, All Children Excel (ACE), an intervention program for children and young people and their families, where the children are at risk for trouble with the law. St. Paul Youth Services, St. Paul, MN, 2005 to the present.

Principal Investigator, An Oral History of St. John’s, whose purpose is to collect stories about the history of an Episcopal faith community, 2013 to the present.

Selected Publications

  1. Gilgun, Jane F. (in press). Deductive qualitative analysis and grounded theory: Sensitizing concepts and hypothesis testing. To appear in Bryant, A. & Charmaz, K. (Eds.), The Sage handbook of grounded theory (2nd ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  2. Gilgun, Jane F. (2017). The red doors will never close: A history of St. John’s Episcopal Church in the 1970s and early 1980s. Amazon

  3. Gilgun, Jane F. & Samantha Hirschey (2017). A four-factor outcome model for family case management services for children who have experienced complex trauma. Journal of Family Theory and Review, published in December 2017.

  4. Gilgun, Jane F. & Gwendolyn Anderson (2016). Mothers’ experiences of pastoral care in cases of child sexual abuse. Journal of Religion and Health. 55 (2), 680-694.

  5. Gilgun, Jane F. (2015). Beyond description to interpretation and theory in qualitative social work research. Qualitative Social Work, 14, 741-752. This article is number 31 in the most-read articles in this journal.

  6. Gilgun, Jane F. (2015). Research and theory building in social work. In William Nichols (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.) (pp. 502-507. New York: Elselvier.

  7. Anderson, Gwendolyn, Jessica Anderson, & Jane F. Gilgun (2014). The influence of narrative practice techniques on child behaviors in forensic interviews. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 23 (6), 615-634

  8. Gilgun, Jane F. (2014). Writing up qualitative research. In Patricia Leavy (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of qualitative research methods (pp. 658-676). New York: Oxford University Press.

  9. Gilgun, Jane F. (2013). Qualitative family research: Enduring themes and contemporary variations. In Gary F. Peterson & Kevin Bush (Eds.), Handbook of Marriage and the Family (3rd ed.) (pp. 91-119). New York: Plenum.

  10. Gilgun, Jane F. & Gwendolyn Anderson (2013). Mothers’ perspectives on signs of sexual abuse in their families.  Families in Society, 9 (4), 259-266.

  11. Gilgun, Jane F. (2012). Enduring themes in qualitative family research. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 4, 80-95.

  12. Gilgun, Jane F. (2012) Hand into glove: Grounded theory, deductive qualitative analysis and social work research and practice. In Anne E. Fortune, William Reid, & Robert Miller (Eds.). Qualitative Methods in Social Work (2nd ed.) (pp. 107-134) New York: Columbia University Press.

  13. Gilgun, Jane F. & Roberta G. Sands (Eds.) (2012). Special Issue: The Contributions of Qualitative Approaches to Developmental Intervention Research. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 11(4).

  14. Gilgun, Jane F. (2012). Lemons or lemonade? An anger workbook for kids (2nd ed.) Amazon.

  15. Gilgun, Jane F. (2012) Lemons or lemonade? An anger workbook for teens (2nd ed.) Amazon.

  16. Gilgun, Jane F. (2012). Thorns have roses: Overcoming the effects of childhood abuse and neglect (2nd ed.) Amazon.

  17. Gilgun, Jane F. & Alankaar Sharma (2012). The uses of humour in case management with high-risk children & their families, British Journal of Social Work, 42(3),560-577.

  18. Gilgun, Jane F. (2012). The logic of murderous rampages and other essays on violence and its prevention. Amazon.

  19. Gilgun, Jane F. (2011). Child sexual abuse: From harsh realities to hope (2nd ed.). Amazon.

  20. Gilgun, Jane F. (2011). The NEATS: A child and family assessment (3rd ed.) Amazon.

  21. Gilgun, Jane F. (2010). Child sexual abuse: From harsh realities to hope. Amazon Kindle.

  22. Gilgun, Jane F. (2010) Children with serious conduct issues. Amazon Kindle

  23. Gilgun, Jane F. (2010). Methods for enhancing theory and knowledge about problems, policies, and practice.  In Katherine Briar, Joan Orme, Roy Ruckdeschel, & Ian Shaw, The Sage handbook of social work research (pp. 281-297). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  24. Gilgun, Jane F. (2010). Reflections on 25 years of research on violence. Reflections: Narratives of professional helping, 16(4), 50-59.

  25. Gilgun, Jane F. (2010). The NEATS: A child and family assessment (2nd ed.)  Amazon Kindle.

  26. Gilgun, Jane F. (2009). Busjacked! Amazon Kindle.

  27. Gilgun, Jane F. (2009).  Emma & her forever person.  Amazon Kindle.

  28. Gilgun, Jane F. (2009).  Qualitative research and family psychology. In Mark Stanton & James Bray (Eds.). Blackwell handbook of family psychology (pp. 85-99).  Oxford: UK: Blackwell. 

  29. Theron, Linda C. & Jane F. Gilgun (2009). Strangers, patients, monsters, jailers and children: How South African caregivers’ view their partners with manganese poisoning. South African Journal of Psychology, 39(2)m 220-230.

  30. Gilgun, Jane F. (2009). The picking flower garden. Amazon Kindle.

  31. Gilgun, Jane F. (2009). Will the soccer star. Amazon Kindle.

  32. Gilgun, Jane F. (2008).  Lived experience, reflexivity, and research on perpetrators of interpersonal violence. Qualitative Social Work, 7(2), 181-197

  33. Sharma, Alankaar & Jane F. Gilgun (2008). In their own words: Learning about child sexual abuse from listening to perpetrators. Indian Journal of Social Work, 69(3), 321-338.

  34. Gilgun, Jane F., & Alankaar Sharma (2008). Child sexual abuse. In Jeffrey L. Edleson & Claire M. Renzetti (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (pp. 122-125). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

  35. Ungar, Michael, Marian Brown, Linda Liebenberg, Rasha Othman, Wai Man Kwong, Mary Armstrong, & Jane Gilgun (2007). Unique pathways to resilience across cultures. Adolescence, 42(166), 287-310

  36. Gilgun, J. F. (2005). The four cornerstones of evidence-based practice in social work. Research on Social Work Practice, 15(1), 52-61

  37. Gilgun, Jane F. (2006). The four cornerstones of qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research, 16(3), 436-443.

  38. Gilgun, Jane F. (2006). Children and adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors: Lessons from research on resilience. In Robert Longo & Dave Prescott (Eds.),. Current perspectives on working with sexually aggressive youth and youth with sexual behavior problems. (pp. 383-394). Holyoke, MA: Neari Press.

  39. Gilgun, Jane F. (Ed.) (2006). Writing and editing books. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

  40. Gilgun, Jane F., (2005). The four concerstones of evidence based practice in social work. Research on Social Work Practice, 15(1), (52-61)

  41. Gilgun, Jane F. (2005). Evidence-based practice, descriptive research, and the resilience-schema-gender brain functioning (RSGB) Assessment. British Journal of Social Work, 35(6), 843-862.

  42. Gilgun, Jane F. (2005). Qualitative research and family psychology. Journal of Family Psychology, 19 (1), 40-50 (invited and peer blind reviewed)

  43. Gilgun, Jane F. (2005). "Grab" and good science: Writing up the results of qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research.

  44. Gilgun, Jane F. (2005). Lighten up! The citation dilemma in qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research, 15(5), 721-725.