skip to navigation skip to content
For Students, Faculty, and Staff: MyU One Stop


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. Anderson, Gwendolyn, Jessica Anderson, & Jane F. Gilgun (in press).  The influence of narrative practice techniques on child behaviors in forensic interviews. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

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

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

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.

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

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

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

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

  22. 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. 

  23. 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.

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

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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. 

  29. 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

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

  31. 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.

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

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

  34. Gilgun, J. 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 (invited and peer blind reviewed).

  35. Gilgun, J. F. (2005). Lighten up! The citation dilemma in qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research, 15(5), 721-724.

  36. Gilgun, J. F., & Abrams, L. S. (2005). Gendered adaptations, resilience, and the perpetration of violence. In M. Ungar (Ed.), Youth resilience around the world (pp. 57-70). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  37. Gilgun, J. F., Jones, D., & Rice, K. (2005). Emotional expressiveness as an indicator of progress in treatment. In M.C. Calder (Ed.), Emerging approaches to work with children and young people who sexually abuse. (pp.231-244). Dorset, England: Russell House.

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

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

  40. Gilgun, Jane F. (2004). The 4-D: Strengths-based assessments for youth who¿ve experienced adversities. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 10 (4) 51-73.

  41. Gilgun, J. F. (2004). Fictionalizing life stories: Yukee the wine thief. Qualitative Inquiry, 10 (3).

  42. Gilgun, Jane F. (2004). Qualitative methods and the development of clinical assessment tools. Qualitative Health Research, 14 (7), 1008-1019.

  43. Gilgun, J. F. (2004). Deductive qualitative analysis and family theory-building. In V. Bengston, P. Dillworth Anderson, K. Allen, A. Acock, & D. Klein (Eds.). Sourcebook of Family Theory and Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

  44. Gilgun, J. F. (2004). A strengths-based approach to child and family assessment. In D. Catheral (Ed.), Handbook of stress, trauma and the family (pp. 307-324). New York: Taylor Francis.

  45. Gilgun, J. F. (2004). The assessment of child and family strengths. In D. Catherall (Ed.), Handbook of stress, trauma and the family. New York: Taylor Francis.

  46. Dolo, E. & Gilgun, J. F. (2002). Gender-linked status changes among Liberian refugees in the United States. Social Work Research and Evaluation, 3 (3), 209-220.

  47. Gilgun, J. F. (2002). Social work and the assessment of the potential for violence. In T. Ngoh Tiong & I. Dodds (Eds.). Social work around the world II. (pp. 58-74). Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.

  48. Gilgun, J. F. & Abrams, L. (2002). Commentary on Denzin: The nature and usefulness of qualitative social work research. Qualitative Social Work, 1 (1), 39-55.

  49. Gilgun, J. F. (2002). Completing the circle: American Indian Medicine Wheels and the promotion of resilience in children and youth in care. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 6 (2), 65-84.

  50. Gilgun, J. F. (2002). Conjectures and refutations: Governmental funding and qualitative research. Qualitative Social Work, 1 (3), 359-375.

  51. Gilgun, J. F. (2001). Grounded theory, other inductive methods, and social work. In B. Thyer (Ed.). Handbook of social work research pp 345-364. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  52. Gilgun, J. F., Klein, C. & Pranis, K. (2000). The significance of resources in models of risk. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 14, 627-646.

  53. Gilgun, J. F. (1999). An ecosystemic approach to assessment. In B. G. Compton & B. Galaway (Eds.). Social work processes (6th Ed., pp. 66-82). Chicago: Dorsey. Reprinted in The Training Manual of the Mississippi Department of Public Welfare, developed by the School of Social Work, University of Southern Mississippi.

  54. Gilgun, J. F. (1999). CASPARS: Clinical assessment instruments that measure strengths and risks in children and families. In M. C. Calder (Ed.). Working with young people who sexually abuse: New pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. Dorset, England: Russell House.

  55. Gilgun, J. F. (1999). Mapping resilience as process among adults maltreated in childhood. In H. McCubbin, E. A. Thompson, A. I. Thompson, & J. A. Futrell (Eds.), The dynamics of resilient families pp. 41-70. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  56. Gilgun, J. F. (1999). Methodological pluralism and qualitative family research. In S. Steinmetz, M. Sussman, & G. Peterson (Eds.), Handbook of marriage and the family (2nd Ed., pp. 219-261). New York: Plenum.

  57. Gilgun, J. F. (1999) CASPARS: New tools for assessing client risks and strengths. Families in Society, 80, 450-459.

  58. Gilgun, J. F., Keskinen, S., Marti, D. J. & Rice, K. (1999). Clinical applications of the CASPARS instruments: Boys who act out sexually. Families in Society, 80 629-641.

  59. Gilgun, J. F. (1999). Fingernails painted red: A feminist, semiotic analysis of "hot" text. Qualitative Inquiry, 5, 181-207.

  60. Gilgun, J. F., & McLeod, L. (1999). Gendering violence. Studies in Symbolic Interactionism, 22, 167-193.

  61. Gilgun, J. F. (1998). Lemons or lemonade? An anger workbook for kids. Minneapolis, MN: L. E. Bell Press.

  62. Gilgun, J. F. (1998). Lemons or lemonade: An anger workbook for teens. Minneapolis, MN: L. E. Bell Press.

  63. Gilgun, J. F. (1998). Clinical instruments for assessing client assets and risks. The Medical Journal of Allina, 7, 31-33.

  64. Gilgun, J. F. (1997). Thorns have roses: Overcoming the effects of childhood abuse and neglect (Rev. Ed.). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Early Childhood Studies Program.

  65. Gilgun, J. F. (1997). Case study designs. In R. Grinnell (Ed.), Social work research and evaluation (5th ed., pp. 298-312). Itasca, IL: Peacock.

  66. Gilgun, Jane F., & Sussman, M. B. (Eds.). (1996). The methods and methodologies of qualitative family research. Special issue of Marriage and Family Review, 41 (1-2).

  67. Gilgun, J. F. (1996). Human development and adversity in ecological perspective, Part 2: Three patterns. Families in Society, 77, 459-576.

  68. Gilgun, J. F. (1996). Human development and adversity in ecological perspective, Part 1: A conceptual framework. Families in Society, 77, 395-402.

  69. Gilgun, J. F. (1995). We shared something special: The moral discourse of incest perpetrators. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 265-281.

  70. Gilgun, J. F. (1994). Hand into glove: Grounded theory and social work practice research. In W. Reid & E. Sherman (Eds.), Qualitative methods and social work practice research pp. 115-125. New York: Columbia University Press.

  71. Gilgun, J. F. (1994). A case for case studies in social work research.  Social Work, 39, 371-380.

  72. Gilgun, J. F., Daly, K. & Handel, G. (1992). Qualitative methods in family research. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.