Jane Gilgun


I like to laugh. I like witty people. When I'm not writing, riding my horses, or working in my garden, I'm a professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.

I write children's books, poetry, books on children with special needs, and books on many other topics based on research I have done for many years. I also comment on public events.

My writings are available on Amazon Kindle, iBooks, smashwords.com, scribd.com, createspace, and many other ebooksellers.

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Doing the Right Thing: Assembly Required
Price: Free! Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Essay » Sociology
This article describes what happens when good people do bad things and what to do about it.
Fictionalizing Life Stories: The Wine Thief
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
This is a story of sexual abuse told from the point of view of the child survivor. The narrator is a gifted story teller who gives a lot of detail about the circumstances of the assault, including beautiful descriptions of the Everglades where the assault took place.
Incest and Its Effects on Families
Price: Free! Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Child abuse, Essay » Sociology
(3.00 from 1 review)
Incest hurts children and confuses them. This general statement fits most if not all incest cases, but from there each family situation is different. This brief article shows that professionals and family members who want to understand particular families where incest has occurred must be open to a multitude of possibilities and only come to conclusions when they can document them.
Detecting the Potential for Violence
Price: Free! Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology
This article presents an assessment that helps professionals detect the potential for violence. The assessment is balanced and looks at both risks and protective factors.
Readiness to Adopt Children with Special Needs: A Self-Survey for Prospective Adoptive Parents
Price: Free! Words: 2,930. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Adoption
This survey is for prospective adoption parents who are considering adopting children children with special needs. Your answers will show you where you have strengths as a parent and where you have room for improvement.
A NEATS Analysis of Child Physical Abuse
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
This article shows how child physical abuse threatens children’s psychological and physical health and is a symptom of callousness and inhumanity in adults who perpetrate it. Despite the consequences of physical abuse, most parents physically abuse their children at least once. The article uses the NEATS, a child and family assessment, to show pathways to recovery.
Violence Real and Imagined: Reflections on 25 Years of Research
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Forensic psychology
For more than 25 years, I have done research on perpetrators of violence and on persons who have risks for violence but lived law-abiding, pro-social lives. In this narrative, I describe my gradual understandings of the meanings of violence to perpetrators and of the violence that resides in my own heart and in my use of violent imagery and thoughts in my daily life.
It's Time for the Roman Catholic Church to Show the World What Penitence is
Price: Free! Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Catholicism
The Roman Catholic Church today has an opportunity to become a world-wide model for how to be penitent for harmful deeds. This Church has a clear record of protecting priests who sexually exploit parishioners, children and adults. This article describes steps that lead to penitence: examination of conscience, reform, and a doctrine of skepticism toward our relationships with God.
Becoming Bubba's Bitch & Other Fears: One Man's Story of Sexually Abusing Boys
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
The only time Joe felt loveable and worthy was when he was sexual with boys. In this article, Joe tells about his fears when people found out about the abuse and what the abuse meant to him.
Remove Offending Priests Immediately: What Was the Bishop Thinking?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
A bishop in the US knew of a priests sexual interests in girls but did nothing for five months. The bishop did not inform parents. The priest had unsupervised access to children. This article tells the story and shows what the bishop should have done to keep children safe.
A NEATS Analysis of Children with Sexual Behavior Issues & Their Families
Price: Free! Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Sexual health
Children show many different kinds of sexual behaviors. This article provides information that will help parents and professionals to respond in helpful ways to children’s sexual behaviors.
The Intellectual Roots of Grounded Theory
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,970. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Social psychology
Grounded theory is an open-ended approach to research that can be adapted to many uses. This article shows how adaptable grounded theory is and was meant to be. Originating in the Chicago school of Sociology about 100 years ago, GT does not have to be about technicalities, but researchers can use it as an adaptable and open-ended approach to developing understandings of human situations.
Nujood Ali, 10, Divorces Her 30 Year-Old Husband
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights
This is a story about Nujood Ali, 10, who divorced her 30 year-old husband and wrote a best-seller that lifted her and her family out of poverty. The analysis shows how the theory of unkind deeds and cover-ups applies and how important resistance is to abuses of power.
Women’s Aging Bodies & What to do About Our Aging Parts
Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Aging well
Women often do not know about the changes they may experience as they grow older. This article outlines the changes that women can expect by the time they reach 50 and beyond. It also suggests ways to deal with the changes.
Bobby and the Drug Store Robbery
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade
Bobby tells the story of robbing a drug store at gunpoint. He gives an insider's view of his desperation for drugs, hijacking a van, a crash after a police chase, faking seizures at the hospital, and ending up in prison for a long time.
Theory and Case Study Research
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
This article describes case study research and shows how difficult such research is. Valuable for its contributions to theory, case study research requires strong conceptual skills on the part of researchers.
Emma & Her Forever Person
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
Emma is a beautiful chestnut filly who wants a forever person. No one seems to want her. Emma thinks it's because of her floppy ears. Finally, along comes Kay who loves Emma's ears. Emma had found her forever person.
Reflexivity and Qualitative Research
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Research
Researchers' own experiences affect every aspect of the research they do, from conceptualization of the issues to be researched, relationships with research participants, to interpretation of findings, to writing up results, to dissemination. This article discusses reflexivity and provides examples of what it is.
Secondary Trauma as an Occupational Hazard for Social Service Providers
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Secondary trauma affects most service providers. Left unattended, such trauma can affect quality of services and providers’ personal lives. This article discusses strategies for identifying and dealing with secondary trauma
Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children
Price: Free! Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood psychology
How to know when children have been sexually abused poses special challenges. Some children speak up, while others are scared into silence. Some show no signs, while others show signs of stress and trauma. At times, the interactions between children and the persons who may be abusing them sometimes raise concerns. This article show the many different signs that children show or may not show.
Forensic Interviewing of Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
Price: Free! Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
Interviewing children who have been sexually abused requires sensitive interviewers and an interview structure that fits children’s level of development. Sensitivity is important because most children who have experienced child sexual abuse are traumatized and the interview itself can be stressful. This article describes an interview used to gather evidence for court cases.
Attachment & Child Development
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
(5.00 from 1 review)
Attachment is fundamental to child development. The article covers attachment in infancy and childhood, adult attachment, issues related to attunement, inner working models, mutual regulation, and repair. This information is for parents, professionals, and other people who work with children.
The Little Pig Who Didn't Go To Market
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Petunia is a grand champion pig who escapes with her brother Peter from a slaughter house and hides from bloodhounds, a sheriff, and a posse. The story of the clever pigs goes viral on the Internet and the two pigs become international stars. Read this story and find out what happens to these two little pigs.
Children & Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Children & teens who are sexually aggressive and who are preoccupied with sex worry parents and for good reason. This short book provides information on how to help child & teens who behave in sexually inappropriate ways. For parents and professionals.
Will the Soccer Star
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The last few seconds of the soccer game. The score is tied. Will does a fake and then shoots the ball to Roz, who scores. Roz and Will are heroes. At the next game, Will thinks the other team is talking about his twitching eye and rolling shoulder. They really are talking about the play he made with Roz. Will learns everyone has vulnerabilities. Kids who don’t get it need someone to talk to.
Choosing Assessment & Evaluation Tools for Practice
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Social psychology
Assessment and evaluation tools can contribute to practice effectiveness if social service professionals choose them well. This paper provides guidelines for choosing tools for practice. Topics include standardized instruments, self-constructed instruments, and the importance of using tools that practitioners find useful.
School Violence & Workplace Violence: Risk Assessment
Price: Free! Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Risk assessment for violence involves the investigation of five factors: These factors are 1 ) precipitating events, 2) patterns of direct statements, 3) circumstances that increase the likelihood of violence, 4) signs of cumulative stress, and 5) indicators of lowered risks for violence. This article describes a risk assessment based on these factors. For school violence and workplace violence
Grounded Theory, Deductive Qualitative Analysis, & Social Work Research
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Social psychology
This paper updates an earlier version published more than 15 years ago (Gilgun, 1994c). I kept an emphasis on grounded theory research, but I added information on how to use literature reviews and hypothesis-testing in qualitative research. These additions are responsive to funders and dissertation committees who expect literature reviews and conceptual frameworks.
How to Teach Children to be Sex Offenders
Price: Free! Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Social services
This small book outlines steps parents can take to teach children how to be sex offenders. It's easy. This part is satire. Next I discuss what parents and a concerned public can do to prevent children from becoming sex offenders. Prevention is hard. People must really want to do it. Apparently, not enough of us do. So, we will keep on raising children to be sex offenders. Is that what we want?
Protecting Children from Child Sexual Abuse
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
This article provides guidelines for protecting children from sexual abuse and what to do if children have been sexually abused.
Two Boys, Similar Backgrounds: One Goes To Prison and One Does Not: Why?
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
This article tells the stories of two boys who grew up in the same middle-class neighborhood. One went to prison and the other did not. What were the differences in these two lives?
A NEATS Analysis of Childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family health
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) require special care. This article describes ADHD, illustrates main points with case examples, and provides guidelines for parents and professionals. The article covers neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation (NEATS).
Executive Function and Self-Regulation in Children
Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
Executive function and self-regulation are two capacities important to child development. This article describes what these two terms mean, illustrates main points with case examples, and provides guidelines for parents and professionals.
Family Incest Treatment
Price: Free! Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
This article describes family incest treatment, which is rare in the United States, but whose treatment goals provide important information for family members who have experienced incest. Topics covered are expression of emotions, responsibility, understanding incest, making amends, understanding human sexuality, and safety plans.
A NEATS Analysis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
(4.00 from 1 review)
The purpose of this article is to describe the various types of autism and to show how early intervention can help some children with autism gain in social and language skills. The article also describes ASD in terms of their neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, & self-regulation (NEATS). Important information for parents and professionals.
Do Sexually Abused Children Become Abusers?
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Do sexually abused children become abusers? Most do not. Persons who do not become abusers have protective factors in their lives that help them to cope with, adapt to, and overcome the effects of the abuse. This includes boy survivors and girl survivors.
The Picking Flower Garden
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Twelve year-old Fiona steals flowers from the garden of 85 year-old Rose and gets into a lot of trouble. Rose and Fiona are at a stand-off until they finally work out a deal that makes them both happy.

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