ERIC Number: ED309329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Perspectives about Social Workers.
Ware, Mark E.; And Others
Previous research has shown that career preferences are dependent upon the words and images that individuals associate with various occupations. The present study sought to identify differences and similarities between college students' and social workers' views toward social work. College students majoring in psychology (N=25) and social workers (N=18) described their first reaction to the term "social workers"; their image of social workers; and their impressions about social workers' tasks, type of clientele, and entry level salary. The analysis relied primarily on content analysis and the assessments of three blind "judges." In general, the college students gave more negative evaluations to social work. Students and social workers also differed in their views about the kinds of activities in which social workers engaged and in the types of clientele with whom social workers worked. However, students had accurate perceptions about social workers' gender, age, social class, and income. Overall, students had less favorable set of words and images about social work than did social workers. Additional research is needed to identify how and when students acquire these words and images. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (35th, Houston, TX, April 13-15, 1989).