ERIC Number: EJ1029633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Does a Social Work Degree Predict Practice Orientation? Measuring Strengths-Based Practice among Child Welfare Workers with the Strengths-Based Practices Inventory-Provider Version
Douglas, Emily M.; McCarthy, Sean C.; Serino, Patricia A.
Journal of Social Work Education, v50 n2 p219-233 2014
Strengths-based practice (SBP) is one of the primary modalities of social work practice. The literature on SBP does not address a standardized tool for measuring SBP or whether receipt of a social work degree is related to practice orientation. We measure SBP with a provider-based Strengths-Based Practices Inventory (SBPI-P) and examine whether a social work degree is associated with a higher level of SBP among 453 child welfare workers. The results indicate that the SBPI-P is a reliable measure of SBP, with three factors--Empowerment, Community-Culture, and Sensitivity-Knowledge--and that receipt of a social work degree is not associated with SBP. We discuss the potential reasons for the results and make recommendations for future research in the measurement of SBP.
Descriptors: Social Work, Academic Degrees, Child Welfare, Caseworkers, Goal Orientation, Postmodernism, Online Surveys, Individual Characteristics, Demography, Measures (Individuals), Community, Culture, Knowledge Level, Attitudes, Correlation, Predictor Variables, Regression (Statistics)
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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