ERIC Number: EJ1059337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
"I Didn't Feel Equipped": Social Work Students' Reflections on a Simulated Client "Coming Out"
Logie, Carmen H.; Bogo, Marion; Katz, Ellen
Journal of Social Work Education, v51 n2 p315-328 2015
Few studies have examined social work students' reflections on and experiences working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning persons and addressing the intersection of race/ethnicity and sexuality within practice. This study explored current master's of social work student (n = 11) and recent graduate (n = 7) reflections on conducting an objective structured clinical practice interaction with an African Canadian youth coming out as a lesbian. Narrative thematic analyses of reflective dialogues highlighted a variation of competence in gay affirmative practice across attitudes (managing personal reactions), knowledge (addressing diversity; terminology and information), and skills (readiness; challenging heterosexism). Curriculum development and agency-based training is recommended to address gaps in knowledge and competence regarding gay affirmative approaches.
Descriptors: Social Work, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Mixed Methods Research, Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Caseworkers, Test Construction, Competence, Interviews, Vignettes, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Blacks, Females, Minority Groups, Thematic Approach, Grounded Theory, Audio Equipment, Content Analysis, Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Job Skills, Anxiety, Self Control, Social Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada