ERIC Number: EJ1125776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Work's Response to Poverty: From Benefits Dependence to Economic Self-Sufficiency
Gates, Lauren B.; Koza, Jennifer; Akabas, Sheila H.
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n1 p99-117 2017
Welfare reform in the 1990s represented a fundamental policy shift in the United States' response to poverty from supporting benefits dependency to promoting economic self-sufficiency. Social work's capacity to integrate this policy shift into practice is central to meeting its mission to alleviate poverty. This study looked at the preparation of future social workers as a way to gauge the extent of the profession's integration of this shift. Findings showed that about half of social work education programs do not include skills and knowledge related to economic self-sufficiency in their curricula, and there is considerable variability among those that do. Most program administrators are interested in expanding their curricula but are hampered by a lack of resources and faculty and student resistance.
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Poverty, Social Work, Caseworkers, Professional Education, Knowledge Level, Intervention, Curriculum, Income, Employment Level, Student Surveys, Focus Groups, Economic Factors
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