ERIC Number: EJ1136213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Career Implications of Doctoral Social Work Student Debt Load
Begun, Audrey L.; Carter, James R.
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n2 p161-173 2017
Although research has been conducted in other professional disciplines, social work has yet to explore how doctoral student debt load influences career development. This exploratory study surveyed 281 social work doctoral students and recent graduates, 75 BSW and MSW program leaders, and 24 doctoral program leaders about debt load, career choices, financial anxiety, and programmatic responses. Descriptive and qualitative results illustrate the complexity of doctoral students' financial, family, and work circumstances, the role of debt load and moonlighting, the nascent nature of program responses to debt-related mentoring needs, and program ambivalence concerning the pros and cons of various debt load solutions. Exploratory factor analysis is presented for a financial anxiety instrument that may be useful in future research studies.
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Career Development, Social Work, Professional Education, College Graduates, Administrators, Surveys, Career Choice, Anxiety, Qualitative Research, Factor Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Mentors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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