ERIC Number: EJ1147311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Intersecting Sexual, Gender, and Professional Identities among Social Work Students: The Importance of Identity Integration
Craig, Shelley L.; Iacono, Gio; Paceley, Megan S.; Dentato, Michael P.; Boyle, Kerrie E. H.
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n3 p466-479 2017
Discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social work students can negatively affect academic performance and personal and professional identity development. Intersectionality is a conceptual approach that states that social identities interact to form different meanings and experiences from those that could be explained by a single identity. This study explored how the educational experiences of LGBTQ social work students in the United States and Canada influenced their professional and personal identities. Using an intersectional analysis, three major themes emerged: the need for social work programs to better promote LGBTQ identity and emerging social work professional identity integration, a lack of LGBTQ content in the curriculum, and unsupportive LGBTQ school climates. Implications for social work education are considered.
Descriptors: Sexuality, Gender Differences, Social Work, Counselor Training, Self Concept, Sexual Identity, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Educational Experience, Professional Identity, Student Attitudes, Cross Cultural Studies, Course Content, Foreign Countries, Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States
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