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ERIC Number: EJ1159423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Comprehensive Course on Suicide in a Master's of Social Work Program
Almeida, Joanna; O'Brien, Kimberly H. M.; Gironda, Christina M.; Gross, Emma B.
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n4 p727-736 2017
Most master of social work (MSW) programs provide minimal education or training on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention despite that the majority of social workers encounter suicidal clients during their professional careers. This study describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a course on suicide in an MSW program. Changes in student suicide-related knowledge, confidence, and preparedness were evaluated using a pre/post design. We found statistically significant increases in knowledge (t [df = 21] = 4.79; p < 0.001), confidence (t [df = 17] = 8.55; p < 0.001), and preparedness (t [df = 20] = 7.28; p < 0.001) from pretest to posttest. Knowledge, confidence, and preparedness were significantly positively correlated, indicating that confidence and preparedness did not increase without a corresponding increase in knowledge. Given the prevalence of suicide and the frequency with which social workers serve populations affected by suicide, it is critical that MSW programs provide effective training on understanding suicide.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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