ERIC Number: EJ1159431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Relationships among Diverse Students in a Cohort-Based MSW Program: A Social Network Analysis
Mauldin, Rebecca L.; Narendorf, Sarah C.; Mollhagen, Amber M.
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n4 p684-698 2017
Peer relationships are an integral part of social work education. This study examined three types of social ties (academic, friendship, and professional) among first-semester students in a cohort-based MSW program. Data were collected three times during the semester and analyzed using social network analysis. By semester's end, students had an average of 10.2 ties (significantly more than the midsemester mean of 8.6 ties per student), almost exclusively within their own cohort. Participants (N = 144) had a greater percentage of ties with people of a different racial or ethnic group at end of semester compared to midsemester, although relationships were more likely to exist between students of the same race or ethnicity, especially for friendships. Implications for MSW education are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Masters Programs, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Peer Relationship, Comparative Analysis, Friendship, Interprofessional Relationship, College Students, Social Behavior, Congruence (Psychology), Ethnic Groups, Race, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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