ERIC Number: EJ701442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-1
Depression in North Carolina Social Workers: Implications for Practice and Research
Siebert, Darcy Clay
Social Work Research, v28 n1 p30 Mar 2004
This article explores depression in social workers, examines the potential negative professional consequences--that is, impairment--and investigates the personal and occupational variables associated with depression. One thousand active NASW members were anonymously surveyed as a part of the study "Work and Well-Being: A Study of North Carolina Social Workers," which explored a variety of health, work, and personal variables. The study found that 19% of the sample scored above the threshold on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale measuring depressive symptoms, 16% had seriously considered suicide at some time in their lives, 20% were currently taking medication for depression, and 60% self-evaluated as depressed either currently or at some time in the past. Both occupational and personal variables were related to depressive symptoms.
Descriptors: Social Work, Depression (Psychology), Emotional Response, Occupational Safety and Health, Well Being, Stress Variables, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
National Association of Social Workers, 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002. Web site: http://www.naswdc.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina