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ERIC Number: EJ777090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-8046
Students' Perceptions of Social Work: Implications for Strengthening the Image of Social Work among College Students
Dennison, Susan T.; Poole, Jay; Qaqish, Basil
Social Work, v52 n4 p350-360 2007
This study, inspired by the efforts of NASW to improve the public perception and understanding of social work, focused on the perceptions and attitudes of college students regarding the profession of social work. The sample included 678 undergraduates at a state university who represented a wide variety of majors. Findings indicate that students' affiliation with a social worker, whether a family member, friend, or work or volunteer experience, positively influenced both their perception and understanding of the profession. Furthermore, regardless of demographics, respondents generally had a negative perception of the salary range of social workers, implying that this aspect of the profession could limit or deter students from choosing social work as a profession. Implications for improving the image of social work among college students are delineated along with issues that require further study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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