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ERIC Number: EJ862033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3204
Why Social Work, and What Does the Future Hold?: The Narratives of Recently Graduated Hispanic and African-American Male BSW and MSW Students
Warde, Bryan
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, v18 n1-2 p129-145 2009
Employing a focus group interview, this exploratory study investigated the influences on the social work career choice of recently graduated (spring 2007) Hispanic and African-American male BSW and MSW students (N = 7). Also investigated were the views of these men regarding entering a female majority profession and their future in the profession. The informants identified three factors as influencing their social work career choice: (1) personal experience with a social worker, (2) wanting to give something back to the community, and (3) preexisting internalized altruism. Regarding entering a female majority profession, the informants believe they are bringing alternative perspectives that will help to strengthen the profession. The informants also believe they have a bright future in the profession. Implications for social work programs are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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