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ERIC Number: EJ871532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Understanding the Pathways of Factors Influencing the Use of Spiritually Based Interventions
Kvarfordt, Connie L.; Sheridan, Michael J.
Journal of Social Work Education, v45 n3 p385-405 Fall 2009
This investigation is a secondary analysis of a data set (N=283) drawn from a national, probability sample of clinical social workers in the United States. The original study used a cross-sectional, correlational survey design to gather information on practitioners' personal religious/spiritual beliefs and practices; professional attitudes, experiences, and behaviors; and professional education and training. Path analysis identified the specific direct and indirect relationships among 6 variables that accounted for nearly 69% of the variance in the use of spiritually based interventions with children and adolescents. The influence of personal background and attitudinal variables in the use of such interventions, coupled with the absence of education and training variables, raise concerns about practitioner decision making and ethical practice. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A