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ERIC Number: EJ933096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
The Effect of Educational Disequilibrium in Field Work on Graduate Social Work Students' Self-Concept and Mental Health
Ying, Yu-Wen
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v31 n3 p278-294 2011
The author used a mixed methods design to assess field work-related educational disequilibrium and its effect on the self-concept and mental health of MSW students. Twenty-eight advanced, fourth-semester MSW students were compared with 37 entering, first-semester MSW students in practice-related sense of accomplishment. Compared with first-year students, second-year students reported a lower sense of accomplishment, which, in turn, explained their lower self-esteem and higher depressive symptoms. In addition, qualitative data revealed their field work-related struggles with incompetence caused by inexperience. Implications for social work education are discussed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Maslach Burnout Inventory; Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale