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ERIC Number: EJ958543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Professional Suitability for Social Work Practice: A Factor Analysis
Tam, Dora M. Y.; Coleman, Heather; Boey, Kam-Wing
Research on Social Work Practice, v22 n2 p227-239 Mar 2012
Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify the underlying dimensions of professional suitability. Method: Data were collected from a province-wide mail-out questionnaire surveying 341 participants from a random sample of registered social workers. Results: The use of an exploratory factor analysis identified a 5-factor solution on professional suitability: social consciousness suitability, ethical suitability, practice suitability, and personal suitability, and distractors. This factor solution accounted for 47.4% of variance and achieved strong internal consistency with an overall Cronbach's [alpha] value of 0.89, and subscales values ranged between 0.89 and 0.72. Conclusion: The identified underlying dimensions of professional suitability provide groundwork for the development of a psychometrically sound instrument for assessing performance of social work students and/or practicing social workers. (Contains 2 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 - Location: Canada