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ERIC Number: EJ850050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8759
An Analysis of Factors Shaping Interventions Used by School Social Workers
Kelly, Michael; Stone, Susan
Children & Schools, v31 n3 p163-176 2009
This study is a secondary analysis of surveys collected from school social workers in Illinois. Workers were originally surveyed about the most important student problems they confront in their schools and their preferred targets of intervention (individual, small group, family) to address those problems. Drawing on related conceptual work, the current study tested the utility of a preliminary model of factors that are hypothesized to influence school social work practice, taking in characteristics of the practitioner, characteristics of the setting, and sociocultural context. School social work practice was measured in terms of both interventions used and interventions used most frequently. Findings revealed that specific factors reflecting characteristics of the practice setting related to school social worker reports of their practice. Specifically, caseload size, grade level of students served, and district size were inversely related to frequent use of individual counseling but positively related to use of group counseling. Implications for school social work research and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois