Does Bachelor's-Level Social Work Education Impact Students' Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Substance-Abusing Clients?

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Abstract

This study compared 248 graduating seniors with 301 beginning juniors at 10 bachelor's-level social work programs in the Northeast concerning their knowledge and attitudes regarding working with substance-abusing clients. Graduating seniors demonstrated modestly higher levels of knowledge and only slightly more positive attitudes toward working with this population. In a multivariate analysis, however, having taken a substance abuse course in college or training in settings outside of school improved students' attitudes in this regard. The students' ethnic/racial identity and personal exposure to substance abuse through family, close friends, or self also had a significant impact on their knowledge and attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-103
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • BSW students
  • knowledge and attitudes
  • substance abuse education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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