Student Attitudes Toward Religious Diversity and Implications for Multicultural Competence

Melissa L. Abell, Jennifer Manuel, Andrew Schoeneman

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In this article we present the findings from a survey of Master of Social Work (MSW) students regarding their attitudes toward religion in social work practice and their feelings of competence when working with clients who are Muslim. Our findings indicated that some students are uncomfortable working with Muslim groups. Interestingly, those students who are minority and non-Christian appear to identify with other oppressed groups and expressed attitudes of greater comfort and tolerance than their White and Christian counterparts. This suggests a need for a more comprehensive view of multicultural practice in social work education perhaps with a focus on cultural humility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015


  • Muslim
  • cultural competence
  • cultural humility
  • multicultural
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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