The Hospital Social Work Self-Efficacy Scale: Initial development

Gary Holden, Lawrence Cuzzi, Steve Rutter, Gary Rosenberg, Peter Chernack

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The Hospital Social Work Self-Efficacy Scale (based on Bandura's social cognitive theory) was designed as an outcome measure of social workers' confidence regarding their ability to perform specific hospital social work tasks. The scale was developed during an evaluation of two types of social work field experience (full-year placements vs. three sequential placements). Data supporting the reliability and validity of the scale are presented. Given continued support of its reliability and validity, the scale may have a variety of uses in studies of hospital social work. In addition, similar assessments of self-efficacy as an outcome may have utility in other fields of practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-365
Number of pages13
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology


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