Date of Paper

5-2014

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Colin Hollidge

Abstract

This research study was interested in assessing school social workers’ attitudes towards strength – based education. It was hypothesized that school social workers would demonstrate favorability towards strength – based educational principles, but not without some initial hesitations. Identifying these attitudes would highlight receptivity of social work professionals within the school systems towards strength – based education. An informed consent letter along with a research questionnaire was emailed out to 140 school social workers within the Minneapolis School District. The questionnaire included inclusionary and demographic questions in addition to nine strength – based questions that attempted to assess for the participant’s attitude towards these variables. Qualtrics was used to organize and analyze the data. Out of 140 participants, four completed the survey; causing the results to not be statistically significant. The results, however, did demonstrate favorability towards strength – based variables among all participants. The results also found correlations among licensure and employment status: LICSW participants and those employed for 1 – 2 years rated strength – based variables more favorable when compared to the other groups. Due to the small sample size and the lack of available research within this area, additional studies should be conducted.

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