Date of Paper

5-2016

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

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

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Kari L. Fletcher

Department/School

Master of Social Work

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the extent, effects and characteristics of role- confusion among school social workers in Minnesota. The quantitative study used an online survey tool to distribute and to collect a digital questionnaire from 125 members of Minnesota School Social Workers Association (n=125). Respondents answered 20 multiple choice and short answer questions regarding themselves, their positions, and their experiences with role-confusion as a school social worker. The results were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings suggested that; while social workers reported a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities, many of those with whom they work did not. This study goes on to present participants responses to short answer questions, and to suggest that school social work is a diverse, but poorly defined field and that more research is needed in order to better understand the roles and responsibilities of school social workers.

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