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Social work students: stress, support and well-being

Collins, S, Coffey, M and Morris, L 2010, 'Social work students: stress, support and well-being' , British Journal of Social Work, 40 (3) , pp. 963-982.

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    Abstract

    This appears to be the first piece of research in the UK to focus exclusively on stress, support and well-being of social work students. The findings of a postal questionnaire indicated no statistically significant differences related to gender, age, year of study or family commitments. Social work students enjoyed a high sense of personal accomplishment. They enjoyed their work with users. Students undertaking part-time work were subject to significantly more demands than other students. Important support was obtained from fellow students, course tutors and practice teachers, but significant numbers of students experienced problems with low self-esteem and emotional exhaustion. They would probably benefit from additional opportunities for mutual group support, individual tutorial support and stress management courses. Wider structural issues include the need for more adequate funding for students to reduce the need to undertake part-time employment. Findings from this study encourage a focus on intervention at different levels to reduce stress with individual students, groups of students, practice teachers, course staff and the institutional environment.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Social work education, social work students, stress, support, well being
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Work
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0045-3102
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    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 14:25
    Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 08:22
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14752

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