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The practitioner's attitudes toward religion and spirituality in social work practice


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

This is a survey study of NASW members, self-reported as clinical practitioners, randomly selected from the national NASW member list with two years post master's degree experience, measuring their religious and social work education experiences, therapeutic practice frameworks and attitudes about religious and spiritual issues in therapy. The analysis of the data indicated that clinician's worldview was spiritual and the majority viewed their client's religious and spiritual belief as a strength rather than a pathology with females more inclined toward strength than men. Findings also demonstrated that practice frameworks affected the clinicians' view that their client's religious and/or spirituality were a strength or pathology. Other important findings indicate that the sample members more closely aligned themselves with the general population in terms of spirituality. The significance of the movement away from classic psychoanalysis toward the systems-centered and cognitive-behavioral approaches was evident in those who responded. Given the historical development of the profession, it may be said that we are returning to a belief in God and that clinicians are choosing to use that belief with clients as a strength.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Religion;
Social work;
Spirituality
Classification
0318: Religion
0452: Social work
0647: Spirituality
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Attitudes; Attitudes toward religion; Clinical; Clinicians; Religion; Social work; Spirituality; Therapy
Title
The practitioner's attitudes toward religion and spirituality in social work practice
Author
Rapp, Margaret Ann
Number of pages
172
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0146
Source
DAI-A 70/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109491685
Advisor
Geisler, Carol
University/institution
New York University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3385096
ProQuest document ID
305210569
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305210569
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