Date of Award

7-1-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examined to what degree social work students participate politically. This study also seeks to understand students' political interests, competencies, advocacy efforts and awareness, which are factors that contribute to political activism among social work students. Two hundred and eleven (211) participants were selected for the study, utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of social work students enrolled in an accredited social work program in the state of Georgia, whereas the programs are also governed by the Council of Social Work Education. The findings of the study indicated that, of the social work students, a majority disagreed that they were politically interested, competent, participated in political advocacy or aware of political issues that impact social policy.

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