Date of Award

5-1-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Margaret Counts-Spriggs, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study explores the attitudes and perceptions among social work students about political participation at three southeastern Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Eighty-four (84) survey participants were selected for the study utilizing random selection sampling. Survey participants were composed of currently enrolled social work students. The questionnaire used in the survey was comprised of two sections with a total of 25 questions (23 quantitative questions and 2 qualitative questions). Department chairs and professors, under the supervision of the researcher, administered the questionnaire to the participants. Findings of the study indicated that self-efficacy affects a student's perception of political participation and the social work school/department education's successful linkage of practice to social action affects student attitudes of political participation. Recommendations for continued research and practice are discussed.

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