Date of Award

5-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Hattie M. Mitchell

Abstract

This research study emerged in an effort to examine the views and experiences of first and second year Master of Social Work students relative to the role of religion and spirituality in the social work profession. A cross-sectional correlational design was used in this research study. This design was implemented through a 70 hem multifaceted questionnaire with a reliability of .82. The questionnaire was given to fifteen first year and seventeen second year Master of Social Work students at Clark Atlanta University. The sample consisted of 30 females and 2 males and 93.3% of the population was African American. This research study’s intent was to reexamine the place of reLgion and spirituality in the social work profession. The reexamination allowed practitioners to become empowered in knowing their own values and beliefs, and in turn understanding how to assist clients in their belief systems. The results of the study revealed that first and second year students have positive attitudes towards religion and spirituality in the social work profession. The study also revealed that there is no difference between the attitudes of first and second year students.

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