It is estimated that by the year 2050 more than 100,000 professional social workers will be needed to meet the demands of the aging population. This qualitative study explored Master of Social Work (MSW) students' perceptions of stress and coping in family caregiving and their preparedness to meet the needs of family caregivers at home as well as in their future roles as social workers. The researcher met individually with 22 MSW students to conduct a structured interview to help identify trends and themes related to these issues. Findings were consistent with literature in identifying stress in anticipation of family caregiving. The results of the study suggest that although most participants are prepared for their roles as future social workers, many are not prepared for the role of a family caregiver. With regard to coping and their preparedness, many anticipate using family resources and building on skills learned throughout their MSW program. Social work implications for education and practice are discussed as are directions for future research.
|Commitee:||Chambers, Ruth M., Glezakos, Agathi|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Social work, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Caregiving, Family caregiving, MSW preparedness, Stress and coping, Student perceptions|
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