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Ageism in Social Work Education: A Factor in the Shortage of Geriatric Social Workers
by Ball, Elizabeth, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 59; 10751740
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined ageism in social work students, which potentially could influence their choice to work with older adults. A sample ( N = 122) of students from six California State Universities completed an online survey. The Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) measuring positive and negative ageist attitudes and behaviors was the primary measure. Three questions from the Crowne Marlow Social Desirability scale were also included. Findings did not show conclusively that ageism is a factor among social work students. However, only a small percentage of the participants indicated that their current program specialization is older adults. Additionally, only a small percentage of graduate students reported wanting to work with seniors after graduation. This is similar to data published by the Council for Social Work Education and demonstrates that a workforce gap remains. Few competent geriatric social workers for the growing numbers of older adults are available.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brocato, Jo
Commitee: Chambers, Ruth M., Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Ageism, Social work education, Social work students
Publication Number: 10751740
ISBN: 978-0-355-86349-9
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