Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lessons from Cambodian American Social Service Providers: Career Choice and Social Service Considerations
by Kim, Alysha, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 65; 27834597
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the factors contributing to career choice among Cambodian American social service providers, in addition to recommendations for effective social service provision in Cambodian American communities. The present exploratory study involved the individual qualitative interviews of 26 participants who identified as Cambodian American and had previous experience providing direct service to the Cambodian American community. Participants were recruited through purposive and snowball sampling.

The study found that factors contributing to the career choice of Cambodian American social service providers included previous exposure to the social service field, previous experience working with the service population, and personal qualities, values, and experiences. Barriers to entry into the profession included cultural and familial values. Cultural considerations for service provision of this population included understanding historical and current trauma, intergenerational trauma and conflict, and resilience factors. The results of the study also demonstrated the high need for more ethnically and linguistically concordant social service providers in the Cambodian American community. Participants also provided recommendations for social service practice and the recruitment of more Cambodian American social service providers.

The results of this study should inform social work research and practice in the recruitment of more Asian American and Pacific Islander social service providers, particularly from historically marginalized and minoritized ethnic groups.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Chambers, Ruth
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, American studies, Occupational psychology, Asian Studies
Keywords: Asian American, Cambodian American, Career Choice, Service Considerations
Publication Number: 27834597
ISBN: 9798678189592
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