Recent literature has asserted administrative, societal and political changes have the potential to create role conflict for social workers as they struggle to balance client and organizational needs. Currently the literature presents a profession divided, as some rally for revisions to the mission of social work to accommodate the societal shift, while others fight to maintain the traditions of social work. By utilizing the concepts and assumptions of role theory and cognitive dissonance, a comprehensive framework of the problem being studied was formulated. The study gathered data through the use of a demographic questionnaire and survey. The survey instrument introduced eight practice situations in current practice settings. Each situation is representative of conflicting demands between the profession's NASW Code of Ethics and practice settings. Situations were discovered within the literature review and through personal practice experience, for example double booking, to satisfy utilization rates. Out of the 2200 solicited 376 responded. Findings indicated that conflict does, in fact exist. Regardless of contemporary practice setting, position held, practice type or years in practice respondents agree that all eight practice situations proposed are indeed perceived to be a value conflict, and do indeed occur. Throughout the study, two groups emerge with significant difference. Both private practitioners and administrators consistently stand out amongst the other categories within their demographic group. The study also revealed that newer additions to the field of social work (0-5 years in practice) perceive practice situations considerably different than the veterans.
|School:||Adelphi University, School of Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 68/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Social studies education, Welfare|
|Keywords:||Code of Ethics, Conflict, National Association of Social Workers, Practice demands, Social workers|
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