Working with alcohol and drug use: exploring the knowledge and attitudes of social work students

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594571
Title:
Working with alcohol and drug use: exploring the knowledge and attitudes of social work students
Authors:
Galvani, Sarah; Hughes, Nathan
Abstract:
Many social workers in the UK work daily with the social harms linked to problematic substance use. Historically, however, their drug and alcohol training needs have been overlooked. This study set out to achieve two key objectives: (i) to assess social work students' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, working with people with substance problems; and (ii) to develop and test a questionnaire to meet this objective. A four-part self-completion questionnaire was developed and administered to a purposive sample of 156 social work students. The focus of this article will be on the results of Part 2 of the pilot survey, which focused on the students' attitudes towards, and knowledge of, substance use. One hundred and twenty-one completed questionnaires were used as the basis for analysis. Three factors emerged as the key explanatory factors demonstrating significant relationships between them: ‘knowledge’, ‘support from colleagues’ and ‘legitimacy of role’. Social work training needs to recognize the need for alcohol and drug education within social work qualifying programmes in order that future social workers will feel equipped with the knowledge and legitimacy to do their job and meet the needs of people who have problems with alcohol and drugs.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Galvani, S., Hughes, N. (2008) 'Working with Alcohol and Drug Use: Exploring the Knowledge and Attitudes of Social Work Students'. British Journal of Social Work 40 (3):946
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
British Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
20-Oct-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594571
DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcn137
Additional Links:
http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcn137
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0045-3102; 1468-263X
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGalvani, Sarahen
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Nathanen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-22T11:33:42Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-22T11:33:42Zen
dc.date.issued2008-10-20en
dc.identifier.citationGalvani, S., Hughes, N. (2008) 'Working with Alcohol and Drug Use: Exploring the Knowledge and Attitudes of Social Work Students'. British Journal of Social Work 40 (3):946en
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102en
dc.identifier.issn1468-263Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcn137en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594571en
dc.description.abstractMany social workers in the UK work daily with the social harms linked to problematic substance use. Historically, however, their drug and alcohol training needs have been overlooked. This study set out to achieve two key objectives: (i) to assess social work students' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, working with people with substance problems; and (ii) to develop and test a questionnaire to meet this objective. A four-part self-completion questionnaire was developed and administered to a purposive sample of 156 social work students. The focus of this article will be on the results of Part 2 of the pilot survey, which focused on the students' attitudes towards, and knowledge of, substance use. One hundred and twenty-one completed questionnaires were used as the basis for analysis. Three factors emerged as the key explanatory factors demonstrating significant relationships between them: ‘knowledge’, ‘support from colleagues’ and ‘legitimacy of role’. Social work training needs to recognize the need for alcohol and drug education within social work qualifying programmes in order that future social workers will feel equipped with the knowledge and legitimacy to do their job and meet the needs of people who have problems with alcohol and drugs.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcn137en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to British Journal of Social Worken
dc.subjectalcoholen
dc.subjectdrugsen
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectattitudesen
dc.subjectknowledgeen
dc.titleWorking with alcohol and drug use: exploring the knowledge and attitudes of social work studentsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken
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