Does a social work degree predict practice orientation? Measuring strengths-based practice among child welfare workers with the strengths-based practices inventory-provider version

Emily M. Douglas, Sean C. McCarthy, Patricia A. Serino

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Abstract

Strengths-based practice (SBP) is one of the primary modalities of social work practice. The literature on SBP does not address a standardized tool for measuring SBP or whether receipt of a social work degree is related to practice orientation. We measure SBP with a provider-based Strengths-Based Practices Inventory (SBPI-P) and examine whether a social work degree is associated with a higher level of SBP among 453 child welfare workers. The results indicate that the SBPI-P is a reliable measure of SBP, with three factors - Empowerment, Community-Culture, and Sensitivity-Knowledge - and that receipt of a social work degree is not associated with SBP. We discuss the potential reasons for the results and make recommendations for future research in the measurement of SBP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-233
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2014

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