Employing a large-scale sample of 521 BSW students from 4 Israeli schools of social work, this research examines the factors affecting social work students’ interest in working with a wide range of client groups. The results suggest that student interest in working with specific client gro ps is affected by factors related to desire for professionalstatus, a reflection of social values, social work education, and work rewards and conditions. The greatest motivators in student interest in working with all the client groups examined were found to be (1) student perception of such work as contributing to one’s professional growth and (2) aversiontoward a client group. The limitations of the study and its implications for social work education are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)