Reactions of students to different settings of field experience

O. Sarid, J. Anson, M. Cohen

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The study assessed Israeli students' emotional-experiential reaction and attitude to different client populations, following a week-long experience in one of five social services settings. The study provides preliminary findings regarding the implications of first year students' experience on their emphatic skills, a subject that generally has not received adequate scholarly attention. Using a purpose-built, self-administered questionnaire, we found students' emotional-experiential response to their experience differed by the setting in which they were placed, being lowest in the Bedouin oriented services, intermediate among those placed in juvenile correction services, and highest in mental health, adult and child disability services. Responses were independent of all other explanatory variables, including sex, cognitive ability, previous training experience and perceptual shifts concerning the population served. We discuss possible reasons for these differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - 27 Jul 2009


  • Emotional reaction
  • Field experience in Israel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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