Social work students’ attitudes, self-efficacy, and concerns about clients with developmental and psychiatric disabilities in the UAE

Ahmed Bawa Kuyini, Hughlett Omris Powell, Satish Krishnan Nair

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Abstract

This study examined the attitudes, self-efficacy beliefs, and concerns of social work students in relation to working with clients with developmental disabilities and psychiatric (mental health) issues in the UAE. A four-part survey questionnaire—comprising Participants’ Background Information, Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, and Concerns about working with clients—was used to collect data. The data were analyzed using Descriptive statistics, t-tests, Regression, and ANOVA procedures. The results showed that participants’ attitudes were less positive. They also reported low Self-efficacy beliefs and moderate-high concerns about working with these client groups. Some demographic variables (e.g. training) influenced attitudes and Self-efficacy. Implications and recommendations relating to curriculum, teaching/course delivery and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-262
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work Education
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Disability & mental health
  • United Arab Emirates
  • attitudes
  • self-efficacy
  • social work students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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