TITLE

SOCIAL WORKERS' POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: STRENGTHENING THE POLITICAL CONFIDENCE OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS

AUTHOR(S)
Hamilton, David; Fauri, David
PUB. DATE
March 2001
SOURCE
Journal of Social Work Education;Spring/Summer2001, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p321
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on a survey of the political activity of 242 professional social workers. The research found that social workers are more politically active than the general public. For more than three decades, the rate at which most Americans vote and engage in other political acts has declined. Earlier studies of members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) suggest that social workers are more politically active than the general public. In addition to voting in general elections, many social workers engage in other political activities, including testifying before legislative bodies, contacting government officials, and participating in rallies. This article provides evidence of social workers' political participation in one large state and proposes further development of educational approaches for including political participation experiences and political skill-building in the social work curriculum. The benefits of political participation to the profession and to its clients are well-documented in recent social work literature. Political participation encompasses a range of activities best described as attempts by citizens "to influence the structure of government, the selection of government authorities, or the policies of government." Political science research has found that in the general population, adult political participation is affected by socialization to political activities and public affairs up to the age of 16 years.
ACCESSION #
4515973

 

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