Community Perceptions Of Social Workers
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The purpose of this study was to explore the community's perceptions of the social work profession. The study explored five specific areas: 1) view of social work; 2) roles of social workers; 3) community preference's for seeking help; 4) social work's value to community; and 5) sources of perceptions of social work. A survey was administered to parents and guardians of students at a local elementary during a school function. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. In contrast to previous studies, findings suggest that the view of social work is generally positive. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the professional job roles and abilities of social workers. Further studies need to be done within ethnic and at-risk communities to determine how to best reach those communities in order to provide services.