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Assessment of MSW Students’ Self-Efficacy in Achieving Social Work Competencies

Author(s): Hyun Sun Park, Amy Levin, Susan Love

This study assessed the attainment of practice competencies among 182 graduate social work students of an MSW program in Southern California. Using pretest-posttest design, this study measured students’ self-efficacy in performing social work practice behaviours at program entry (pretest) and at exit (posttest). A paired-sample t-test yielded statistically significant differences between pretest and posttest scores in all practice competencies (EP 2.1.1-EP 2.1.10(d)) issued by the CSWE. The results indicate that perceived stress, self-esteem, perceived support from family, friends, and significant others, and use of positive reframing and planning were strong correlates of students’ achievement of social work competencies.

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