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Exploring the impact of traumatic experiences on undergraduate social work students’ professional attitudes: using Q-methodology
Social Work Education  (IF),  Pub Date : 2021-12-30, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2021.2022116
HeeSoon Lee, Peggy Adams, Sooyeon Lim, Matt Molnar


One-third of American youth ages 12–17 report experiencing two or more types of childhood adversity, and social work students are no exception. Unidentified or unresolved traumatic experiences may be obstacles in learning and practicing social work in a positive manner; however, they should not be considered as negative attributes to being a social worker. Using Q methodology, 85 social work students’ views regarding the impact of traumatic experiences on their professional attitudes were analyzed. The finding suggested that traumatic experiences may affect students’ professional attitudes, and social work programs may contribute to enhancing resilience in addressing personal trauma.