Personal versus professional values in social work: A methodological note

William C. Horner, Les B. Whitbeck

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Abstract

Empirical studies of the values of the social work profession typically have focused on the personal values of social workers. This study is a pretest of a research design that distinguishes between the personal values of social workers and their perceptions of the values of the social work profession. The findings indicate that both the personal values of social workers and their perceptions of the values of the profession are distinguishable from the values of a sample of U.S. adults, but in different ways. The authors conclude that the values of the profession are accessible to empirical research and propose a research methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-43
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume14
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 19 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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