Anxiety preceding field work: What students worry about

Elizabeth Lewis Rompf, David Royse, Surjit S. Dhooper

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Data from this exploratory study suggest that both graduate and undergraduate social work students have high levels of anxiety as they prepare to enter field practicums. A survey of 255 students identified self-doubts, time and stress management concerns, as well as interviewing and counseling related concerns. Undergraduates were twice as likely to express self-doubts as graduate students and reported higher levels of anxiety. Suggestions are made for lessening pre-placement anxiety and increasing students' feelings of preparedness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-95
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 7 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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