Choice of social work as a career: Possible influences

Elizabeth Lewis Rompf, David Royse

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Little is known about why students choose social work for a career. Certain life events in the family of origin may exert a compelling influence, though other factors are certainly involved. This study examines the influence of selected life events and such factors as prior employment, volunteering, and influential persons via a survey of 415 social work students and a comparison group of 203 nonsocial work students. Social work students were more likely to report problems such as alcoholism and emotional illness within their families of origin and to attribute these experiences to their choice of career.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-171
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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