Exploring the self-care practice of social workers in Slovakia: How do they fare?

J. Jay Miller, Zuzana Poklembova, Erlene Grise-Owens, Abagail Bowman

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Increasingly, social workers recognize the importance of self-care to practice. However, research examining self-care among social workers is nominal. Of particular paucity are works that explore self-care in international contexts. This exploratory study examined self-care among social workers (N = 200) in Slovakia. Findings indicate that participants engaged in moderate levels of self-care. Moreover, data indicated significant differences in self-care by health status, and number of weekly hours worked was a significant predictor of self-care. After a review of literature, this article explicates findings, identifies discussion points, and concludes by identifying implications for social work education, research, and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-41
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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  • International social work practice
  • Slovakia
  • self-care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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