Self-care among healthcare social workers: An exploratory study

J. Jay Miller, Joann Lianekhammy, Natalie Pope, Jacquelyn Lee, Erlene Grise-Owens

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Despite growing interest in self-care, few studies have explicitly examined the self-care practices of healthcare social workers. This exploratory study investigated self-care among practitioners (N = 138) in one southeastern state. Overall, data suggest that healthcare social workers only moderately engaged in self-care. Additionally, analyses revealed significant differences in self-care practices by financial stability, overall health, and licensure status, respectively. Interestingly, perceived health status and current financial situation were significant predictors for overall self-care practices. After a brief review of the literature, this narrative will explicate findings, elucidate discussion points, identify salient implications, and conclude with areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-883
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 26 2017

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  • Healthcare
  • self-carel
  • social Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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