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LGBT-Competence in Social Work Education: The Relationship of School Contexts to Student Sexual Minority Competence.

Authors
  • McCarty-Caplan, David1
  • 1 a Department of Social Work , California State University, Northridge , Northridge , California , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
65
Issue
1
Pages
19–41
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1310547
PMID: 28353421
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between master of social work programs' (MSW) support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (LGBT-competence) and the sexual minority competence (LGB-competence) of social work students. Data were gathered from a sample of MSW program directors, faculty members, and students (N = 1385) within 34 MSW programs in the United States. A series of hierarchical linear models tested if a MSW program's LGBT-competence was associated with the LGB-competence of its students. Results showed a significant relationship between organizational LGBT-competence and individual LGB-competence within schools of social work, and that programs with greater LGBT-competence also had students who felt more competent to work with sexual minorities. These findings suggest schools of social work can take substantive action at an organizational level to improve the professional LGB-competence of future social workers. Implications for social work education are discussed.

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