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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Social Work


This mixed methods research study explores the current interface of religion and social work in clinical practice. A total of 91 National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter members and 120 North American Association of Christians in Social Work members responded to clinical vignettes via an online survey. Subsequently, a small group of Christian social workers and a small group of Secular social workers convened for focus group discussion. This study found that the approaches of Christian social workers and secular social workers were not fundamentally different; however, there was some evidence of significant differences between the groups and their clinical social work perspectives and approaches. While response differences were present, this study was unable to demonstrate that they were directly associated with degree of religiosity due to additional demographic differences between the groups.

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