Do Stress and Coping influence Resilience in Social Work Students? (A longitudinal and comparative study from India)

SELWYN STANLEY, Mettilda Buvaneswari G

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Abstract

Background: Stress among social work students is an issue of concern and is known to have adverse outcomes.

Method: This study used a longitudinal design to assess stress, resilience and coping in
undergraduate social work students in India and a comparative cohort of non-social work
undergraduates using standardised instruments.

Findings: Moderate levels of stress and resilience were seen in the social work cohort, but no incremental progression in their manifestation as students progressed through their studies. Stress, problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies emerged as significant predictors of resilience.

Conclusion: There is a need to develop resilience in social work students to enable them deal more effectively with various stressors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
JournalInternational Social Work
Early online date24 Mar 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Stress, Resilience, Coping, Social Work, Student experience, Social work students

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