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
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Mar 2020

    Keywords

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

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